During that time our facilitator was able to show the doctors pictures of Julia, a little girl who was given no hope and placed in the same laying room that Valentin is in, but had been adopted and is doing tremendously well now. The doctors were shocked! They were so surprised she was doing so well. Little Julia is a champion for special needs kids in that building now, she and her amazing family have shown them what potential these kids have. Love it!
Valentin seemed a bit tired (or drugged) today so we decided to keep it calm for him and take it easy. We just sat with him next to his stroller and played with toys. He sort of zoned in and out. But he was playful some of the time and we had a great visit. He especially loved his book!
You will see in the video that the book was hard to maneuver for him in the beginning but by the end he was turning pages with no problem. He is learning no. You will see in the video he puts the book in his mouth and after being told no he sort of keeps an eye on me and gets close to doing it again with a coy smile. Sly little guy! Have I said how much we love him?!?!
I have to say that I had been very impressed at how some of the kids had been allowed to play outside and how well the nannies had been treating them. Today I saw that they were taking some of the kids on donkey rides for therapy.
I was really starting to wonder if I had this place all wrong. I have yet to see any child with obvious special needs except for one boy so I kept going back and forth in my mind...is this place really so bad...but it must be because they do nothing for the special needs kids. But seeing how loving and friendly the nannies were really had me questioning everything. Until I asked about the kids playing outside and I was told they are all the "visiting" kids. Parents can use the orphanage as daycare or respite or if they get put in jail or something...then it clicked, all the "visiting" kids get to spend time outside and get special treatment. They get played with and get to go for donkey rides. The special needs kids get to stay inside. Sad. Disappointing. I had hoped I was wrong.