The smiles and the laughter........it was hard to go even a few seconds without seeing the very happy and playful faces of the 83 children at New Hope Orphanage. My daughter Bailey and I spent 8 days there in late December, 2011 volunteering. We came to teach the children English, math and science while they were on their Christmas break. Our days were filled with a series of wonderful interactions with the children. Their happiness was infectious and it is quite evident that these children are well cared for by the very loving staff and leadership at New Hope. Because of New Hope, the children now have the opportunity to grow up and flourish in a safe, loving and nurturing environment. We are very grateful to have been able to spend that time with them and very much look forward to returning!
My name is Bailey Evans and I am a senior at the University of Montana. I was lucky enough to travel to New Hope orphanage this past Christmas with my Dad. We went with the intentions to teach the kids, learn about them, and do whatever was needed to be done. What happened was we taught the kids, learned about them, learned about ourselves and completely fell in love with every single child. Waking up each morning knowing I would get to go out and play with the kids, learn, teach and undoubtedly hear a TON of giggles was easily the best way to start each day. The time I spent at New Hope will be something I know I will cherish for the rest of my life. I plan to stay involved and watch these kids as they grow up into adulthood.