Volunteers paint orphanage in Mexico
Marco Munoz, Director of our Mexico programme reports:
"We started to work at "Casa Juan Ruiz" as it is known. It is a house for boys whose parents are in prison.
John Etheridge was the first volunteer working there from Projects Abroad and responsible for the painting project. Soon after he arrived he realized the children needed time spent with them but John decided he wanted to leave something more permanent.
The children's rooms were in really bad condition. John thought repainting the walls of the bedrooms would be the best way to make a real contribution.
He got together twenty volunteers who were all keen to help out. We met up early on a Saturday morning and took the train to the orphanage. John explained his plan to paint each of the rooms with a different theme and colour. There were rooms with the theme of the ocean, space, jungle, sky, desert and even a prehistoric room.
We were divided into groups, some preparing the rooms for painting, filling up the holes in the wall with plaster and sanding them down, others started painting the walls, another group painted the metal bunk beds. We had three artists in the group who were in charge of the paintings.
We worked all day and finished off with a very nice meal prepared by the staff at the orphanage. It took three weekends to finally complete the job.
I would like to thank everyone involved with a special thanks to John Etheridge, Emma Howell-Matthes, Camilla Gruzman & Lindsey Bevan for all their work and dedication to the project."
This news story includes references to working in or with orphanages. Find out more about Projects Abroad's current approach to volunteering in orphanages and our focus on community-based care for children.