We visited Orhei today. Those of you who have been there know... This is an orphanage for severely handicapped boys.
The handicaps are as unique as each child
and almost every child was severely physically and/or mentally impaired.
Severely. The group we spent the most time with were young men
actually. It was shocking to see so much physical and mental brokenness
in one place. But the boys were so
happy, for which I was thankful. And they were beautiful. And kind.
Sweet Sleep gave beds to this orphanage four or five years ago. One of
you who was on that team can tell us when; it was before my time there.
The beds were fantastic. They were neat and pristine clean and well
cared for. The boys told us about how well they slept and about how they
dreamed in the beds.
These kids were my kids' ages. I am
personally very aware of how much children can benefit from early
intervention. I think what broke me was knowing how spread thin the
orphanage workers are in caring for these children and that they will
not receive the interventions, therapies, and surgeries that they
desperately need. They just won't.
These children need care that cannot
be provided in this setting. They need a home. They need a family.