Archive for October, 2010

October 29, 2010

Family Needed

Sibling group of three children in Uganda.
Boy age 10, girl age 8 and boy age 4.
Double orphans. Need a family as soon as possible.

Please email me if interested. sister_haiti@yahoo.com

October 28, 2010

October 28, 2010

Some Videos

October 27, 2010

Swimming?

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This is Mayer after he decided to go swimming in a sandbox full of water today.  Oh, and he had to taste some of it too.  Blech…

October 25, 2010

Sponsors desperately needed….

THESE KIDS ARE NOW SPONSORED!!!!!

Some of you will remember when I wrote this about a little girl I met in Uganda last time I was there.

“Imagine you are a 7 year old girl in this slum. Your mother is called “mad” and shunned in your community because she is mentally disabled. You are a product of rape, as are your siblings. Your mother is pregnant again. Not by choice, but when she is raped frequently by unknown men it is what happens. There is no door on the tiny shack you live in. Men come and go as they please. You see things no child should ever have to see. You don’t go to school. You are dirty and dressed in rags. You don’t eat much. Other children make fun of you. But despite all that you kneel to greet the strange looking people who come to talk to your family and smile when they take your picture. You’re beautiful. You deserve so much more.”

This little girl and her brother are in a desperate situation. We’re hoping to get them into a boarding school where they can be safe. We need sponsors willing to step up and rescue these children.

The boarding school costs $35 per month per child. Thats $70/month for both of them.

PLEASE consider sponsoring these precious children. Maybe your church or small group would like to take this on? We’ll be able to provide updates on them and how they are doing.

These children deserve the very best. They are in an extremely dangerous situation right now. If they aren’t already being abused they will be eventually. I can’t just sit by and let them continue to live like this.

After we get these kids moved I’ll be working to figure out how to help their mother. Any ideas are welcome!

Spread the word. Ask around. Lets get these kids somewhere safe.

October 23, 2010

Cholera in Haiti

Partners in Health is an awesome organization we’ve worked with in Haiti. If you want to donate to people working on the ground in Haiti I would always recommed them or Real Hope for Haiti

http://www.pih.org/blog/entry/pih-responds-to-cholera-outbreak-in-haiti/

 

 

October 20, 2010

We love fall!


October 14, 2010

The waiting kids…

Thank you to everyone who emailed about the waiting kids I have been posting about!  I thought I’d give a quick update.

Gage has a family!!

Monroe has a family!!

Most of the Ugandan little ones I wrote about should be matched with families soon!

The kids that are still waiting:

A gorgeous 5 year old girl.  She is BEAUTIFUL, sweet, silly, and has a smile that lights up her face.  She is HIV+ but very healthy.

An adorable 7 year old boy.  He is such a ham!  He’s so cute and funny.  Very ticklish.  Loves to play and be silly.  He is HIV+ but very healthy.

An amazing 3 year old boy.  He is soooo adorable and sweet.  He is the cutest little guy ever.  I’m just in love with him.  He REALLY needs an adoptive family.  He has Downs Syndrome and is HIV+.

HIV is such a manageable disease here in the US!  It is considered more manageable and better controlled than diabetes!  These children don’t pose a risk to your or your other family.  They can live long, healthy lives with the right medicines!  Please educate yourself about HIV.  You may very well decide that it is something your family can do.

There is a Yahoo! group here for families interested HIV adoption:  www.groups.yahoo.com/group/hivadoption
Check out:
From HIV to Home : http://www.fromhivtohome.org/
Positively Adopted:  http://positivelyadopted.com/
“Don’t spend time worrying about weird and obscure ways of transmitting the virus. The simple fact is that if no one shared needles and everyone wore condoms, the HIV epidemic would disappear.”
October 10, 2010

Fourth day in Uganda

The day after we got back from Fort Portal we got up early.  Today was Jinja day.   Danielle and I walked to the main road from the guesthouse and tried to figure out which taxi to take going to the old taxi park.  We decided to abandon the taxi idea (I find the taxi system in Uganda so incredibly confusing) and just get a boda boda to the taxi park.  So we hailed two bodas and made our way into the city.   We weaved our way through the taxis to the Jinja sign where Linda was waiting for us.

The two hour trip was a piece of cake after our hours and hours on a bus to Fort Portal.  We had a great trip and were able to visit a large orphanage while we were there.  We also took the chance to visit the source of the Nile and meet friends that are in Uganda adopting for lunch.

The orphanage we visited is poor but the kids were a little better off than some of the others we’ve seen.  Of course, the children are just beautiful.   We were able to hand out shoes, underwear, toys, school supplies and other small gifts to the kids here (thank you to everyone who donated!) and they were so happy!  We were also able to purchase them some fresh food and soap.  Two things they really needed.

No many how many times I see it, I never get used to seeing groups of children growing up in orphanages without families.  I’ve said it so many times, but children SHOULD NOT grow up like this.  Children need families.  Parents.   These children are desperate for it.   Many of these children have lost their parents to AIDS, some to other diseases like TB and Malaria.   Some of them are HIV positive themselves.  Most of them have known what a family is like and they miss it.  They don’t want to live like this.  Some of these children have a parent still alive but too poor or too sick to care for them.  The ones that are adoptable…well, most of them will probably never be chosen for adoption.  Either they are too old or they are HIV+.  Or both.  Heartbreaking.  For all of them.

October 6, 2010

One year

A year ago we received two pictures in an email.  Two little boys.  Both orphans.  Both needed a family.  We were told to choose.

They weren’t the greatest pictures.

I sent an email to a good friend that said  “How are we supposed to choose?!  Please pray….”

I was so confused and unsure.  I emailed the attorney and asked if there were any younger babies available.  I was nervous about their ages.

We prayed.  I was still unsure.

Keith felt drawn to one little boy over the other.

We decided that he was the one.   We said yes.

Our sweet Mayer.

We thank God every day for giving us this great gift.

These pictures just amaze me.  The difference in this child.  Not only is he bigger, older.  But you can just see something in his eyes.  A change.  Nothing can replace the love of a family.