Anyone that has children will surely agree that bath-time can get quite crazy, especially when the children have more energy than you before or after an exhausting day at work. In our family, it’s no different, except instead of one or two or three children to bathe, we have forty-five. We have three showers in three different rooms, but that’s no match for the rambunctious children that look forward to showering in them. Although there are two separate bathrooms for the younger boys and girls, the biggest challenge is still posed, as they require the most help. In a small crowded bathroom, sitting on the small bathtub ledge, trying to get the younger children to calm down as their excitement increases at the sight of water flowing from the sprinkler head, successively preparing them for their time to shower, and bringing them out of the standard size bathtub without them slipping their way over to reach their towel…this is no easy task.
The idea for outdoor protected showers was one that we had since early September, but one that never seemed to find its way into the making. School fees, uniforms, food costs, Christmas, medical expenses and the latest Chikungunya mosquito born virus kept us from making these showers to better facilitate the children’s bath-time. Whenever we turn, however, there is always a hand willing to stretch out and help. Earlier this month, friends of our Cardinal Stepinac Children’s Home family approached us with stretched out hands, willing to make the outdoor protected showers a reality. We can happily say that showering the children will no longer be a worrisome and stressful task, but one that is both fun for them and helpful for their caretakers.
The seven shining new showerheads and the carefully laid tiles came together to make a very functional and well-designed outdoor shower; however, what makes the showers stand out even more is the care with which they were given, the time that went into organizing their creation and the thoughtfulness of those hands who stretched out to help our family. With heartfelt appreciation, we thank Gaby and those in civilian and military staff in MINUSTAH for their continued help and recognition of our accomplishments and on-going needs.