Agape Village employs about 14 people and the caregivers work in the kitchen and help to keep the orphanage clean and tidy. These ladies are some of the children’s favorite friends.
When we visited last month, every time I walked through the rear open-air room where these ladies work, there was usually always a child sitting on a stool, hanging out, or one of the ladies was getting someone a cup of water, or they were refereeing a disagreement, or they were supervising some chores the children were doing.The children like to play right outside the the open kitchen area and these ladies always have an eye out for them. Kind of like…mothers.
I regret I didn’t get to know these ladies very well, because they seem to be important to the children. Like big sisters, aunties or a favorite babysitter, these women offered a haven in the rear of the house where the kids could go when a change of scenery was needed.
Besides all the care and comfort these women offer the children, they are also always working. They cook the meals for the children in GIANT pots over a hot flame, “swatting” (stirring) most of the time. And they are washing clothes or linens ALL THE TIME! (Can you imagine 60 KIDS’ laundry?!) They hand wash the laundry in a tub outside or in the oversized sinks, and hang everything out on the line to dry. Usually there are some kids that help with the hanging.
These ladies are an important part of Agape Village. God has many hands and feet that look after the children in the orphanage and we are grateful that He brought us Agness, Sylvia, Mary, Patricia and Bridgett. Please pray for God to continue to bless Agape Village, and these sweet ladies.