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Week 10 Day 1 - "Adios a los Hermanos"

I thought this was going to be a very sad day for everyone. It marked my first farewell at the Hogarcito. The three siblings left for good. They had been here a long time, around two years, I think. So I thought they felt at home with the tías (especially Soccorro) and the other kids, and it would be a tough good-bye. Luckily I was wrong...

With the rules of the PANI, siblings cannot be parted through adoption, i.e. they can only be adopted, if all of them are adopted together. Both girls had behavioural handicaps, and one of them a skin condition that shortens her life expectancy to teenage years. Chances of adoption were very slim in this case. As the Hogarcito is meant to be only a temporary solution, a permanent solution had to be found. There is a village near Cartago which hosts some sort of Foster homes. Other children from the Hogarcito had been sent there previously. So when about a week ago they went to meet their new "Foster mom" and children they'd share their new home with, Luís came back very excited because he had met old friends in the village.

I was glad to see that they were actually excited to go. Karen had helped me to prepare a memory game with pictures of the children, tías, staff, and volunteers for them to take away and remember us by. Especially Silvia likes to play memory a lot.

From what I understand they are not allowed to be in contact with "their old world" for about 6 months to avoid homesickness. So I cannot expect any update before I'm leaving in a few weeks. For me, it is very tough to realize that I will never see these kids again. A first taste of my farewell coming up soon.

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Dirk, das war ein erster Vorgeschmack auf die Verabschiedung, die mir bald bevor steht. Und gleichzeitig war das die erste und einzige Veränderung in der Gruppenzusammensetzung der Kinder im Hogarcito während meiner 12 Wochen dort. Das hatte ich nach der anfänglichen Einführung fast schlimmer vermutet. Da dachte ich fast, es sei ein reges Kommen und Gehen von Kindern. Glücklicherweise war es nicht so.

Die drei Geschwister waren oft nicht einfach. Die beiden Schwestern hatten gravierenden Verhaltensstörungen. Trotzdem mußte man die drei gern haben. Besonders Luís, der mich mit Vorliebe bei gato (tic tac toe) geschlagen hat und dabei auch nicht aufgegeben hat bis wir draußen den ganzen Boden mit unseren KreideKreisen & -Kreuzen voll gemalt hatten.

Ich bin froh, daß sie sich auf ihr neues Zuhause gefreut haben, nachdem sich herausstellte, daß sie dort alte Freunde wiedersehen würden, die zuvor lange Zeit mit ihnen im Hogarcito verbracht haben.