February 3, 2010

Happy Birthday Mariya!

Mariya is a little girl who caught my eye on this RR page (scroll down to orphanage 9).  Her "Little Slugger" shirt stood out since we are a baseball family (the boys are chomping at the bit for this season to start!)

Mariya's 2nd birthday is on February 21.  It will come and go like any other day in the orphanage.  Her second birthday also signifies the halfway point of when she will be sent to a mental institution for life (when she's 4 she will be taken from the only "home" she has ever known to a horrible place).  So I figured that we can give her the best birthday gift - money in her grant so she can find a family sooner!  Maybe next year she can celebrate her 3rd birthday with cupcakes, balloons, and a family!  Please consider donating to Mariya's grant - no amount is too small and it is all greatly appreciated. (It is also a tax-deductible donation!).  She currently has $95 in her grant, so let's at the very least bring that into the triple digits! Thank you!!!

Mariya  (9)
Girl, Born February 21, 2008

From her medical records:  congenital cataract of left eye. Common AV canal.   Mariya is growing well!  She has blonde hair and blue eyes. 
Regrettably, this orphanage is one of the poorer ones, with very little outside aid and very little hope.    All of the children are tiny and undernourished.  These children are immediately transferred at 4, and have little chance of survival where they are sent.  All of our waiting children need families, but these have a critical need.  Please consider one of these children soon!! 

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