Children that grow up in orphanages go through enormous challenges. They often suffer from language delays, attachments disorders, and a host of many other struggles. There are children who fold under the struggle and there are others who come out victorious. Just over a year old, Noah has already gone through heart surgery and abandonment, a little soul who has already experienced so much hardship. His tiny chest bears a large scar. How do you expect his personality to be at this point? Guarded? Closed off to the world? Will he be able to rise to the challenges around him or fold under the pressure?
When I met Noah, I was surprised by his joy and determination for life. I met Noah last November, when he still couldn’t crawl. That didn’t seem to slow him down any. He could move around the floor quicker than the older boys running across the floor. When he began to crawl, man was he everywhere! He was in all of the drawers and any space he could fit into. He also has a contagious giggle. A belly tickle can fill the room with his sweet laughter. He is always ready to play and interact with any of the adults in our team.
Stephanie (Rommen) Li
"Every child needs to be loved in gigantic quantities and with unbelievable quality."