Friday, December 21, 2007

Upon Arrival



My first opportunity to visit children at the orphange, upon arrival on September 8, 2007, was having my picture taken with a little guy shining his shoes. Happy children that accept responsibility, and enjoy life.The second impression of Sr Julie caring for a child . . . a child that died a few weeks later, was a somber reminder that HIV+ continues to be a very serious problem Many of the abandoned children are simply left to die of neglect in spite of the fact that often newborns with HIV-infected mothers give a 'false-positive' and never actually develop the virus themselves. Nyumbani seeks desparately to identify these children and give them a second chance, whether it be through adoption, a suitable community placement or permanent residency.

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