Today starts the new fundraiser and the last day to donate will be January 31, 2011. There will be 5 prizes for this one fundraiser. Each entry is only $1.00 and will enter you in the drawing for all 5 prizes. The prizes include: 1. Toddler Adoption - The Weaver's Craft by Mary Hopkins-Best; 2. Help for the Hopeless Child - A Guide for Families by Dr. Ronald S. Federici; 3.Born in Our Hearts - Stories of Adoption by Filis Casey and Marisa Catalina Casey; 4. "Adopting from Russia" 2 cd / booklet (language learning tool); and 5. $25 Red Robin gift card.
This month I am trying to raise funds (and awareness) for an little guy that happens to share my birthday. He is listed on Reece's Rainbow under the "HIV+" listing. He is just precious and in need of a loving family! Don't let the label "HIV+" scare you off. It is a chronic, yet treatable, condition. With early diagnosis and proper care/interventions, modern day medicine helps children like these live long and "normal" lives. I do not want to downplay HIV, it is a serious condition, but it does not have to be a death sentence.
HIV is a virus that claims many innocent lives when children do not have access to antiretroviral medications. Fortunately, it is treatable and the children who adhere to their medication have good long-term prognosis.
Children born to women with the virus have a chance of becoming HIV positive due to mother-to-child-transmission. These children are innocent carriers of the virus due to no fault of their own.
The children you see listed on Reece's Rainbow's HIV waiting child listing are currently living in institutions. Sadly, if they end up aging out of institutional life, there is a high likelihood they will be ill on the streets in a life of crime.
New laws in the US and Canada allow for these children to be adopted. Being in a loving family helps them access medical care and gives them the opportunity to have a normal, healthy, productive life. They can go to college, get married, give birth to healthy babies and live long enough to meet their grandchildren.
These precious little ones deserve nothing less than to grow up in a loving family of their own and have access to proper medical care.
With your donation of $1 or more, you can help bring this kiddo one step closer to his new adoptive family. You can help save a life!
Boy, Born January 14, 2009 Benji is diagnosed with HIV. His medical records indicate encephalopathy and motor disorder.
From his caregivers: nice outgoing boy, responds to the request of adult smile, pulls the handle, understands “Give,” for “playing a toy: holding, shaking, puts the hand in hand. Sitting alone, standing with support, does not take confident steps yet. Eats with spoon, drinking from the cup.
For more info and parent support on adopting and raising a child with HIV, please visit www.projecthopeful.org