Wednesday, November 25, 2009

A sad day for Rivers of Hope

How do you post to a blog when you just found out that a child has passed on? Honestly, I don't really feel like writing about it, but it is too important to brush aside.

Stephany, a beautiful little girl, was residing at Rivers of Hope. She came to the orphanage at 5 months old, weighing just 7 lbs. She had severe pneumonia and was seriously anemic. Rivers of Hope began to treat her immediately, providing a stress, HIV and sickle-cell test. Thankfully, all were negative.

After just 10 days at Rivers of Hope, Stephany slowly began to gain weight. Rachoul, the orphanage director, commented that "she is always hungry!" Sadly, she would only be at Rivers of Hope for about a month.

Two days ago at 3:00am, Stephany died. According to Rachoul the orphanage has never lost a child and the staff is devastated. Please keep Rachoul and all her staff in your thoughts and prayers as we all mourn the loss of another little one.

It is news like this that reminds us of how important our work truly is. Every child is precious and deserves the best chance at a healthy life.

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