Egan Anderson

The last couple of days have been incredible! We are finally in Chamba, we teach the kids all day, we work together as a team, we are using the curriculum we have developed, and we see that all of our hard work has paid off! Even after two days with the kids, I think all of us would agree that this experience has already been worth all of the fundraising, Sunday night meetings, and other preparation that made this trip possible. Two kids who live next door to the place we are staying have tagged along for our classes, and it has been interesting to see how far ahead they are because they can afford a normal education. One 8-year-old girl who attends the local school has about the same language and math skills as the smartest 15-year-old girl from the temple orphanage. This is the battle we are fighting. This comparison has made it clear to me how much these kids need our help to learn in order to have a chance getting jobs and being successful. As we asked the girls yesterday what they want to be when they grow up, they said doctors, teachers, and one girl even wants to be president. They have such high aspirations, but they need some help to reach their potential. I feel like we truly are making a difference for these girls. For 50 weeks in the year, they are taught in monotone things they should have learned 7 years earlier, they live in a crumbling orphanage away from family, and it seems as if nobody cares. During these two weeks, however, they are princesses. They are hugged and tickled, taught with enthusiasm by people who love them, and they catch a glimpse of their potential, and what possibilities the world has to offer. For these girls, all of our preparation and hard work has paid off, and I have no doubt that they will be more successful in life as a result.