Hey everyone, I apologize for not having update much recently. The events of the past week (see the post below this one) have occupied the majority of my thoughts recently.
In the past week there's been a bit going on with my time here. The Sunday before last I volunteered at an orphanage for children with HIV/AIDS, which was an incredible (and incredibly heartbreaking) experience. We were fortunate enough to meet with one of the founders of AIDS Care China, the organization that runs the orphanage and we found out that many children with AIDS end up in the orphanage due to one of three factors: their parents were lost to HIV/AIDS, their family cannot afford treatment, or their family simply does not want a child with HIV/AIDS. The children were so fun to hang out with, full of energy and eager to ask us lots of questions (they ranged in age from 6-12.) We led them on a campus tour of Yunnan University and then visited the orphanage itself where we taught them some English, played games, and drew pictures with them (they draw quite a bit better than I do!) All in all, it was an incredible experience, and I pray that one day the stigma against HIV/AIDS in China will be gone so that these children will no longer be ostracized.
Last Saturday I visited 石林, the famous Stone Forest of Yunnan Province. It was a fairly pricey trip (nearly 300RMB for the entire day, expensive by Chinese standards) but so incredibly worth it. I've got some pictures I'll try to upload later (I have class soon) but in the meantime, you can check out some videos I took there that I uploaded to Youtube.
While you're over there, feel free to check out the rest of the videos from my summer abroad and semester abroad that are on my channel!
Catch y'all later!