Monday, March 21, 2011

World Down Syndrome Day | 3.21

World Down Syndrome Day takes place on March 21 every year. This date, 3/21, serves as a representation the 3 copies of chromosome 21, which is unique to people with Down syndrome.

Not everyone knows this, but a couple years ago Mikael and I were going to adopt a little girl from Ethiopia who was HIV+. While we were in the process of the adoption we found the site Reece’s Rainbow. Reece’s Rainbow is an International Down Syndrome Orphan Ministry that has successfully promoted the cause of bringing families to children born with Down Syndrome in over 29 countries across the globe. They have expanded their ministry to help orphans with many kinds of special needs find families.

Reece’s Rainbow primarily lists children with Down Syndrome in Eastern Europe and Russia. In Eastern Europe and Russia children born with Down Syndrome are sent to orphanages. At the age of 5-6, if not adopted, the children are moved from the baby orphanages to mental institutions. The conditions in these “mental institutions” are so horrifically bad that 80% of these little ones die within the first year of being transferred in. This is heart breaking.

We are not in a position to adopt right now, yet I pray to God daily to change our circumstances so that we would be able to bring one of these precious children in our family. Until God, gives us the green light to adopt we want to do as much as possible to promote their welfare. So, that is why I am writing this blog post—to shed some light on some of God’s children who have been in the dark for too long.

Please visit Reece's Rainbow for more information on Down Syndrome and orphans in need.

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