“What can we do to make a difference?”
“Where can we get involved?”
If we (the body of Christ) don’t do something about it…who will?
If we don’t go ourselves, send people to help, donate money, give generously to causes…who will?
The world is not commanded to care for the orphan. We are!
Together, we CAN make a difference!
Copied with permission from Shelley.
Three children are currently in the hospital receiving treatment from Prof. Lilova. (The faces of all orphans have been blurred to protect their identity). Here is what the testing has revealed so far:
On January 12th, 11-year-old “V” weighed 12 pounds and is 29 inches long.
“P” is 15 and a half years old. She weighs 18 pounds and is 34 inches long.
Both girls are suffering from a multitude of health problems as a result of the starvation and dehydration that they’ve experienced their entire lives, including evidence of multiple broken bones that were left untreated over the years. They are already suffering from osteoporosis as children due to nutritional deficits.
There are MANY more children who need medical intervention, like little “K” who is turning five in April. He lives in a room ALL ALONE because he’s been in “isolation” for two years now since he got sick as a baby. Those toys you see in his crib are because this photo was taken by the family in process to adopt him on their first visit with him.
Five-year-old “L” has a kidney condition that has been left untreated and her body is beginning to swell from the excess fluid build up. Her little feet are so tiny that 3- to 6-month baby shoes fall off of them.
I can’t show you the appalling photos of the rashes and scars that these children have from lying in their urine and feces. Many of them have their entire backside and groin areas covered in rashes and peeling skin. One visitor to the orphanage said that the children often lay on mattresses without sheets. If there is a sheet, it’s wet with the child’s urine and the child is forced to just lie in it all day. None of the children had blankets in their beds.
Here is an observation from one mother who visited her child there earlier this month. Her daughter is 5five years old, fits into a size-1 diaper and the 6- to 9-month clothes that were taken for her to wear are too big:
”She cannot sit at all. She can barely hold up her head. She has NO MUSCLE tone at all. She cannot even get her knees under her to try and get to her hands and knees, but instead her legs just lie out to the side. I did see her roll over one time. She hates the food that is fed in the bottles with the big nipples. She would toss it and then it would be stuffed back into her mouth. This would repeat over and over. I tried to hold her to feed her and the staff made me lay her down flat on her back. The food is a horrid smelling milky substance with this cottage cheese-like pieces that come out with the liquid. They do not hold any of the children and do not burp them at all. They pick the children up by the arm and then lay them down the same. One boy was choking on the bottle and finally the worker picked him up and got his mouth and throat cleared. I wonder what would have happened had I not been in the room?”
Make no mistake, the child described above is not in this condition because of some type of special need or medical condition that prevents her from doing anything. She’s in this condition due to NEGLECT and STARVATION. While the majority of the children in this orphanage have some degree of special needs, it is NOT their special needs that have put them in such dire condition.
HOW CAN YOU HELP THE CHILDREN?????
2.) Expenses to pay for an orphanage staff member to stay in Sofia while the children are hospitalized (this is required under Bulgarian law if the orphanage insists on sending someone and this orphanage has insisted that a staff member be present).
If you’d like to donate toward the medical care of the children, you may do so from a direct bank draft or credit card via Paypal by using the ChipIn below.
All donations are tax deductible in the U.S.
*None of the photos from this post may be copied or otherwise removed/used in any way without the expressed written consent of the blog owner. All the faces of children who are still legal orphans and residing in this orphanage have been blurred to protect their identity. The Ministry of Justice and the State Agency for Child Protection in Bulgaria are in the process of investigating what is happening to these children, now that they’ve been made aware. Legal channels have been followed to report the neglect and this fund is strictly to provide the much needed medical care that the children need NOW. The Bulgarian government is aware that medical care is being provided and all the medical reports will be available to them during the course of their investigation. All medical care provided with the use of these funds will be provided under the supervision of Prof. Lilova.*