Often we hear people say they are a caring/giving person and want to help the under privileged. How many people do you know that actually do something? Recently, my friend Aleisha Ripley and her partner Ryan Kay had a holiday in Bali and this is Aleisha’s story.
“Visiting an orphanage has always been something I wanted to do. Ryan and I had talked about going to one, so Ryan did some research. Finding it was not too tough, communicated was, as very few spoke English. In our search we found Tuka Orphanage, Dalung. 82 kids are in this orphanage, run by the Nuns of the Catholic Franciscan Order and headed by Sister Maria Esther. The majority of kids are there because their parents are unable to provide for them, or they have no parents.
Once in Bali we headed to a department store and bought approximately 50 pairs of shoes, clothes, toys, educational books, lollies, dolls, sports gear, pens and pencils. We had no idea on sizes, so we just guessed. We also had some cash to give as well.
To see the look on all the kid’s faces when we arrived was just beautiful. They sang a song for us and showed us around. We spent a long time with the kids getting to know them and how the orphanage operates. We took so much, and had so much fun.
I left there feeling the best I have in years. I love kids and these kids were so beautiful, welcoming and incredibly grateful. We both got such a lot from this emotional experience.“
To speak to Aleisha about her experience at the Orphanage contact her at Aleisha-Jane Beauty on Crown Street Surry Hills 02 9331 3236 or go direct to the orphanage at: www.tukaorphanage.net