Summertime meant a vacation from school for most, but not a vacation from helping orphans in foreign countries.
Isabella Wechsler spent her summer volunteering in a special-needs orphanage in Jiaozuo, China.
She writes, "Working with the children there was probably one of the most humbling experiences of my life. Almost all of them have physical or mental disabilities of some form. Yet they handle difficult situations, and even the somewhat depressing conditions of their daily life, with such grace. They act genuinely excited when their friends "go to America", even though some of the older ones have slowly watched their friends leave them behind for years. I can't imagine having even half of their mental fortitude, and I am constantly amazed at their appreciation for the littlest things, like a page of stickers. In terms of the orphanage itself, it was pretty nice...since it's brand new and was built to represent the new "model" orphanage that...others are...to [follow]."
Isabella blogged about her experience. Follow these links to read more: