i read this amazing article about a family with 4 children with albinism; that’s right 4 out of their 6 children (including an adopted daughter) have the condition. But that in no way limited them in life and successes.
Their oldest, who was declared legally blind at birth, has beaten the odds and now is married, a mother of 2 and a successful photographer! All because she had parents who believed in her, who supported her, who loved her, who was able to get her the medical treatments she needed.
All their children have not let their disability stop them or even slow them down. Their mother’s motto is :
‘Your only handicap is the limit you put on yourself,’ … ‘You can accomplish great things if you put your mind to it.’
i wish for my sweet Wesley to have that kind of mother, that supportive family and all those opportunities and medical treatments which would enable him to get the most out of life and to show the world everything he is capable of doing!
TODAY is my sweet WESLEY’s DAY on Forty to Forever, the Lent Fundraiser and Journey i am a part of. The aim is to give Wesley as much visibility (no pun intended) as possible and to raise at least US$400 for his adoption grant.
Didn’t i just raise money for him in November? Yes i did! Why do i keep raising money for him?
Because he has only 17 months to find a family! In August 2014, he will turn 14 and then become un-adoptable!
So what has money got to do with it? Well, in the country where he is in, he will have little to no chance of getting a family because he is already 12 years old and because his condition is not socially acceptable there. He sticks out like a sore thumb because of his fair skin, white hair and vision problems. So international adoption would be the way for him to have a chance at a family. BUT international adoptions are very expensive! There is a whole ton of paperwork to do and pay for, medical exams, travel expenses and compulsory donations to the orphanage, costing US$30,000 and up.
My hope and prayer is that if his adoption grant has a bit more, then his forever family would not be deterred by a lack of funds and also it would help them race through the process to get him without worrying extra over fundraising. It is indeed a race against time to reach him before August 2014.
Now i’m know i’m not going to be able to raise that US$30,000 for him overnight (although i know God can if that is God’s plan, for His Glory). But every little bit counts.
So would you please help? Please go over to Forty to Forever and give whatever you feel led to. There is also a fabulous giveaway you can enter with 40 different great items to choose from. See here for giveaway details.
Please also share this post far and wide so that we can truly give sweet Wesley the best chance of finding a forever family! You can read Wesley’s profile on Reece’s Rainbow here.
Thank you so very much.