I saw this on a blog that I follow and I couldn't help but post it here.
Bethzada Toddler Room
This is one of three rooms in an Ethiopian orphanage. This one is the toddler room. There are two other baby rooms full of children. I can't imagine what it must feel like to live communally like this when you are so young. Who comes in to kiss them good morning and lay out their clothes for the day? Do they have anything that is just there's? A special blanket, a stuffed animal, a picture of a mother or father? Or do they lose themselves in the shuffle, expecting only daily necessities: food, water, shelter? I wonder what these children think about when the go to sleep. Do they run to anyone when they've had a bad dream? Who's telling them they will be alright? They will be alright, won't they?
Adoptive children coming in to the United States was at an all time high in 2004, with 22,990 adoptions. Last year there were only 12,753. With more orphans today than there were at any other point in history, I am concerned about the decreasing number of adoptions. There is nothing more important to a child's development than having a loving family. Without a family, where will the children in this video be in the next 10-20 years when they age out of their country's system? Will they be trafficked by work and sex trade predators? Will they live on the streets and steal from local markets? Will they be dead from disease and hunger? Let's be real...they won't have money to go to the University, travel abroad, get well-paying jobs. The reality is...without people accepting the challenge of adoption by faith, these children are on a fast-track to destruction. We have a short window of opportunity while these orphanages protect these children physically, to get them into loving homes where they can make something of themselves. The time to adopt is now.