As the world continues on in turmoil. The day to day life a Wat Opot child leads is somewhat simplistic. Besides being ‘home schooled’ and having about 20 of their fellow Watopotians still staying with their relatives, times are not much different than usual.
One such example is our Sunday ‘free day’. ‘Free’ meaning no study time and not so much structure in schedules. We do not have child-care staff on Sundays, so it’s up to Melinda and a few older kids to help keep the young ones supervised and more importantly, occupied. On this lazy hot Sunday, the ‘new room’ (name pending) was put to use.
Earlier this year Partners in Compassion moved their finance office to a newly built building next to their other offices in one area of the property. This long awaited change gave the children two ‘new rooms’ to utilize! Lucky for us, the rooms are right next to our preschool and were already tiled and had a bathroom, so all it needed was a good cleaning, cracks in the walls patched, a new coat of paint, and safe electrical outlets.
With the children pitching in, it didn’t take long at all.
Some old broken cabinets that were left behind were dismantled and their hardware taken out to be recycled into another project.
The finished main room was turned into a big playhouse of sorts. We were able to free up the preschool of all the doll babies and their accessories, many stuffed animals and the loads of play kitchen items that have been donated over the years.
As a bonus, off of the main room, the old rice storage room (from way back when Wat Opot received World Food Program rice donations) is now ours!
At this time, the very large ‘rice’ room is solely occupied by all our incredible ‘dress up’ clothes and Halloween costumes that have been donated over the years. It is nice to have them hanging clean and easy access for the kids to roll play to their hearts content. Previously they were stuffed into 2 large suitcases and stored under a bed.
So on this lazy Sunday the children occupying this room were anything but!
Baby Chanda really enjoyed her first time playing in the room.
Somnang creates little areas for himself when he plays in the room. He walks into the room, goes straight for these 3-tiered baskets, discards anything that had been put into them, moves it to his preferred location, and proceeded to make it his own. He finds ‘his’ babies and packs in everything he and they may need. On this day, there happened to be a ‘fourth’ basket on the top and he quickly removed it, hanging onto the stilts for presumably some DIY project for a later date.
When lunchtime rolled around, it didn’t take long for the kids to put that room back in order. Play food is fun, but doesn’t carry much sustenance.
And for the first time, the room was used during nap-time. Not sure if it was the 3 hours of play or the fact that with all the windows closed it is gets really dark in there, but they are sound asleep and ready to do it all over again in an hour or so.
We continue to be forever grateful for the 90% of donated items in this room!