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  1. Hana Alwan via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    love this post<3

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  2. Val Dawson via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    Thanks Hana Alwan!

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  3. Nathalia ‘Dawson’ Burleson via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    Amazing story Val! My heart aches for those kids! I am so glad you could love on them!

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  4. This Way To Paradise via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    Me too! One of the best parts of the whole trip…

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  5. Trisha ‘Dawson’ Thomas via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    Oh Val, this is a beautiful story! So glad you simply gave them love and that’s what is most needed!

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  6. Brenda Dawson
    May 3, 2013

    Beautifully written! Beautiful the hands that love on those that need love! Being the temple of God showing His love to others much more valuable than visiting a temple.

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  7. This Way To Paradise via Facebook
    May 3, 2013

    Yes, they did for sure. Such sweet spirits.

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  8. Elaine Schoch
    May 6, 2013

    Great post! We spent time in a Russian orphanage whenwe were adopting our daughter. It’s amazing how much one person, one smile, one hug or even just a wave can impact these kids. Those trips put alot of tihings in life into more perspective. and had a similar experience.

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    • paradise
      May 6, 2013

      Oh, that is awesome. Yeah, my heart really went out to these kids!

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    • paradise
      May 6, 2013

      It’s so true, isn’t it? I’m glad that I got to spend the time I did with them.

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  9. gabi klaf
    May 6, 2013

    oh those babies. i love that photo of you on the floor with them all over you. oh. my heart. thank you for sharing more than just pretty beaches love. gab
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    • paradise
      May 6, 2013

      Yes, they were so sweet. I felt so blessed to be with them.

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  10. wandering educators
    May 6, 2013

    oh i want to be in that room with those babies. what an incredible experience – i’m SO happy you found michael – and he was brave enough to share this heartbreak, so you could help change lives, if even for a moment. LOVE .
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    • paradise
      May 6, 2013

      Yes, it really was an amazing day. It makes me want to look for more opportunities where I can give back when I travel!

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  11. Terry at Overnight New York
    May 6, 2013

    The babies are adorable — fingers crossed for all of them. But I’m not sure those bats are “lovely.”
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    • paradise
      May 6, 2013

      Ha ha!! I had the opportunity to watch some bats really close up in Bali. I used to be scared of them, but once I saw them close up, I found them cute and fascinating!

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  12. Bethaney
    May 7, 2013

    Beautiful story… those babies are little heartbreakers.
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  13. Dale
    May 7, 2013

    One thing I’m learning about travel is that the largest change that seems to happen to people is an acceptance of just how good many of us have it back home, that we’ve been taking things for granted.

    I’m glad you could do something to help, something genuine & without a large ‘donation’ up front like so many other volunteering projects.
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  14. Jennifer
    May 9, 2013

    What was it that made you feel unsafe traveling in Sri Lanka on your own ?
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    • paradise
      May 9, 2013

      Hi Jennifer,
      If you read the previous posts on my blog, you will read that I had a hotel owner put his hands down my shirt, a tuk tuk driver flash me, etc. Other solo women also had men on the street flashing them. Politicians often rape women there but suffer no consequences by paying bribes. Government officials are even talking of giving all solo women travelers pepper spray when they arrive at the airport. After going through all of this, I also found Sri Lanka very expensive and underwhelming. The worst place I’ve ever traveled to!

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  15. Penny Sadler
    May 9, 2013

    What a wonderful experience Val. I wish I could be there. It’s got to be gratifying even if it is a bit sad.
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  16. Cat of Sunshine and Siestas
    May 13, 2013

    My boyfriend is a military pilot who often spends his free time in Djibouti (he’s part of the anti-piratig missions) at a nearby orphanage. The stories he tells me are heartbreaking. As a teacher in a country where kids are treated like royalty, I seem to never be able to give out enough hugs and compliments, and it’s always so easy to pick out the child who doesn’t get enough of it from their parents. I’m glad that your driver took you to a place where you could safely help other, and not just with tourist dollars.
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  17. Barbara
    August 13, 2013

    So glad you were able help. Those precious little babies need all the hugs and loving they can get. I sure your bright smile and warm hugs made them all feel a little better. Very nice post, I really enjoyed reading it.
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  18. Alyson
    November 4, 2013

    Lovely. Where in Sri Lanka was this?

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    • Val-This Way To Paradise
      November 5, 2013

      Alyson, it was in Kandy.

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