Yep, it is a sad sad statement but so very true for many in the world; many who are in such difficult circumstances that just getting through another day is a blessing in and of itself, many who do not even know that a new year has come because it is just another day for them, same hard life as always; many who can not even speak for themselves.
There are so many who need help in this world and i so wish i – we – could help them all but… it is not possible. However, that does not mean that i should sit by and do nothing. No. i can do something, i can help and even if i help just one of the thousands, i would have helped and that one person who have a better future…
So i continue my advocacy for special needs orphans and this month, the Teamwork Tuesday bloggers are focusing on Spina Bifida, a condition where the spinal cord isn’t completely covered on both sides. You can read more here and here.
Many infants in countries where medical facilities allow are treated early and have an almost normal life with this condition rarely limiting their development. However, where medical care isn’t so advanced and where society is more fearful of disabilities, these children do not have such opportunities.
Emmitt is one of these children with no chance for such early treatments and no opportunity has been given to him to prove that he can succeed in life. Instead he is an orphan, deemed to be unfit for even a basic education simply because of his physical condition which can be easily managed if he had a loving family who would support him through all the treatments and therapies needed.
There is a more urgent need than his physical health. Emmitt is 15 years old and in a year’s time, in 12 short months, he will age out of the system and he will either be sent out onto the streets with just the clothes on his back and a tiny amount of food (maybe money) and expected to find work with no skills and no education, or he will simply spend the rest of his life in a crib, confined to nothingness for the remainder of his likely short life.
He may not be able to walk but he is said to be “extremely smart” which means his mental capacity isn’t affected by his physical disability. A family who saw him said the following: “He is very friendly, funny, and talkative. He desperately seeks out attention. He was talking to my husband, and holding Zack’s hand, which he then put on top of his head for Zack to rub his hair. He is extremely intelligent, and just precious! I brought him paper and crayons, and he drew me a flower.”
This sweet clever boy needs a family to help him get the best out of his life. He can have successes and accomplishments. He just needs a caring family who would believe in him. Are you that family? If you feel drawn to Emmitt, please please contact Reece’s Rainbow for details.
There are other ways you can help too. You can pray for Emmitt, pray for his daily needs and most of all pray for his forever family to come for him. You can share his story so his family can be found.
You can also help his forever family reach him faster by growing his adoption grant (international adoptions are so very expensive). Click on his name or picture to donate.