Wednesday, March 30, 2016
Tuesday, March 29, 2016
You'll see how he loves to play with just about anything. From racing cars to toppling blocks they all bring smiles and giggles to his face.
Monday, March 28, 2016
Cora, the Foster Home cook!
Cora has been working here at New Day Foster Home since 2001. As her bio says, "Cora is gentle and kind-hearted and enjoys singing and dancing. She says her greatest happiness comes from playing with the kids".
Mostly, Cora is busy preparing meals, but she does escape the kitchen and spend time with the kids whenever she can.
Cora is associated in the children's minds with the delicious, nourishing food that she brings them, but it's clear that it's something more that makes them like her so much.
Someone once said that "cooking is love made visible", and it also seems to be true that food that is made with love tastes better somehow.
Sunday, March 27, 2016
This past Monday, our Occupational Therapist friend Eva came for a day and we brought a bit of an entourage to glean from her wealth of knowledge of how to care for these special kiddos. Rina was enjoying all the action and flashing smiles all day long!
All ready for your nap, Miss Rina?
Sometimes there were goofy faces...
Sometimes huge grins...
Even work was fun!
Rina has already experienced a huge transformation in her little life and we are so excited to watch it continue! You're a light, and we love you, Rina!
Friday, March 25, 2016
Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Monday, March 21, 2016
We are delighted to join people around the world today in celebrating the value, acceptance and inclusion of people with Down syndrome. Presenting our current three chromosomally-enhanced cuties...
Sunday, March 20, 2016
One of the highlights from our trip was being able to participate in one of the school’s parent training sessions and provide some training on how to facilitate communication with children who are non-verbal. It was so encouraging to see these parents who were so eager to learn and support one another. We ate lunch with many of the moms after the training session and they shared many stories of the challenges that they face as parents of children with special needs. Many of the moms (with tears in their eyes) thanked the school for giving them hope.
It was so encouraging to see how this school was meeting parents' needs and helping them to care for their children! But, there are many parents who are left without this kind of training and emotional support. We are still in the beginning stages of learning how, as we provide care for orphans, we can facilitate encouragement for parents with children who have special needs, but we hope that we can grow in supporting these parents more and more!
Friday, March 18, 2016
Jesse was especially complimentary. He kept saying "hǎokàn", which means "good looking", and is exactly what everyone wants to hear when they try on new clothes!
So Adia received a double-dose of love; a special package from her sponsors, and lots of admiration from her classmates!