THE Story of Milagro
In June 2008, while on a trip to Guatemala, six months after adoptions had closed between Guatemala and the United States, I was visiting with some friends in my hotel room. The stories they told broke my heart.
Only days earlier, a 48 hour old newborn girl had been abandoned in the countryside outside of Antigua. During these 48 hours this precious baby endured torrential down pours while laying alone in the woods. The wind was blowing the rain horizontally. (It was like nothing I had ever seen before. I took pictures of that rain.)
When this little treasure was finally found, she was alive and clutching a plant so tightly it was difficult for the rescuers to unwrap her tiny little fingers. She had worms crawling in her ears and her genitals. The rescuers named her Milagro, which in Spanish means MIRACLE.
During that same trip, I learned of some teenagers who found newborn twins dead in a city dump.... literally thrown away.
These are the stories I heard about. How many similar tales there are, we will never know. However, I knew at that moment, that I needed to do something... something that would help these forgotten, vulnerable, precious little children. Most of us will never know what it is like to be abandoned by our birth mothers/families because they happen to live in a country where over 75% of its population lives below the poverty level, and they simply do not have the means to care for a child. The loneliness, abuse and hunger that come with being abandoned are things that no one should endure....especially our beloved children of this world.
So, please come along with me to see what we can do to make a difference in the lives of children who truly need us....
I thank you in advance for being part of a solution that is so greatly needed.