Teaching Crafting to Orphanage/Foster Home In St. Maarten Island
Cupcakes and Lace recently had the amazing opportunity of teaching crafting to local children living in St. Maarten Island!
This past holiday season my mothers side of the family traveled on a cruise in the western Caribbean, to celebrate my Grandmothers 85th birthday! All 20 of us had a great time reuniting, eating lots of food, trekking through a rain-forest in San Juan and just observing the beautiful scenery every day!
I think one of my favorite experiences on the trip was visiting a foster home and orphanage in St. Maarten. This children’s home has been an active shelter and orphanage for children living in abusive households, or for those families that are not able to provide for their children. The home teaches these children schooling, helps provide medical treatment, recreation etc.
We had contacted this home prior to going on our trip. We thought it would be tons of fun to teach the kids some crafting and also bring them some crafting materials to keep with them! We really didn’t know what to expect when we arrived or if we would even be able to find the place.
When we arrived we were greeted with a colorful two story building with playground surrounding it. A very nice boy who said he was left in charge for the morning was there to let us in. We brought a few suitcases full of crafting supplies and the crafting began! It was slightly chaotic at first but didn’t matter because the kids seemed very curious and excited about what we might have in store for them. We pile in this room and find a table and start explaining to the kids who we are and what we were going to teach them this morning. We brought them cute little teddy bears that they all loved! We then showed them how to make mini sandwiches, and drinks for their teddy as well as some other little crafts they enjoyed.
We were sad to leave as we all had a nice visit! The kids thanked us for coming and gave us a crafty gift they had made prior to us arriving. It was an fun experience we will never forget.