Why Advocate For Special Needs Orphans I Don’t Even Know?…

Because “every child with special needs has a value that matters eternally”.quote from Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

If you have been following my blog and are friends with me on Facebook, you will know that i have been posting a lot (at least once a week here & lots more on FB) about special needs orphans listed on Reece’s Rainbow. i started praying, advocating, donating to these orphans at the end of February and haven’t looked back since. It has been an amazing journey so far – a journey which has shown me that there are people in this world who are unselfish and have such great big loving hearts, who work so very very hard to love a child they didn’t give birth to, to care for a child they don’t know and never even met, to give up so much to bring this child home, to give said child the love and care which every child deserves, no matter how special their needs are. Most of all, i have seen how wonderfully God moves mountains and hearts. i have witnessed how lack of money, tedious paperwork and great distances are no matter when it comes to God loving one of these precious ones and bringing them home to their forever families.

The wonderful darlings listed on Reece’s Rainbow are considered by the society they are born into to be not perfect enough and for that perceived imperfection they were abandoned to institutions where there is no hope that proper care and attention can be given to them. Again i quote Archbishop Chaput:

Parents of children with special needs, special education teachers and therapists, and pediatricians who have treated children with disabilities often have a hugely life-affirming perspective. Unlike prenatal caregivers, these professionals have direct knowledge of persons with special needs. They know their potential. They’ve seen their accomplishments. They can testify to the benefits – often miraculous – of parental love and faith. Expectant parents deserve to know that a child with special needs can love, laugh, learn, work, feel hope and excitement, make friends, and create joy for others. These things are beautiful precisely because they transcend what we expect……..

The real choice in accepting or rejecting a child with special needs is never between some imaginary perfection or imperfection. None of us is perfect. No child is perfect. The real choice in accepting or rejecting a child with special needs is between love and unlove; between courage and cowardice; between trust and fear. That’s the choice we face when it happens in our personal experience. And that’s the choice we face as a society in deciding which human lives we will treat as valuable, and which we will not……..

We need to understand that if some lives are regarded as unworthy, respect for all life is at risk.

10 year old, Heather, who is a healthy little cutie and needs a family today.

These special ones will thrive with love and care from attentive parents and even affectionate siblings. (Click here to see how well 2 little boys are doing after being home with their forever family). They are worthy just because they are here on this earth with us. So please do not ignore these orphans who need your help.

11 years old Heath, who really needs his family to find him asap.

i, alone, can’t save all the orphans all at the same time. So i pray and advocate for them, one at a time, trusting that God will make straight paths for their forever families to reach. i pray for my beloved Heath and my darling Heather.

Please click on their pictures to view their profiles. Please donate to their adoption grant which will help their future families with the costs of adopting them and giving them a loving home. Please share their stories so that more can help and their lovely pictures may find their mummies and daddies. Please pray for them and their daily needs of food, warm, love and strength. Thank You.

syc

PS: if you do make a donation or share their stories, please leave a comment below so that i know and can thank you personally. Thanks.

PPS: This post was inspired by A Little Lemonade, a lady who shares my heart about these precious kids. Go over there & hear her wonderful heart shout out loud for these lovely children.

World Down Syndrome Day 2012…

Today is 21/3 and we celebrate people with Down Syndrome. This date is specially chosen as it represents the 3 copies of chromosome 21 (21/3), which is unique to people with Down syndrome.

This year marks the 7th World Down Syndrome Day (WDSD) and for the first time the UN will be observing this day, officially! Many countries all over the world have events to celebrate and create awareness of this condition. Click here to find out if your country has an event.

i’m happy to say that Singapore has always had an active group advocating for the needs and rights of people with Downs. Here is a brief report of their WDSD event. i am sad though that Switzerland did not have an event. Maybe next year it will happen here too.

Maybe you don’t know much about Down Syndrome. i have found this website called Kids Health which gives a fairly complete and good explanation of it. It is a great website to use as a resource for children wanting to understand some health issues. Click here for a kid-friendly explanation of Downs.

i like the first two paragraphs:

You have probably seen people who have Down syndrome. They have certain physical features, such as a flatter face and upward slanting eyes. They may have medical problems, too, such as heart defects. Kids with Down syndrome usually have trouble learning and are slower to learn how to talk and take care of themselves.

But despite their challenges, kids with Down syndrome can go to regular schools, make friends, enjoy life, and get jobs when they’re older. Getting special help early — often when they are just babies and toddlers — can be the key to healthier, happier, more independent lives.

But the star paragraph for me is the concluding one on the second page:

Because they look different, some kids may tease or bully kids who have Down syndrome. But these kids have feelings just like anybody else. When they get teased, it hurts their feelings. They want to be accepted and have friends. If you know someone with Down syndrome, you can be a big help by not teasing him or her. Instead, offer a helping hand and a friendly word of encouragement.

The tagline for this year’s WDSD is Let Me In. It speaks of inclusion, which is what every one of us wants; to be included, to be accepted for who we are. The UK Down Syndrome Association has a wonderful competition which does just that – a photography competition just for people with Down Syndrome! Photography is my passion and i can’t wait to see all the entries.

So will you take a step towards accepting a person (adult or child) with Down Syndrome? Will you help your children to understand these kids who have such a great capacity for loving?

In a lot of countries, children with Downs are accepted and given the special help, health care and education they need. But in many others, they are simply unwanted; thought to be useless and are thrown out like garbage. It is a sad situation; it is very heart-breaking when we know that given the proper care and a loving environment, these children will thrive and grow to lead full lives.

Almost 11 years old, Heath needs his family to find him asap. Click on photo for details.

Which leads me to what i am praying for and who i am praying for. i am a prayer warrior for orphans with Down Syndrome and other special needs, listed on the Reece’s Rainbow adovcate website. Specifically, i pray for little Heath and little Heather. Both have never been loved and cared for as they should be. Both have been in institutes, which can not meet their needs, for far too long. Both need a loving mummy and daddy to help them through life; to love them, hug them, let them know that they are wanted and accepted for who they are.

Could Heath‘s mummy or Heather‘s daddy be you? 

10 year old Heather, a healthy little cutie needs a family. Click on photo for details.

Or would you join me in praying for them? Pray that their needs be met daily and that their forever families will find them today.

Maybe you can contribute towards their adoption grant which would help their forever families get to them sooner.

Go to this post to read more about Reece’s Rainbow and, Heath and Heather. Learn 21 Truths About Down Syndrome as seen through the eyes of the families with Down Syndrome children. My favourite out of the 21 Truths is this:

3 They are everything wonderful that doctors DON’T tell you, and they are everything that is right in a wrong world.

Happy World Down Syndrome Day!

syc

PS: If you do consider adopting or becoming a prayer warrior or contributing to their adoption grants, please do leave a comment below so that i can send you a personal thank you and be praying along with you.

Praying for Children who Need Families…


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A little over a week ago, i reblogged a post from Joy in the Moments about children needing to be adopted. i was very moved by the post and have since looked more into it.

i am now officially a prayer warrior for 2 children who are listed on the Reece’s Rainbow website. These children listed on Reece’s Rainbow have Down Syndrome and/or other special needs. These little ones have either been abandoned or orphaned. Quite a lot of them live in institutions which either have no funding or no medically trained staff or both. So they are left on their own almost all day and nothing is being done to help them in any way, either through a lack of resources or lack of passion for these kids. Others are in slightly better institutions but still resources are greatly limited. They all need a loving family to give them a warm, caring home in which they can grow to become the wonderful persons they truly are.

Reece’s Rainbow works with different adoption agencies to highlight these children and to raise funds to ease the costs of international adoptions which can cost US$25,000 and upwards. There are families who want to adopt these kids but have limited financial ability to do so. For other families, it helps with the costs of the child’s medical needs when they do bring them home. These grants are only given when the families have committed and have a confirmed travel date to visit the child they wish to adopt. Any costs before that has to be bore by the families themselves.

i scroll through the long list of children and realise that this is but a drop in the vast ocean of needy orphaned children. i have heard terrible stories about some of the orphanages, especially in the poorer Eastern European countries. My heart goes out to these children and now God has led me to a practical way to help them.

i am not in a position to adopt (oh, how i wish, with all my heart, i could bring them all home or even adopt just one of these precious ones) so i do the next best thing; i help them by praying for them, by letting others know that they exist and need help and by donating towards their eventually homecoming.

Here are the little ones i am praying for:

Almost 11 year old Heath, who really needs his forever family to find him today.
10 year old Heather, who is a healthy little cutie and needs a family to love her.

Please click on their photos to find out more about them.

Please partner with me in praying for them, for their daily needs, for their forever families who would come and take them home. Pray that the Lord would keep them warm, strong and healthy (both physically and in spirit). Pray that the Lord enable the right families to find them and that the process to adopt them would be smooth and quick.

Please also consider donating to the costs of their adoptions if you can. If you do make a donation, please do let me know by leaving a comment below so that i can thank you personally and know how much we have contributed.

Thank you so much for caring.

syc