Chrissie Divona and daughter Phoebe, are preparing to travel to India to work in an orphanage.AT a time of year when people are pre-occupied with their own needs, one mother and daughter will be returning to an Indian orphanage to spread love and happiness.
In November 2010 Phoebe, then 14, and her mother Chrissie Divona visited an orphanage of 100 children in Banbassa.
Their plan was to do whatever they could to enrich the children’s lives, but by the time they left, they found they had received more than they had given.
“When I went over there the first time I thought you know I can really help these people in the orphanage, and when I got there it was really them helping me,” Phoebe said as she reminisced at the humble and selfless attitudes of the children who have inspired her to return to India.
At 15 you would expect that Phoebe would be spending her money on clothes, shoes and all the essentials of a teenage girl’s life, but Phoebe has been relentless in saving for her flights, going without so she can get back to her friends at the orphanage.
“I have been seriously saving since May, when I started working at McDonald’s, but really I started saving as soon as I got back,” she said.
“Sometimes I think it is a lot of money but I don’t think twice about it now,” she said.
The pair leave on January 6.
Since their first visit, the Divonas have kept in contact with the children.
“They just loved us being there, a lot of people go over there and say that they are going to come back and they never do and it is really painful for them to have people in their lives care and love for them and then be torn away and I couldn’t do that,” Phoebe said.
The pair have raised $3000 and have planned activities for the children.
If you would like to help go to www.indianorphanage南京夜网.
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