Tuesday, November 1, 2011

One Ends and Another Begins

October is gone, November is moving in. One month closer to the Holidays and right at the beginning of Reece's Rainbow Christmas Warrior Project.

Reece's Rainbow, for any that don't know is a non profit organization started by Andrea Roberts and inspired by her son Reece. Their mission statement :
The mission of Reece's Rainbow is to rescue orphans with Down syndrome through the gift of adoption, to raise awareness for all of the children who are waiting in 25 countries around the world, and to raise funds as adoption grants that help adoptive families afford the high cost of adopting these beautiful children
In the last five years over 500 orphans have found their forever families!
 As stated by Andrea"  I can say with great confidence that if we had a full grant for every child on our website, there would BE no children on our website.  There are hundreds of families in the US and Canada who would give their left arm to bring one or more of these children home.  The money is the ONLY thing standing in their way."
The Christmas Warrior Project is one of the most successful ways to support an orphan still waiting for their family. Each child on RR has their own account. You can view the children and donate to whichever child you choose. I am advocating for Carina this Christmas. I think she is beautiful. And I would love to see her smile. But most of all I'd love to see her with her family. 
For anyone new to my blog who may not be familiar with RR, you may be wondering why go to other countries to adopt. Why not help children here in the states. And that is a very good question. There are many children here waiting for families, so true!  And thankfully God chooses people to advocate for them too. However advocating for these particular children on RR is where I feel God has chosen  to put me. Another reason is that children in other countries born with a disability like Down syndrome are almost always given up for adoption. There just is not the support in other countries that there is here in the States.Children born with Down syndrome are given only  a few short years to be adopted , if by the age of four they haven't been placed in a home they then start the proceedings to place them in an adult mental institution. There the life expectancy is very dim, with 85% dying within the first year. 
I am very passionate about this. children born here are very lucky. There is a waiting list here in the States to adopt a child with Down syndrome. We here, are finally realizing their amazing beauty, and that they are a gift to be treasured. 
But in other countries this is the fate of a child born with Down syndrome or another disability. This is why I am passionate about saving these children. This is why Carina is on my mind and in my prayers daily. Please watch the video. And please consider a donation to Carina. Her donation box is in my sidebar. That will take you directly to her account on RR . This is her fate if she is not adopted. There are no exceptions to the rule. She will end up in an institution much like this one. I wish i were exaggerating. But unfortunately in the year 2011, this is how children are being treated. I really don't think it matters which side of the ocean they are on. This particular video highlights Serbia but it is the same in many Eastern European countries.

1 comment:

Scrappy quilter said...

I'm totally behind you on this. I'm a Christmas warrior as well. There is just something about RR that is extra special, isn't there. I can't wait to see what God does through all of us this Christmas for these precious children. Hugs and love