Friday, June 19, 2009
"Leydi just turned 8 on the first of June. She lives in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic with her grandmother, one older sister, and cousins. She was just recently diagnosed with HIV (in 2008, I believe). She went in to get her belly looked at because she has an umbilical hernia, and that is when they discovered her HIV+ status. Her mother has already passed away from AIDS, and as of October 2008 her father works as a daily worker. Her grandmother can not afford all of the things that the children in the household require. Leydi needs a fundraiser ASAP in order to raise money for food and clothes. She could, also, use a bed. She is just learning to write, but she writes her own letters. She is always happy and appreciative. Leydi will be having surgery eventually (when they decide that it is a good time for it) to correct the umbilical hernia. She receives medicine from the country's health system for HIV. CI provides vitamins and check ups."
Saturday, June 13, 2009
She writes her own letters, and always includes a detailed drawing. She is so sweet (hence her name, "dulce"). "
Friday, June 12, 2009
Jose Manuel's birthday is in November so I have until mid September to get it ready. He will be 7 and I've already collected things for him. The dollar store is great for kids things. I found some children's books in Spanish. Some are stories that were favorites of mine. I also made him some "From the library of Jose Manuel" stickers so that he can put them in his books. I know its expensive to send (the postage, not the contents) these packages but the smile on their face is PRICELESS.
Monday, June 8, 2009
So many children but not enough gifts to go around. Even the simplest toy was appreciated. The next time I go to the DR I will take very few clothes and many more things for the children. It is sooooo hot there that you don't need much clothing. Just summer items which can be packed very compacted. I'm already buying things to take.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
I also am arranging for Yamileisy to have cake and ice cream for her birthday. I'm sending decorations ahead of time along with a birthday package. I hope she gets it before her birthday on Aug. 15th.