Things have happened so quickly here!!
At this moment, Julie is in another province, 800km to the southeast of us, where 2 weeks ago an orphanage there discovered that 2 of their children have HIV, and via a British nurse working with them, a request for the care of these children went out across the country.
After some discussion, we gladly agreed to this, and spoke with the orphanage directors, who were just as keen for us to take care of these children.
So……probably later tonight, we will have 5 children under our roof!!! Thomas, James, Maggie and a 2 and a 3 year-old child. 1 boy. 1 girl. Julie and I are so excited to begin something that we have had on our hearts for so long (almost 18 months now!!)
We have already spoken with the HIV Professor here who is very willing to sign the prescription that allows them to have life-long anti-HIV medications supplied free.
Now we plan to care for them in our family until we can rent another apartment, and find a “mama” to live with and care for them.
From there, we will provide all medical care, social integration and education – with the hope that they will be adopted in the future, with the best possible chance to live a long and disease-controlled life.
We would so love to set up a model and standard for care of these children, that the community and other care facilities can then see that this is not a disease to panic over, but to still love and nurture these children. In doing this, perhaps those children when diagnosed in the future can actually remain with their biological families – ultimately a far better place with the proper medical care.
We are so grateful for the incredible response to our previous email for your assistance with this – not only was it rapid but extraordinarily generous.
What wonderful people we have – to be able to call ‘friends’, from around the world.
Today I feel like I have just had twins! (Although people who really have had twins may disagree!) I left home yesterday morning with a bag full of nappies and toys and returned at 2 am with 2 children!
Thank you all so much for your thoughts and prayers for us and the kids . We had a great day and all went smoothly from multiple meetings with orphanage officials to flying with 2 kids!
They are cute, happy little things and have been happy and laughing with us all day. It looks like they haven’t been out of their “isolation” room since they were diagnosed in September so they are very interested in the outside world.
Zhang Jian Shi (” Peter “) is the boy – James wanted to call him R2 D2 but we thought Peter was better. He is about 3 and was found last year on the street. He looks pretty healthy and is a real “boy” – loves throwing balls in the house and anything that makes noise.
Zhang Qiu Ni – (“Chloe “) – looks a bit younger. She seems to have a lot of energy and was up until 3 am this morning watching play school with Sam! We hope she has a better night tonight.
The kids are fitting in well. Maggie is in her element having someone to boss around and has been busy teaching them her tricks on how to avoid the day time sleep! James and Thomas have also been great with them.
We continue to look for an apartment and a good carer for them who sees it as her passion rather than just a job.
Please pray that we will find the right person and place. Also for the kids who are mostly happy but sometimes get distressed for no reason – they have had so many changes in 6 months.
Attached are some photos – me trying to get them through the airport – and Maggie and them at rest time.
It is your heart, and your generosity that makes this thing possible. Without it, we simply could not give this love to these children.
Sam and Julie.