For those of you who have experience working with orphans you will understand what I am about to say, orphans are a needy bunch. The have trust issues because of the countless people who have broken their hearts. They act out in order to get attention. The same was true for this group
I tend to consider myself an emotional rock when it comes to working with impoverished and orphan children. But, nothing prepared me for Hind. She is a beautiful young girl about 4 years old. She is slightly physically handicapped and developmentally slower than other children her age. During one of the sports activities, I saw that she was not understanding what Coach was asking her to do so I offered to help her. We ran up and down the field together and whenever I stepped away to help another child she would follow me and grab my hand to hold it. She and I, by both of our choices quickly became inseparable. As the events progressed, we would talk as much as she would understand and I began to immediately wonder how our family could adopt her. Because we are a foreign family, however, this is impossible.
A few tears ran down my cheek as I thought about the loneliness that she and most likely the other children as well feel. I was thankful for the chance, even for a short time, to help her realize that there are a lot of people that care about what happens to her. Towards the end of the program I made sure to get her one of the biggest gifts available. The box was nearly as big as she was. She gave me a little kiss and said good-bye. Just like my daughter she had me wrapped around her finger.