We are now waiting for approval to deliver the packages which we cannot do until Customs releases them. We are hoping for Wednesday. In the meantime most of the Canadian delegates are heading home so we have rebooked a few, who are able, to stay a little longer. Eight of us flew out very early this morning and are now traveling home, but I will post the final updates next week when I have pictures and stories from the remaining Canadians.
Last night before we left, our musicians met with the children one last time in the music room. Oleg, the orphanage director, came in to say goodbye and thank them for all they have done. He said the children were so excited about music now and that this program would definitely be the highlight of their entire school year! He also mentioned that several of the children who were prepared to leave school and the orphanage at the end of this year ( after grade 9) have now changed their minds and will now stay and complete school through grade 11! What an incredible moment for all of us but especially for Chad and David. This is our hope with every program and initiative that we put in place, to have a long term impact and change the direction of these young lives. Here are David, Chad and Chris with most of the music students.
We are so excited for the children and this program, but also for Chad and David, it’s not everyday that you get to go home with the clear knowledge that you have changed someone’s life!