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PostSubject: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Mon 17 Aug 2009 - 7:43

this is the letter I sent to my mother, thought I would share it with my friends here and hope you can get on board with supporting these children by Advocating for them, Praying and if you can sending money.
you can visit my blog before you read this if you would like to see his photo's first (i would hehe)
Aden and Zhenya photo's

 

Mum I want to tell you about, Zhenya
Iíve fallen in love with a little boy, whoís photo I have seen on Reeseís rainbow.
Reeses Rainbow isÖÖÖÖ (Iíve posted information about this ministry below)

Can you believe, how much he looks like Aden?, Mum.
He is so adorable.

When I first seen his sweet face , I had to look again, get up close to the computer screen, only to feel a lump in my throat. I felt like I was looking at my baby, your grandson, I cried so much for him.

I felt a deep need to reach out and grab him. But I cant, he is so far away and our laws here in Australia donít allow us to go and get him.
Mum he is 2.5 Yrs old, his birthday is 5days and 1 year after Adenís.
He will go to an institution at 4years of age.
Some Orphanages can keep children until they are 5 and sometimes 6years old, this is sadly rare. Zhenyaís orphanage is a poor one in Eastern Europe, and he will be sent away at 4, 4years old!

Mum I cant stand this for him, he will die within the year of being in the institution. He just wont survive. The little ones never do.
The second photo I sent you if you look at his cot, it is, on the floor, a wooden floor. You donít even let my dog sleep in your Laundry, when we stay because your floor is tiled and you say she would be cold.
This is a little boy! And he is all alone on the other side of the world, my heart brakes for him. I wondered how much cold air gets through his mattress, then I looked again and it looks like he sleeps on a Doona. No Mattress.

I showed Craig his photoís and he cant believe how much Zhenya looks like Aden either. He came home yesterday and said how he cant get him out of his head. I cant either and I don't think God wants me to.
Craig said, we need to do something, we need to go get him. Tears welled in my eyes cause we cant.
We are going to make an effort, to let people know about these precious children. They need us to, they need our thoughts our prayers and money. Sadly that is it, they do need money, why do I feel so bad to ask for money for a child that has no voice?
Itís crazy, instantly though I hesitate to say ďmum can you help send something,Ē that something is money, I shouldn't feel so bad for saying can you spare a buck or two.

These children are the most venerable children in the world. Why donít we hear more about them?
People. CelebritiesÖare often on TV, talking about children in other countryís that need money for education, foodÖthey often donít have parents but they do have communities (Mum Iím not saying they have a good life, itís crap I know it. I just donít understand why we only hear, about some kids and not others.) and why is it ok for TV to ask us for money, but we instantly have some odd thing, where we feel we cant ask for money for Orphans? To heck with that.

Well we have to speak up for these children, I recon, they are all our kids no matter what part of the world we live in. We canít let this, boy die without trying.
Kids in these baby homes, when they have, little to no money like Zhenya they have less chances of finding a Forever family, a family that will love them forever. No matter what. This is because Adoption costs, the family's often have a few weeks in an overseas country, as well as all he fee's....time off workÖ we need to make it easier for these familyís that desperately want these children.

I hope you will send him some money, mum?
Iíve donated today , that should show up in the next day or two.
I paid direct to RR and asked for it to go into Zhenyaís fund. Since then the lady from Reeses rainbow, has set up and ďChip inĒ pay pal account so we can donate straight to that.

Itís on our family blog, do you still have the link? Here it is http://4ever-blessed.blogspot.com/2009/08/no-one-to-make-him-toast-please-pray.html
If you can mum, please donate something anything. If everyone we know donated $12.50 Australian that would give him around $10 American. Hopefully others can give more.
And we pray, we must not forget the power of prayer, sending light and energy into the universe.
How can a child, you have never meet, mean so much to you? Mum itís God the universeÖ
I knew when I had Aden I had to do something, Iíve felt drawn to Orphans before but never like this, this sweet boy has taken over my heart and mind, he is on my mind pretty much constantly the last few days.
every time I see his sweet face I see Aden, itís amazing a miracle. Just what I needed to push me to do what, I know in my heart I have to do, help people know of these children.

Iíll give you a call in the morning.

Love
Cathy

Here's a little about Reece's Rainbow:
Reece's Rainbow is a Down syndrome adoption ministry started by a mom that has a son with Down syndrome.
Andrea Roberts learned of the injustice that our kids go through in orphanages overseas and stepped up to make a way for people to see MANY kids from MANY places all in one website.

She also formed a 501C3 US registered non-profit organization to collect money for grants for these children to help families overcome the financial boundaries of international adoption.
There are SO MANY families ready and willing to adopt, but at $17-35K for an adoption (depending on the country), it is often outside of a family's ability to come up with the funds.
Grants are formed through individual donations and grants stay designated to the CHILD until the child has a family not only commit to adopt him/her, but also get their travel date to go. This assures that funds for the kids are not 'lost'.
For more information about Reece's Rainbow, you can visit www.reecesrainbow.org/aboutus.html or www.reecesrainbow.org/leadershipteam.html. Reece's Rainbow currently has only one paid 'staff' member and the rest is done through donated time of 80+ hours each week.

Reece's Rainbow exists primarily to advocate for the orphans with Down syndrome (and other special needs) abroad, to raise funds as grants for these children to help them have a family commit to bring them home, and to help families in the process of adopting one of these special angels to continue to raise their adoption funds as well as receive support, encouragement, and a shoulder to lean on through their process and after.
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Mon 17 Aug 2009 - 11:13

Hi- Thank you for sharing your letter to your mum. I belong to the yahoo group attached to reece's rainbow and it is devastating to see some of the little one's photos knowing their circumstances if they are not adopted. It is so poor that in Australia we are unable to adopt these little ones because of the immigration laws.
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Mon 17 Aug 2009 - 21:15

Oh Cathy, i feel so emotional Sad reading your letter.

Iam a little worried I'm scared bout looking at the pics as i will think about it for days on end.

I wonder if there was a standed email or i guess i could do one up and send it to everyone i know to build awareness and education.

Ok im gonna go look at the pics...

And thanks for sharing Beating Heart
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Mon 17 Aug 2009 - 21:44

sunshyne wrote:
Oh Cathy, i feel so emotional Sad reading your letter.

Iam a little worried I'm scared bout looking at the pics as i will think about it for days on end.

I wonder if there was a standed email or i guess i could do one up and send it to everyone i know to build awareness and education.

Ok im gonna go look at the pics...

And thanks for sharing Beating Heart

That would be great if you could all pray and let people know about these Orphans. They really do belong to all of us, Australia needs to step up and stop turning itís back on these children.
I cant even say to people ďif you donate you can use it as a tax deductionĒ as we cant. Not that I care for myself but more people will donate if they can use it as a deduction at tax time, just like Americans do.
I wish I knew more people, but I donít.
We are going to have a charity garage sale, to try and raise money for Zhenya.
Not sure what else we can do, if I coul sew or was crafty Iíd make things and sell them with a photo of him and information about RR. But I cant Iím useless at the stuff. I cant do raffles cause you need a licence or something. Ugh what else could I do to raise money?
I should go mow lawns before the weather warms up. Hmm any ideaís please?
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Mon 17 Aug 2009 - 21:57

angelgood1 wrote:
Hi- Thank you for sharing your letter to your mum. I belong to the yahoo group attached to reece's rainbow and it is devastating to see some of the little one's photos knowing their circumstances if they are not adopted. It is so poor that in Australia we are unable to adopt these little ones because of the immigration laws.
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I just joined I only found that group a few days ago. cant wait to be in clap
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Tue 18 Aug 2009 - 20:38

My mum said 3 of the people (one was her sister) said they wouldnítí send money to any charity outside of Australia because they are always scams.
So far only 2 people was well as myself have donated. Mine hasnít been updated yet because, I paid in before Andrea (from RR) made the chip in. Ugh I keep thinking of this darling boy (and all of the children) who has his cot on the floor, no mattress just a doona in the bottom of his cot.
I know I didnít give to this children the first, second or third time I knew about their situation but I never thought, that Reeseís rainbow or any of the others were a scam.
But I have thought that with other things and it does happen.
So Iím going to tell my mum to keep talking to these peopleÖ also post blog of people that already have their children home. So if you read this and have an adoption blog and I dont have it please let me know thanks.
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Tue 18 Aug 2009 - 21:46

Hi- most of the adoption blogs I have looked at I have found through the Down Syndrome adoption yahoo group that it associated with Reece's Rainbow. We've been a member of the yahoo group for about 3 years. Are you able to access that yet? There is a family whose blog I like to read because one of their adopted daughters reminds me of my little girl-next time I access it I will try and remember to write down the link for you.

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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Tue 18 Aug 2009 - 23:35

No I still cant log into it. Arhhh I want in lol.
I follow so many blogs lol I actually just closed mine down, well not completely.. I just have a few posts about Zhenya and have deleted the rest. I will be just blogging about RR and Ds from now on.
Itís interesting how much some of our kids look alike, yet they are so much like their familyís as well.
They say everyone has 7 copies of themselves on earth at one time lol
I guess when you have Ds, those 7 are easier to find.
It really plays on your heart strings when you see another child like your own, hey?
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PostSubject: Re: Zhenya / Orphans with Down syndrome   Thu 20 Aug 2009 - 10:00

Maybe what needs to happen, is for a whole ton of us to lobby government regarding the adoption laws.
It has been proven by world economists that countries that don't give enough fail. Maybe it is time Australia became more open to those less fortunate than ourselves.
I cannot really lobby because I am not an Australian. But I really think the selfishness of the immigration laws here are appalling. In NZ we often saw newscasts about the lack of empathy of the Australian government with regards to refugees etc.
America takes in many, many orphans. They also allow many refugees to stay. Their economy is setting the world standard. Maybe there is a lesson there.
I would love to adopt children through RR. I have looked at it, and even written to them about it. But the laws here won't allow it. It is so wrong!
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