A few years ago, this little guy was only 3 years old and all alone, scavenging a garbage dump, competing with the stray ducks, dogs, and pigs for food. We met him at El Shaddai, an orphanage we support in Cambry, Haiti, just a couple of months after they found him. His name is Adens. He was still recuperating from severe malnutrition; but Rod, one of our staff members, said he “had the cutest smile and loved to mug for the cameras!”
Now, whenever Mike, our international projects director, drops by El Shaddai, he checks in on Adens. Here’s a photo of Adens from Mike’s most recent visit. He’s 6 now, and he seems healthy and happy. He likes to play with little toy cars, and he likes to play soccer. He’s a rather shy boy, and has only a couple of close friends. El Shaddai runs its own school for the kids, and Adens has a favorite teacher there. We’re told he won’t sit alone, but only on that teacher’s lap!
It’s hard to know why Adens was alone on that garbage dump, or for how long he fended for himself. It’s difficult to understand how a parent could abandon their innocent child. Maybe his parents died. No one knows. But it’s nice to know that today Adens finds love, affection and a caring family, at El Shaddai. What’s more, he finds plenty to eat every day—they tell us he has quite a hearty appetite!
The count of orphaned and vulnerable children in Haiti can be mind-boggling. (Stats say it’s about 1.2 million.) But when you meet a kid like Adens, it really hits home. That child was hungry, abandoned, lost, and unloved. Now he’s going to be okay.
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