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 … Continue reading
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 http://youtu.be/sRxDRzZxDbI .
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! www.youtu.be/XXHWyeGN-IM
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 http://www.projecthopeful.org/waiting-kids .
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 Posted on November 26, 2011 by jenniferkooshian | 1 Comment We have so much to share with you about our recent trip to Australia to take part in Together for Adoption … Continue reading
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 http://www.projecthopeful.org/donate , choose the General Fund and put NOVEMBER in the comments box. Thank you for your prayers and support!