Emily M. and Kaitlyn M.

As interviewed by Lindsey M., March 18, 2019

Emily M. and Kaitlyn M.: In their own words

Emily M. and Kaitlyn M. talk about their experience at the Hogar Orphanage in Guatemala.
Kaitlyn: I actually felt very saddened at first because, we had a tour and they showed us all of the, you know, where the kids lived and stuff, and I’m like “Aw.” I didn’t know what to expect, you know, but then seeing where the kids lived, you know, they looked so happy to be where they were. The little girls lived in this building that looked like a princess castle. It was made out of concrete and it was in the shape of a castle. I walked in and I was like, this is every little girl's dream, to be a princess and live in a castle so they were very well taken care of. We went into the pecas, is what they were called, at the little boys. They had superheroes drawn on the walls. I think they got an artist to draw on the walls for them and it was amazing.

Kaitlyn: There was a slide. It was made out of concrete, it was on a, almost like a hill. There were about eight slides that went down the hill and the kids loved those. I’m pretty sure I went down the slide at least a hundred times while on the trip because the kids would just go over and over and over again on the slide.
Emily: Even the little babies would [go down the slides]. A teacher would come up to you and be like, “You need to hold their hand whenever they’re going down the slide or you need to put them on your lap because it’s dangerous,” because the slide was really dangerous. It was concrete and there was just a drop.
Kaitlyn: And they [the kids] would run down the slide and we’d be like “Aaahh,” you know. The kids would try to test their limits or whatever, and I was just hoping that no one got hurt, but, I mean all kids do that.

Emily: I remember one time, one of the little babies, probably the youngest baby there, she was probably, like, maybe two, maybe a little less than two…
Kaitlyn: Gaby?
Emily: Gaby, yes. One of the teachers came up to me and was like “You need to hold her hand,” and she gave me her hand. I would hold her hand and either carry her or hold her hand while she went up the stairs. She wanted to do it all herself. She didn’t want me to help her, but the teacher said, you gotta hold her hand. So, I would go down with her on the slide, I’d put her on my lap. And at one point I had two babies on my lap and I had to help both of them go up the slide.
Kaitlyn: I remember that.

Kaitlyn: It was hard because we couldn’t eat vegetables, like raw vegetables, it had to be cooked. So, I would be about to eat a strawberry or an apple, or something, I’d be about to eat, well, you could eat like bananas, you could eat like oranges or stuff that had like a peel on the outside, but you couldn’t eat like apples,strawberries, you know, any berries, because they used the water to clean them and we couldn’t drink the water, so. That would have been bad. It was hard because multiple times my mom would have to slap food out of my hand, “Don’t eat that!” So, you know, that was hard.
Emily: Also the showering was kind of hard ‘cause here we always have hot water. There was not hot water. We couldn’t, we had to close our mouths when we were in the shower. You had to take quick showers and hygiene in general [was hard] because you had to use bottle water when you brushed your teeth and you couldn’t wash your face and just stuff like that.
Kaitlyn: Baby wipes [for washing your face].
Emily: It was hard to get used to and you couldn’t put toilet paper in the toilet.
Kaitlin: Oh, that’s right!
Emily: So you had to be really, really careful about that and it was really hard to get used to. Whenever we came back [to America] I was like where’s my bottled water or where’s the trash can I can’t put toilet paper in the toilet. It was really hard to get used to everything again.