On 19th December 2015, the Singles from CFCI Singles Porvorim Chapter embarked on a visit to Asha Bhavan, Tivim-Goa. The group comprised of 19 members. We travelled from Holy Family Church Porvorim and arrived at the destination at 10.30am.
Asha Bhavan is an orphanage for children located in Tivim and is run by the Sisters of the Holy Cross Convent with aid from Caritas-Goa. It takes care of around 35 children of all age groups, some of whom are in primary school while others in secondary.
As the gates opened, we were greeted by smiling faces of the cute children. They all eagerly looked to see who had come into their abode and were thrilled to note a couple of familiar faces among us, since some of us had paid them a visit a few months earlier. They welcomed us with open arms and looked extremely cheerful and happy. All of us were surprised to see their response.
As we proceeded to the entrance, a couple of kids ran up to us and hugged us. We then proceeded to the main hall where we gathered along with the kids, asked for their names and introduced ourselves. We then played a few games with the children namely “Bursting the balloon“, “Bombing the cartoon characters” and a mini Christmas treasure hunt. We had loads of fun and it was very evident that the kids were having a ball of a time too.
We then had a quick snack break after which we taught them a few action songs namely Boom diara, If you’re happy and you know it, Chada etc. This was followed by a time for art and craft, where our talented girls taught the kids to make various types of Christmas decorations from craft paper.
Before we knew it, it was time to bid them goodbye. We danced to a couple of action songs, clicked a few selfies and said goodbye to the kids. We concluded by 12.45pm but before we left, the kids wished us Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year while some of them just ran to us and gave us a bear hug.
We thanked the sister in charge for allowing us to spend time with the kids and gave her a few goodies that we had brought for them. It was a very touching experience for all of us who went for the trip and it helped us realise how fortunate we all are. As the Michael Jackson song goes: We are all a part of God’s great big family. And the truth, you know, Love is all we need.
Report by Blossom Martins & Nikita Devidas