Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Beautiful Kate

This is my sweet Kate.
Kate is 11 years old. She's only a few months older than my firstborn daughter, whose name happens to be Katie. Isn't she absolutely beautiful?

Kate has this absolute classic beauty about her.  Her face is timeless, I think.  Just beautiful.  But so, so sad. 

Kate is HIV+.  That's why she's not been adopted.  That's really all of the information we have on her.  Oh, there's some character references ("She is sociable and interacts easily. She likes to wear beautiful dresses and play dress-up. She has delayed psycho-motor development. HIV+"), but the big thing is she is HIV+.

See, in Kate's country, it's not the same as it is here.  Here, being HIV+ isn't a death sentance.  Here, there are treatments.  And, here, there are disclosure laws.  No one has to know. 

In Kate's country, there are no disclosure laws.  In Kate's country, there are treatments, but they aren't nearly as good as they are here.  In Kate's country, there is one of the fastest rising epidemics of HIV in the world, and the stigma and shame for many mothers is unbearable, so they abandon their children at the hosptials. 

That's what life is like in Kate's country.  And Kate has been living that life for 11 years.

In 5 years, she'll age out.  She'll probably not be able to find a job or an apartment due to her double whammy-- she's HIV+ and an orphan.  Those are labels she'll carry with her forever.  So, statistically, she'll head to the streets.  She'll turn to drugs, crime, and prostitution to survive.  There's a 50/50 chance she'll commit suicide before she turns 18.  If she doesn't what are the chances she'll end up pregnant?  What are the chances she'll pass HIV on to her child?  (25%, by the way...)  This sweet little girl, clutching a teddy bear.  The girl who wants to play dress up.  The girl with the sad eyes. 

And the cycle continues...

And you know what breaks my heart?  HIV is so controlable.  Meds twice a day.  Doctors visits quarterly.  Common sense precautions.  Controlable. 

Kate needs our help. 

I am Kate's Guardian Angel.  I will stand by her side until she's not only committed to, until she's home.  I will be praying for her every day (along with my daughters, Caeleigh and Katie.  Kate is their assigned child out of our three), and we will be raising awareness and money for Kate.  In the process, we hope to open people's eyes and hearts towards not only Kate, but many, many orphans with HIV.  These kids need our help.  There is no reason they should be left to die in an orphanage. 

Kate only has $20 in her grant.  Her Ransom will be somewhere up near $35K.  We've got to get her grant up.  And we've got to get her found.

If you were as heartbroken by Kate's sad eyes as I was, here are the Region requirements for adopting her:

3 trips

  • 1st trip, Both parents for 7 days
  • Wait 2-3 months for court
  • Both parents travel for 2nd trip for court hearing, 10 days
  • This region does not waive the 30 day wait
  • Only one parent has to make 3rd trip of 7 days
  • Applicants should be no more than 45 years older than the child
  • No family size restrictions
  • Married couples only
  • Total program and travel fees under $35K
  • Families in British Columbia can adopt from this region

  • Canadian families, check HERE for your requirements.

    I'm not going to let Kate just rot in an orphanage until she's sent to the streets.  This sweet beauty deserves better than that. 

    Help me? 

    To learn more about adopting and living with a child with HIV, please contact Project Hopeful.

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