Right before I left to Cuzco I met a woman named Eve who worked at a publishing firm in New York. When I told her I was going to be working at an orphanage with kids she immediately offered to send some English books for them. She sent so many beautiful books about all different topics and for all different ages.
On Monday I gave all the older girls their books. They were ecstatic! Gracias! Gracias! Gracias! They kept saying as they turned the pages. The girls immediately started asking questions about what every word on the page meant.
The girl with the Rainforests book chose this one specifically because she was from there. When she opened the book she began reminiscing about what it was like growing up in la selva. She knew almost every animal on the page and their special characteristics. She could even pin point all the plants and fruits and tell us how she used to use them in her daily life.
We spent the whole day reading through the books. I would have the girls read a sentence and then we would translate it together. They learned all about animals, rainbows, the sun, dinosaurs and a brave little sheep named Charlotte.
They were so happy to have these new books and to be learning so many new things. They kept telling me to make sure to say, gracias Eve!