Boy, born October 2001
Crossed-eyes, development delays
From someone who met him:
Marv is a very sweet, happy boy. He loves to play soccer, even though his vision problems make that very difficult for him. He has been living in a boarding school for typical kids, and receiving his own private lessons, but recently was transferred to a facility in another region specifically for children with special needs. His favorite class is math, and he gets great grades in math. His least favorite class is Ukrainian. He is said to learn more slowly than other children, which is why he has required private lessons.
Girl, born February 2002
Mental delay, HIV
Devora is a real sweetie pie! She loves to have her head rubbed, and enjoys being tickled. Her smiles and giggles are absolutely heart melting! She does not talk, stand, or walk as far as I could tell. Her idea of mischief is to kick off a shoe or hide her arm inside of her sweatshirt, and she’d giggle as these things were corrected.
She seemed to find it very amusing when I would ask her where her hand was, then say “There it is” as I removed it from inside of her shirt. This became a game, and she would giggle as she hid her arm again as soon as I removed it from inside of her shirt. She is a very content little girl, and something as simple as a spiky ball could put a big grin on her face. I never saw her upset as long as she was allowed to play in either her bed or her chair, but she would become upset if I tried to move her to a more unfamiliar area to play.
Boy, born 2004
Adam is a sweet, easy to please little cuddle bug. He is very much like a cuddly, curious little toddler. When I first met him he did not seem interested in me at all, but as time went by he began to want affection, and would grab my hands if I stopped rubbing his head and put them back on his head.
One day I picked him up and from that moment on he wanted to spend most of my time there in my arms. When I arrived he’d jump up from his little wooden chair, and hurry over to me with his arms raised. If I didn’t pick him up fast enough he’d try to climb up into my arms using nearby chairs or beds, and he would not hesitate to grab items from my hands and set them down to free up my hands so I could hold him. He also began to cry whenever I left. He loves wind up toys and toys that vibrate, and would giggle happily and flap his hands to show how excited he was about them. His other favorite toys were a pony he enjoyed chewing on, any sort of car, and some legos that made a train. He is not verbal but was beginning to make noises to communicate. I tried to teach him to sign more one day, by signing hand over hand with him. When I asked him to sign it he took my hands and helped me sign it. He seems to me to have a need for love and affection that can only come from a loving family. I would love to see him thriving and meeting his full potential, as well as bringing joy to as many people as possible!
Boy, born September 2010
spina bifida (congenital malformation of the central nervous system, spina bifida of lower thoracic spine and upper lumbar spine)
lower paraplegia, pelvic organs dysfunction, hydrocephalus
Girl, born 2002
FAS (fetal alcohol syndrome), probable secondary CP
Julia has such happy, giant brown eyes and a smile that lights up a room!
From a volunteer who visited with her in July 2014: “I know Julia as a big Drama Queen. She loves attention and she’ll do anything to draw your attention. But not this year. I don’t know if she was on heavier seditives or that she lost her strength to fight for attention. The only thing she’d do was take my hand as I walked by. Normally she’d wheel after me and try to climb on me, but it seeme like there was no strength left. I missed my Julia as I know her, my little monkey. I want her to find back her energy to get out of life what’s in there. She’s an amazing girl and she deserves a loving family. She Always has a big smile on her face and she’s really caring. She takes care of dolls as if they are real babies. She feeds them, changes their diapers. She loves to play with my hair and she actually tries to put the band in it. She is amazing! She would be such a good daughter! ”
From a family who met her in December 2013: “I have to shout for this precious girl for a moment…we are here now and we see her everyday at the orphanage. The pictures don’t do this dear one justice at all; she is gorgeous and so very sweet!!! She can’t walk on her own (she can if she is assisted!) but she is still quick! She comes over to me everyday and wants in my lap, to shake my hand, or give me a hug. She has SO much potential and I can just see the hunger for love and a Mothers touch in her eyes. She has been overlooked long enough!!! She is darling….truly!! ”
From someone who met her: Julia is a girl that I know as the girl with the big smile. Somehow she just seem to smile almost always. She’s a little monkey. Whenever somebody enters her group she would crawl up to that person and just start to climb on him/her. She doesn’t even need you to give her a hand, she’ll just climb up without any help and then she hangs on your neck, looking around, proud, as if she wants to say ‘Did you see that? Do you see where I am?’
Her favorite toy is a doll. She plays with it as if it is a baby. Keeping the doll up straight, putting her down carefully. She feeds and clothes the doll. One of the nurses showed her how she should put a cotton diaper on the doll, she totally loved it. She even sings lullabies for the doll and she’ll ask visitors to do the same. She also loves to play with long hair. She really tries to make ponytails or braids.
Julia is able to walk, but her legs are really crooked, and she needs help to keep standing or to walk. Julia is described as curious and enthusiastic.
Boy, born 2001
Sullivan is a sweet, loving little boy. He is described as cheerful and curious. The smile on his face when he is being held is absolutely precious! He is not talking, but appears to be very capable of learning sign language to communicate! He loves to play “If you’re happy and you know it” and made up a sign for this, clapping his hands together.
Sullivan then quickly learned the ASL sign for more. In addition he has a sign for potty, and drink. He does not go right away to strangers, but wants those he is comfortable around to hold him and play with him. He is not able to stand or walk, but crawls to get around. When hurt by another child he will not attempt to defend himself, but will cry in hopes of someone comforting him. Sullivan is a very sweet boy who would do wonderfully in a family!
From a volunteer who visited with him July 2014: ” Sullivan is getting weaker. He needs to get out. He is a wonderful boy with an awesome smile. He loves to be held and cuddled. He hates it when you put him down. But he’s the kind of boy you would want to hold the entire day. I never want to put him down. Sullivan needs a family! ”
Girl, born August 2009
Spina bifida – Congenital malformation of the central nervous system, myeloradiculomeningocele with rachischisis of lumbar spine; internal hydrocephalus, low paraplegia
Lovely Lanora needs a mama to let her beautiful hair grow out!
Large families welcome, married couples only.
Boy, born April 2009
Cerebral palsy – Spastic diplegic cerebral palsy
Moderate mental delays; Divergent strabismus; Planovalgus (foot) deformity; malnutrition
Macarius speaks, plays toys and has a positive personality, smiles often. He is a very good boy!
Macarius doesn’t walk, the boy needs a surgery and even with surgery there can be only hopes for his future ability to walk. The doctor in the orphanage says he has good prognoses for the future and his development.
Additional pictures available. Large families welcome, travel required.