June 17, 2005
attack of the killer ants
Last night it poured which resulted in an infestation of ants in my room. There were literally thousands of ants everywhere- floor, bed, desk, cupboard. In case anyone ever experiences this problem the solution is to light a piece of paper and wave the flame around near the ants. The heat will kill them and then they can be swept out of the room. That was the most eventful thing that was happened in the past couple of weeks.
Days here are long and peaceful. I spend most of my free time talking to the kids; they are all very willing to confide in me. Most of the kids there are orphans but there are some whose parents are still alive but are too poor to take care of them. During the summer the kids with families get to go home for 1 week. It seems that these kids have a harder time than the orphans because they get homesick. The kids are amazing. They are so ready to be loved and they really look up to me. They are really interested in hearing about life in America. They idolize it as some sort of paradise where everyone is rich. Its hard to convince them otherwise.
This week i am trying to help the nuns set up an internet connection. Last year they got a donation of ten computers but no one really knows how to use them so they just sit there collecting dust. Looks like I might become the English teacher/ computer skills teacher pretty soon.
Posted by Thuy_Nguyen at June 17, 2005 10:22 PM