It Takes A Village…

Written by Kay on . Posted in How You Can Help A Child

Meet Peter.

I stare at this face and try to determine how he is feeling. Sad? Angry? Left behind? Wary?

Whatever emotion it is, this is how he looked when he arrived at the AOW House of Love last July. While most 11-year-old kids are busy with school activities, sports and other hobbies, Peter was leaving his second home in his short life and arriving at his third. Peter was born with Spina Bifida and as a result he cannot walk. His parents relinquished him at the age of 7, and of course Peter still struggles with that and is cautious about opening his heart again!

But House of Love was prepared for that. Before Peter arrived, they prepped Brad that he would soon welcome a room buddy that had similar needs, and that the staff was depending on him to help Peter settle in. Brad took that challenge to heart and when Peter arrived, he immediately began to bond with him and within a few weeks was rewarded with a new best friend who’d decided to trust again.

With his newfound independence of a wheelchair and a crash course and subsequent talent for playing Wii, Peter is doing much better. Not only does he have a healthier and happier outlook on life and his future, but he is participating in chores and learning responsibilities to make him feel a complete part of the House Of Love.  Surprisingly for a boy of his age, he also loves school and the unique access to an education that being with us gives him.

Peter is getting almost everything he needs right now to make his life better. I say almost because unfortunately, it costs for An Orphan’s Wish to be able to facilitate this amazing home. Each child needs sponsors to help alleviate the costs, and Peter still needs 4 more. If you’d like to be a part of helping Peter reach his potential while staying at the AOW House of Love, and your family budget can afford the $35 monthly sponsorship, please comment below and/or click this AOW link. I thank you for your generosity, but I know more than my gratitude, a face that has been transformed from the one above to this one below is thanks enough.

I’ve learned over the years that the old saying of ‘It takes a village to raise a child’ is not just a cliché. In these cases it is the simple truth. As always, thank you for coming here to read this, as I know that means you have a heart like mine, to do what you can to help a child.—Kay Bratt

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Comments (9)

  • Julie Rivera

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    This was very inspiring.

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Peter now only needs 3 more sponsors!

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  • Amy

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    We just signed up to sponsor this sweet boy!

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thank you so much, Amy! Now he only needs 2 more sponsors for his stay with the House of Love!

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  • Amy

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    I would like more information about this sponsership program and what it provides. If Peter has reached his limit maybe there are others we could help.

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  • Larry

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    We just sent Peter a sponsorship. We have adopted a boy with SB from China, and we are SO happy we did. Our son is a happy teenager getting straight A’s in regular high school. Someone adopt Peter and enjoy the new life that will unfold for everyone involved.

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Thank you, Larry. So nice to hear from someone who is experienced with older child adoption!

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  • Larry

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    What will happen to Peter after August ? and what is happening with AOW and their ending the relationship with this home ?

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  • Kay Bratt

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    Hi Larry,

    At this time, we don’t know where Peter will go, but are trying to make arrangements to place every child in another stable setting. As for AOW, it is still unclear how we will continue to use our resources to support children in China, but all avenues are being explored. Thank you for your continued support and concern. Here is the link to the letter from AOW president:

    http://www.anorphanswish.org/

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