During the orientation, we were advised not to go if we have colds, coughs, fever or even when we're feeling slightly sick. Because of the kids' immune system is off, they can get the virus and fall sick. We were also advised not to show sadness and cry in front of them. The kids and their parents are already going through something difficult, they shouldn't feel more down.
So we were there to spend time with them, entertain them with activities such as bead making, story telling, painting and playing. We were also there to talk to the parents, to keep them entertained and if they wanted to talk.
The kids and the parents really made ChildHaus their home. Some have even stayed there for 10 years. Some have moved on to the other life, some have gone home healed and some are still undergoing treatments. Kids, being kids, were very pleased to have visitors. I got a ward who was 5 years old, a very happy, talkative little girl. She's full of enthusiam, possitivity, questions and energy. Borrowing Simon Cowell's words : she's a funny little thing. She first wanted to do jewelry, so we made her a necklace, ring, earrings. And then we moved on to do painting. She has leukemia and has been undergoing chemotherapy for 2 years. Since she's responding possitively to the treatments, she might be able to go home come December. Such blessing!
I left Child Haus amazed at how they have lived their lives and continue to live their lives. Going there, I expected to see a gloomy place, with sad kids and heavy hearted parents. But I left with memories of happy kids, hopeful parents. Life is indeed unexpected and I think, it is in the unexpected that we're able to grow.