But here's a few stories.
I know it's a little hard to see, but see the girl in the pink dress? She's probably about 4 or 5. Her mom came to the gate of our children's home, asking if she could leave her daughter, so that she could go work! By 'leave her' she meant for good!!
Our director told her no, they don't allow that. That poor little girl had to stand there and hear the whole conversation, her mom asking if she could leave her. That just breaks my heart. Knowing she's just a nuisance and her mom is trying to get rid of her. If only I could've taken her back to KY with me, I would've. It is just unreal the 'mother's' who do that sort of thing. Unreal.
One of the older boys here who was adopted into another family (there are 2 family's here, each with 3-4 adopted or foster kids), is 6 years old. When they got him off the streets a few months ago, he had over 2000 worms in his stomach!! That's what happens when you drink the water here.
I'll spare you all the gory details, but he had to take medicine to paralyze the worms, then they all had to come out, you know how.
If you don't take the medicine to paralyze them, and you just take the medicine to kill them, they know what's happening, so they will come out any open area on your body that they can, trying to escape. So you have to paralyze them first, so that they can only come out one way.
I'll end this story by saying they came out of this poor boy, alive.
It's sad that the poverty is so great that when they do have money, they don't want to spend it on filtered water, they want to spend it on coke or something that will make them feel full.
A 7 year old boy here also came a few months ago. He had never brushed his teeth. They were all rotten. He was also breastfed until he was almost 7!!
His mom was on drugs, so he was addicted to drugs too, and because of that, always wanted to nurse, so she let him. Breast milk is terrible for teeth, so that, along with not brushing created a disaster.
Thankfully his new mom and dad take him to the dentist. They don't have the laughing gas here, so they just go straight in with the big needle to numb it, which is incredibly painful.
But, pretty soon his adult teeth will come in, and they'll all be perfect.
Then their is the sweetest baby here. He is 11 months old, but looks about 4-5 months old.
He was found abandoned in a cave, with his hands and feet tied. They found his mom who had mental issues (obviously), and she said she left him there, like that, to rid him of evil spirits.
He was born premature, so she thought he was possessed.
This boy is the sweetest, happiest baby ever. Oh, I love him already. The other 3 girl babies here scream at the top of their lungs non stop, all day long. Not even kidding.
But not this kid. He just happily plays with whatever he can find, always giving everyone a smile.
Sorry to share these sad stories, but that's life here. Everyday I hear something else that just shocks me and breaks my heart.
I'll try to find happy stories for my next post!