Lately, I’ve been more involved than ever in giving myself to volunteer work especially in orphanages. My mind has been consumed with the idea a pursuing the “pleasurable utopic life.” This idea of “pleasurablenes” comes from places of emptiness, that are fleeing and shallow. I found myself in this constant search of pleasure and satisfaction that left me empty and sad, more than I was happy. Then, as tacky as it sounds, “I had an epiphany,” and I asked myself, “What makes you happy?” What gives Lorena meaning and desire to do more in life that makes a difference, and has a purpose. That for me is sustainable happiness.
For months, I would be very happy and then very sad at times, but I would never show that I was sad to people, because I don’t want to bring people down and cause sadness. And then, I was AHA! Lorena, likes making people happy, especially children. Orphan children are often times abused, trafficked, and in poverty.
I’ve started going to Casa de Refugio in Rosarito, Mexico almost for three years. I visited them every three months, and now I go every other week. When I started going more often, I realized that I was impacting these children lives for the better. Just thinking about them and the idea of helping them out just brings me instant happiness. Happiness that I can sustain, and I would go back to in a matter of seconds.
There are 62 children in the orphanage. Ages range from 3-16 years old. They are the sweetest and well-mannered children I’ve ever interacted with. Every time I visit, I bring different activities such as bowling, scavenger hunts, coloring books, painting, and soccer matches. I have the time of my life with them. My mind is there and present in the moment. I don’t care about anything else that’s happening. Living in the present and feeling that present happiness is worth living for. Not living in the past nor the future. (Obviously, prepare for the future, you know what I mean )
Right now, they are in need of a metal staircase to replace a falling wooden staircase (that’s falling) to pass a “safety” license in Mexico. I talked the administration lady today and she said they quoted her $8,000 dollars, not pesos. That broke my heart because they don’t have that money, and no one is willing to help out in a pro-bono basis. Honestly, if I could build a 30+ steps metal staircase I would do it. I’m going back to the orphanage next week, please let me know if you want to help or donate. See how can you help below:
How can you help?
- They are in constant need for food. There is 62 mouths to feed along with the volunteers that host the orphanage. They love pasta, lasagna, and doughnuts. Best food items to donate are: pasta, sauce, tortilla, beans, any canned food items.
- Toiletries such as diapers, tampons, and wipes.
- Shoes: they need black shoes to go to school
And last for not least, if you know how to build a metal staircase or know someone that knows how to do please contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in volunteering with me feel free to contact me too. The more the merrier. You will have fun, I promise.
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