Friday, February 17, 2012

Find My Family Friday - Igor and "Jacob"



Two brothers.

Igor & "Jacob"
The younger one is in a specialized orphanage for preschoolers with special needs. As far as orphanages in his country go, this is definitely one of the good ones. There is a 1:3 staff-to-child ratio and the caregivers are patient and kind. The children are given one-on-one attention, the opportunity to learn, the chance to go outside and the ability to roam and play freely in their rooms.


The older one is also in a good orphanage, relatively speaking. The caregivers there generally care about the children and want the best for them. However, due to a much lower staff-to-child ratio and a lack of time/knowledge/resources, their practices are often based on ignorance, convenience and necessity rather than the best interest of the child. At this orphanage, one-on-one attention is simply not possible with groups of two dozen children with varying abilities being cared for by just one or two caregivers. What’s more, for reasons unknown, this brother was labelled “bedridden” and sentenced to a laying room. Instead of going outside and playing freely in his room, the older brother is confined to a bed with nothing to do day in and day out but listen to moaning and crying of those around him.


Despite being in one of the better orphanages, Igor is not coping well. Although his smile and hearty chuckle are precious beyond words, they are hard to draw out. Instead, Igor spends a good part of his day banging his head against the floor with such force that the thumps resound through the room leaving imprints on your soul.


“Jacob” on the other hand is just a happy little boy. He may spend his days confined to a bed but by some miracle, that has not diminished his joy one bit – he is just a little bundle of smiles and laughter!


Two bothers. So alike in appearance, so different in personality, yet on the inside they are exactly the same; just two little boys who desperately need to be rescued from a life of despair and be given the hope of a family.


Please, somebody, take that leap and rescue these precious brothers!
You can read more about Igor here, here, here, here, here and here and more about "Jacob" here.
For more information or to donate, click here.


Igor is listed as “Brody” on Reece’s Rainbow;
in order to protect his identity, when sharing about him on your own blogs, facebook pages, etc. please use his Reece’s Rainbow name