Today is a very very very exciting day J When I was in Burkina Faso this January I met a beautiful little girl named Wendinda. Winny had a rather difficult life up to coming to the Sheltering Wings orphanage and suffers from various disabilities, due to some very sad accidents. This being said she is a beautiful and sweet little girl who loves to love. One of the first times I met her, she sat in my lap continuously stroking my arm. Coral, the woman I lived with, explained to me that she was set to be adopted in May and that her family had been sending her pictures and such, so perhaps she thought I was her mom. Throughout the rest of my time there I had lots of opportunities to play with Winny, help Coral with her speech and occupational therapy and I even got her to dance around a bit. I brought home a craft that she made to send to her soon-to-be family. I have kept up with them on Facebook ever since.
Unfortunately, the Burkinabe government isn’t the most functional. Though she was set to come “home” in May, various things have come up and Winny has remained indefinitely in Burkina, much to the dismay of all who have been hoping and praying for her safe arrival in the states. Winny has received lovely care at the orphanage, but the fact of the matter is that those with disabilities, physical or mental, are simply not accepted there. They also don’t have access to the type of care they would receive in the US. I am a huge supporter of community development and creating a place where kids are not separated from their life and culture, but in certain cases, like Winny's, international adoption is essential.
Now time for the good news- as we speak, Winny is on her way to the United States! An escort went to pick her and another little girl from a different orphanage up, take care of the paper work and bring them to meet their new families! (What an amazing job) I’m sure the journey has been stressful for her and that her transition into her new life won’t be easy, but from what I can tell her family (who has been working on this for, I believe, over two years) seems to be amazing! I actually had a dream last night about her meeting her family, my heart is so full and I am so excited for all involved!