Friday, August 7, 2009

Aides foundation and mission home

We went with Jose Luis Cardenas to deliver Church-donated hygenic kits to children with the HIV virus who live in an orphanage operated by a community of the Catholic Church. The kids' don't have functioning parents -- the parents are dead or drug addicted. The kids go to school and eat and sleep at the orphanage. The above photo shows the official kit presentation to the director of the orphanage.

The little boy above can't tolerate the drugs needed to prevent full-blown aides. He is in isolation and probably won't live much longer.

The children at snack time. We arrived at the orphanage just as the children were coming home from school.

Carolyn and Royal with the children and the orphanage director. This foundation, supported by the Catholic Church, is better furnished and maintained than many similar foundations that we have visited. What keeps the children functioning are the expensive drugs they are able to get. There are about 20 children, ages 1 to 15. The hygenic kits were very much appreciated. The Church ordinarily doesn't partner with well supported foundations like this one except with small gifts like the hygenic kits. These kits are assembled at the humanitarian center in SLC and then shipped all over the world.

Last Sunday we , along with three other senior missionary couples and the president of the Bogota South mission and his wife were invited for dinner at the home of the president of the Bogota North mission. It was very nice. They served Ajiaco, our favorite Colombian soup. Shown in photo above at the right are President Casablanca (white house) of the Bogota south mission and his wife. He is from Puerto Rico. His wife, although born in the USA, lived most of her life in Puerto Rico and met her husband there.

Sister Casablanca on the left and Sister Hacking on the right -- wives of the two Bogota mission presidents.


  1. What a great experience. It must have been so hard to see those sick children. It looks like your dinner party was fun. They all look like such nice people. I am so proud of you guys. Love you. Julie

  2. Great pictures and what a wonderful experience you have had. The dinner party sounded so fun and the food you guys eat sounds so yummy!! You are making such great friends and making such wonderful memories and really touching lives!! We are so very proud of you. Love, Kristy

  3. Thanks for posting. You guys look great and are doing such amazing work. You are both such examples of service and compassion. I love you and an so proud of you!