Hi everyone, I have some new and exciting news for you all.
More than 10 years ago, at some store (I can’t remember which), I saw lots brochures of children in need of sponsors. That was the first time I had ever heard of such a thing, each one had a child’s photo, name, and a little info about them. I was young, still in my teen years, and I stood there reading and reading them till it was time to leave. And since then I had been wanting to be able to sponsor a child in need somewhere. I just never had enough money to do something like that long term, that is until this year. The extra money from the art I’ve sold this year has really helped, I decided it was time to fulfill that dream, I just needed to find the right child. Yesterday, I received an email from a charity I’ve previously donated to, and it had a story of this little girl who desperately needed sponsors, I knew when I read her story she would be the one.
I’d like to introduce you to Daphne…… a sweet, little, orphan girl from Haiti. She’s just so adorable. I love her name too.
Daphne had been found abandoned at a church, then was brought to the police, who brought her to Haitian Social Services, who brought her to Three Angels Relief Charity in April of 2015.
She was almost completely unresponsive. She did not make a sound and she did not cry. She could not feed herself. She could not sit up on her own but could pull herself to standing. Daphne would spend her nights not sleeping, but standing, looking out the window by her bed. If you caught her eyes, sometimes for a brief second, she would smile. Daphne showed all the classic signs of neglect and fear.
Here are a few photos of her when she was found. With a quote that went along with these photos that was posted on Three Angels Relief Facebook page.
“Her estimated age is two years old. Abandoned at a local church in a very weakened and malnourished state, she was brought to the police, IBESR, and then to Three Angels. At the end of this long ordeal she gave us smiles and quiet giggles. New Life for Daphne!!”
She is starting to verbalize sounds, and with help, is beginning to learn to walk. Physical therapy is helping her get stronger. She plays with toys, and it is easy to see that she loves her nannies. Her sweet spirit continues to emerge.
In September, she had been diagnosed with epilepsy, and her seizures were being controlled with medication. She recognized her nannies, was crawling, and was starting to express her opinion. She loved sitting in the swing, had favorite toys, and had made enough progress. But that progress was painfully slow compared to what had been seen with some of the other children.
Another photo that was posted with this quote on October 13, 2015.
This January, her seizures had broken free of the medication, and she had been hospitalized while the doctors tried to control them. New medications made her balance more precarious and made her more sleepy. She had almost no progress in walking, talking, or any of the normal developmental milestones expected by that time.
Daphne is believed to be about 3 years old, she has epilepsy and some musculoskeletal issues with significant developmental delays and possible cognitive disability. She may also have cerebral palsy, but she still needs an MRI to be diagnosed properly.
Daphne is still in need of sponsors and donations to help with her medical procedures.
She needs an MRI costing $1300
A protective helmet costing $180
A chair costing $360
Leg braces costing $500
If anyone can help in any way, even if it’s a small donation, it will go a long way to getting the help she needs. Click here for more information.
I also have a couple of paintings with the proceeds going to help Daphne. I’ll be painting more in the next few weeks. Find these available paintings here.
I’ll keep everyone updated on Daphne’s future when I get updates.
I’d like to especially thank all the lovely people who bought are from me this year making this sponsorship possible. It’s such a blessing for me and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for this sweet girl.
Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend.
Till next time.