My blog has been bare for the past few weeks because I was preparing for my second trip to Ghana. My husband and I traveled back in October to first meet our children and this second trip was to file paperwork called the I600. Because of work, my husband couldn’t travel with me so my Dad volunteered to go. Judging from our first trip and how hard it was on TJ, I knew my Dad wouldn’t be able to handle being cooped up in a hotel room with the kids for a week, so I started researching volunteer opportunities.
I came across a Pastor on Facebook in the circle of Ghanaian adoptive families that I belong to, who happens to run an orphanage and has many projects going on to help those in need in Ghana.
Our first day in the beautiful country, we went to Pastor John’s orphanage. My Dad and I quickly fell in love with all of the children.
My Dad isn’t an emotional, touchy-feely guy so when the children wanted to be held and hugged and climbed on our backs and shoulders and even called us “Mommy” and “Daddy,” I think his heart softened a bit.
We spent the whole day just playing with the kids and getting to know their little personalities. We found out about 20 out of the 37 kids that live at the orphanage are in the process of being adopted.
Before I left the U.S, I heard that Pastor had fallen ill with Malaria- a common illness in Africa. Luckily he was able to be treated and released within a few days. I captured the moment he arrived back at the orphanage. You can tell that there is a lot of love here- the kids were so excited to have him back and healthy.
If you are friends with me on Facebook or “like” Busy Mommy, I have been posting different opportunities to benefit the needs of this orphanage. A non-profit here in the U.S., Feeding The Orphans works with them to provide food, education and Christmas sponsorships.
Most recently, the orphanage’s bunk beds were falling apart and through the donations of many people, they were able to purchase new metal bunk beds which will last much longer than their previous wooden ones. It’s great to see in person, the “fruit” of everyone’s donations. Supporting small non-profits like Feeding The Orphans allows the giver to actually see the help they are providing.
Right now they are looking for last-minute Christmas sponsorships. With a $20 donation, you will provide a child with a new outfit and Christmas meal. You can make a tax-deductible donation through Feeding The Orphans and type in “Christmas sponsorship.” They will be posting photos of the Christmas celebration so we can see all of the beautiful kids in their new clothes and celebrating Jesus’ birth.
I can’t wait to go back and visit all of the children and Pastor John on our pick-up trip in a few months. They all hold a special place in my heart.