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Making Faces
THIS SUMMER I had the privilege of traveling to Ghana, Africa, with my fellow healthcare students. Throughout my
trip I fell in love with the Ghanaian culture. We had the chance of visiting Hardhaven, an orphanage for Ghanaian children.
I was immediately drawn to a sad little boy, Lassie. No matter what I tried, he would not smile, but I was not going to give
up on this one. Eventually, he did warm up to me and we ended up taking goofy "selfies" on my iPhone and tossed a ball
around while laughing hysterically. He could not stop smiling and clung onto me tight for the rest of our visit. I later found
out that he was new to the home because he had just recently lost both of his parents to HIV/AIDS. Before we departed,
I gave him a warm hug and began to cry. Leaving him was way more of a challenge than I had anticipated. He taught me so
much about love, life, and strength. I left with a very heavy heart that day, but open eyes and a happy soul. I fell in love with
a 6-year-old boy, who will forever hold a special place in my heart.
SUZIE RICHARDS
Student, University of South Dakota

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