On the 18th of September, the team of 13 Singles from CFCI Singles Porvorim Chapter gathered at the Porvorim church, 8:45am. Leaving the church behind in the rear view mirror, we arrived at the Holy Cross Convent ASRO, Tivim, only to see little faces at the window whispering, “They are here, They are here“, an amazing feeling I must add.
We spoke to the nuns and headed to interact with the kids after handing over some medication which we had purchased for them. We met about twenty children and they were all happy as ever to see us and interacting with them made us happy as well. We began by playing a game. We played passing the stuffed animal between your legs till the last person reached the front. It sounds complicated but is actually a very easy game to play and was super fun. Teams were made, battle lines drawn and we began, the best team did indeed win though no one was keeping score. After that we sang and danced to several action songs, some known by all and a few new ones.
We danced to ‘Chada‘, ‘Boomdiara‘, ‘I love bananas‘ and ‘Yes lord‘ over the course of the morning.
After which we played a game of wearing and passing the belt to the music of the always energetic Sammy. This game too had a new winner and everyone celebrated.
Next, we all took a break to recharge our batteries, it was hard to tell who was more exhausted, the kids or us. We began with some painting. Some of the singles forgot they weren’t thirteen and joined the kids in this task! Since they were already in one place and not running around we followed this with some craft where they made wall hangings, using various shapes and thread.
We had a few snacks before continuing the jumping and running around. We continued with some more action songs and wrapped up the morning with a game of musical chairs. After everyone had a dose of us, even the kids were tired and we knew it was time to leave. We cleared up our mess, gave the prize chocolates to the nuns as we did not want any kids to overdose on sugar, promising that we would return in December.
As we left the venue, I was reminded of the words of St. Vincent de Paul:
Extend your mercy towards others, so that there can be no one in need whom you meet without helping. For what hope is there for us if God should withdraw His mercy from us?