So, I understand that I have spoken about STIGMA before but it is a topic that really does affect everyone and the way I figure the more people are open about things that challenge them the better off we will all be.  I would have to say one of the biggest disabilities in life is a CLOSED MIND.  We have all encountered people like this whether it be at work, at play, at church, a party…. you get the picture.  The looks, the mutterings behind backs and the gossip that goes along with all of that.  I am sure that most of us have been on the receiving end of these sorts of things at some point in our lives. Think back for a moment and remember, I’m sure you can remember some of the feelings you felt, not good enough, why does it have to be this way, why can’t I be….you know what I’m talking about.  I’ve had my share of this kind of nonsense as a child and yes even as an adult but now I know how to handle this m.  I can’t imagine being a child in this day and age when there is so much of it going on and in different arenas, especially for some things out of my control.  For example, a child with a learning disability, do you  know that that child may not be able to read a sentence very well but could rebuild a bike taking it apart once?  Or the child with a disease?  Why do they get to be teased and bullied?  Was it the child’s fault that they were born a little unique?  I really dispise labels.  Why is it that people, generally, have to label everything?  Is it to help us understand or judge?  To give us an opprotunity to help or gossip?  I really hope that one day education can do exactly what it is suppose to do.  When we educate people about something that is different from our “normal” we should be fostering open-mindedness, understanding, tolerance, kindness, a spirit of compassion.  I for one sure hope that this will happen one day and that ignorance will have no place in our society but until then ADVOCATING is where I will be for those affected with a “disorder”.  Maybe one day the labels will be gone and we’ll just realize that all people need to be treated with care, no matter their postion in life.


Teen Selah Tweitmeyer Gives Her HIV Adoption Testimony

In this powerful new interview, HIV/AIDS Infected teen Selah Twietmeyer, daughter of Kiel and Carolyn Twietmeyer tells how she was adopted from Ethiopia into her family and talks about disclosure.

“I am not ashamed and not afraid to tell the Truth”, says Selah. She also tells how stigma and misinformation about HIV/AIDS effected her while she was still in Ethiopia, before she knew she had a family who loved her. An incredible testimony! Please share this message by reposting this link .

Truth Pandemic Available in SPANISH!!!

Project HOPEFUL’s Truth Pandemic is now available in Spanish!  We would like to thank Yamid HR for doing the translating and for being so dedictated to spreading TRUTH!  Stay tuned more TRUTH is coming in other languages.  Again, a big shout out to Yamid HR!   Thanks so much and may God Bless YOU!

Check it out!



“Do you know anyone who would like to take a boy like me?”

After reading this post in our Project HOPEFUL blog I thought our Canadian readers should have a read as well.

It truly makes me wonder.  With the love of a family what kind of difference in the world would one of these young men make?  All these boys, and for that matter all orphans, want is a family.  Why is this so hard for so many to understand?  Please read this.  Maybe, just maybe someone will look at their pictures and see their son and give these boys the life, the childhood, the family they all deserve.  Your life might be changed forever.

Do you know anyone who would like to take a boy like me…”

In Eastern European countries, at around age 16, orphans are forced to leave the orphanage system to enter the world with limited education, minimal support, and sometimes the just learned knowledge that they have HIV.  Within the first five years, almost 90% of these orphans end up in crime, prostitution, drug and alcohol addiction, or commit suicide.

In Russia 10% -15% of children who “age out”   commit suicide before age 18.  70% of the boys become hardened criminals.

We have four amazing boys on our list that could easily become statistics: Tim, Jack, Jonah, and Joshua. All of whom, have glowing reports. All are young men that want to make a difference in the world. All know the chances of them being adopted are slim. We have the chance to intervene and change the stories of these boys.

“Do you know anyone who would like to take a boy like me. I would really like for a visitor at least, because I am all alone and I have no one.” -Jack
When an adoptive parent came to the orphanage, Joshua asked why they were adopting such a small boy and if they would want a boy as big as him.  When a reporter asked him if he has a dream, he said “I have to find me a dad, mom, and a dog!”
According to a volunteer: “Jonah is a wonderful, just a wonderful boy!  He said that when he was younger he had a brother who was taken into an adoptive family but they left Jonah at the orphanage; then he added sadly, ‘but it’s good he has a family now.’   With great interest, he asked about family life. ‘Do you have a porch?’  ‘Do you go out socializing in the evenings?’  ‘Do you have a husband?’ (yes) ‘And he works?’ (yes) ‘That’s lucky!’”

Tim carefully and inquisitively peers into the faces of all incoming adults, hopeful that one of them will take him into their family.

Please consider becoming a FIG, or adopting one of our older boys. They have been waiting way too long for a family. Please help give them the childhood they desearve.

This article was written by Jenni Johnston, Waiting Child List Coordinator for Project HOPEFUL.  You can view children who are currently waiting for families by visiting .

Merry Christmas!

We would just like to take a moment and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a New Year full of blessings! From our families to yours.


Orphan Advocacy takes Project HOPEFUL to the White House

We have so much to share with you about our recent trip to Australia to take part in Together for Adoption Australia 2011, and that post will be coming very soon.

But first we want to share with you one very exciting thing that happened while Carolyn was in Australia: she received an invitation to participate in The White House National Adoption Event, Nov 28. And not only to attend, but to PARTICIPATE and present on “the unique challenges facing orphans with HIV/AIDS, and her experience as an adoptive mother” on their International Adoption panel.

It is such an honor  to have this opportunity to advocate for children on a national level. Please be in prayer for Carolyn this Monday and for her preparation and travel this weekend for this very important event.

Together for Adoption Australia 2011

Project HOPEFUL is two short weeks from bringing a message of life and hope for orphans to the continent of Australia. Dan Cruver has written an excellent article about why we are partnering for this important event at the Together for Adoption Blog.

This is a crucial message that Australia needs to hear. Please join us in prayer that the Truth Pandemic would have a monumental impact on the people of Australia. Please also pray that all of the funds that we need in order to send our U.S. volunteer staff members would be donated in time for us to leave. If He has led you to give to this important event, please go to , choose the General Fund and put NOVEMBER in the comments box. Thank you for your prayers and support!