Why do we want to adopt? Why do we need to adopt? Why do we post consistently to try to raise funds to adopt? Why do we fundraise? We do we need your help?
All of the answers to these questions are pretty simple and can be summed up by looking at these photos below! These are children that Reece's Rainbow have had posted in the past that have now passed on! They passed away without ever getting the chance at having a daddy, mommy, siblings, or any family. Some died very sick, some no doubt died hungry, and just as sad, they died most likely alone..not being held or cared for! I don't even want to know how their little bodies were handled afterwards! These photos are just but a few of the orphans dying on a daily basis! Please take a look and a moment to remember these faces and pray that we can make a commitment to do something about the future of all of the other listed orphans! Please start with helping us bring Ava home to her family where she belongs!!!
You should never assume you are entitled to health, healthy children, or a healthy family! You should never take for granted that you are with your children and they are healthy with a full tummy and a smile on their face! You should however by thankful for all of these things!!!
~Welcome to the story of our journey to save another Eastern European princess with down syndrome and an older child! In 2010, we traveled half way around the world to adopt a twenty month old (now three years old) precious girl with down syndrome, Gabby. Now, less than two years later, we are on a mission to adopt another precious little girl that is in the same orphanage Gabby was in, Ava. Not only Ava, but yes....one more "Elaine". That means we are trying to adopt two more children!!!! If you are unaware of the situation in most, if not all Eastern European countries, please continue to read. In these countries children with down syndrome and special needs are most often placed in orphanages and if not adopted by the age of four or five (depending on circumstance), they are transferred to institutions where the likely-hood of them ever seeing outside of the institution walls remain slim to none. Many will live very short lives due to lack of appropriate care. Please don't allow this to happen to our sweet Ava! "Elaine" was fortunate enough to escape a very bad institution but nonetheless is in an institution and is an older child whose chances of coming home if we can't adopt her are not good. Having adopted and fully funding ourselves the previous adoption such a short time ago, we will need all of the help we can get to reunite these two angels and bring their big sister home. We utilized all extra resources with our first adoption and so fundraising is essential with this adoption. Whether it be from your prayers, helping to fundraise, buying from fundraisers, donations, etc...your help is much appreciated and is very much needed in order to make this dream a reality. Thank you so much for following our journey~