The annual Healing Home Christmas party is a very big deal with our staff. It is only a week until we head to NZ for Christmas with our family - so the party needed to happen on Friday just gone. We really had fun!
This is our fourth Christmas in the Healing Home. We followed last year's pattern: give each of the girls money to buy their own present (it has to be something that 'spoils' them: what they would really like) which they must wrap and put under the Christmas tree. Then we plan a menu according to what they wish for (banana cake from Susie's oven; chook from Kentucky, big fried fish ...), set up a long table upstairs and have a whole lot of fun.
Sokha's first Christmas with us - and like a duck to water ... She is our week-end cook as now Vanny, our previous week-end cook is now promoted to a carer position. Darra the guy works for Donnie and often transports our patients to clinics. Sypho is next to him, with her new curly hair-do, and sandwiched is Sopheap.
We invited Heng to come and join us too. He is such a great guy even tho' life has not been easy for him since he went to a rehab place. Talk about excited - this party invitation has fixed a huge smile on hs lovely face. We're kidnapping him for four or five days now; he loves being among our staff again.
I'm in a girls world - here are all our choice staff. Rin, the girl next to me volunteers two days a week, as part of the 12-month internship church training program she is part of; all the others work for both love and money!
The girls all bought us pressies too - very, very sweet! Here is Touch our cook - she has been with us since Day 1 in the Healing Home.