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La FortunaOrphanage

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Hi, I'm Rachel Mendelson and I'm 15 years old. This past summer I traveled with other teens to Costa Rica to volunteer at La Fortuna Orphanage. In only 3 short weeks I developed bonds with the kids that I could never forget. I went to Costa Rica on a mission to help and came home with another large mission.

During the 3 weeks I was there we painted murals, played with the kids, varnished ceilings, fixed doors, and many other things around the orphanage. Those short 3 weeks was the most amazing experience of my life. The kids were the happiest kids I have ever seen and they never stopped smiling, despite how little they had. Whether it was raining, sunny, or stormy they were always excited to go outside and have a good time.

The Orphanage in La Fortuna holds up to 17 children ranged in age from infants to 10 years old. Many have been moved from their homes for various reasons such as malnutrition and unsafe environments.

Currently, the orphanage is hoping to expand their building which would not only allow the children to have their own room and more living space, but also so they can build an art/dance room.

Being in Costa Rica and the environment these kids have to endure each and every day is astounding. We all hear the saying "there's people who live worse than us" but it's very different to see it than simply hear it. Despite the challenges these kids and the amazing women who take care of them endure they still live every single day happily.

If you are interested in helping please donate! Anything helps! Thank you so much!

Here is a link to find more information about the Orphanage:
http://www.lafortunaorphanage.com/

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