Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Help us Bring VIKA home!!


Girl, Born November 13, 2005


Victoria is too cute! She has brown hair and blue eyes, and is in the same orphanage as Andriy and several other children with Down syndrome. Victoria is a smart little girl and very *able*. From her medical records: congenital cataract of both eyes (blind), microphtalm, delay of psychological development. Outgoing, can walk independently, knows her way around in her group, is interested in studies, responds well when adults refer to her.

From a missionary who has spent time with Victoria: "What a sweetheart! Gentle, calm, outgoing, and very affectionate. She has made a lot of progress since she was at the baby orphanage. Vika has had some self-harming tendencies but the workers have been working with her on that… Whenever she would start banging her head they would pick her up, lay her across their lap and start massaging her back. Now, when she gets upset she goes to them and lays across their lap all on her own, no longer resorting to self-harming behaviours. Vika is independent and was walking around all over the room hardly ever bumping into anything. She doesn't speak much but she does say "Mama". She also knows how to let the workers know when she needs to go to the bathroom. They also said that her fine motor skills have greatly improved as well. Finally, she is a real snuggler. First thing she did when I called her over to me was climb up onto my lap. I tried to get better pictures of her but all she wanted to do was cuddle in close… how could I say no to that???"

This orphanage is one of the good ones. Small, with all higher functioning special needs children of "preschool" age (ages 4-8). There were only 6 kids in Victoria and "Andriy"'s room and two workers caring for them. It was clear that workers care about them very much and showed them plenty of love and affection. The director is not only open to adoption, she is actively looking for families for all of the kids so that they don't have to be transferred once they turn 8-years-old! Unfortunately, "Andriy" and Vika are in the lowest functioning group and they usually have a hard time finding families for those kids… but maybe that's something RR can help with :)

This is the child we have signed up for. She is who we are raising the money for. It is said it takes a village to raise a child. YOU are our village please help is get her as soon as possible by entering the NOOK giveaway!! Help us bring her home!!


  1. Congratulations! She is adorable!

  2. She is so sweet! Prayers with you on this journey!

  3. So excited to see this! I will donate as soon as I can. Praying for you guys and for Vika! :)

  4. Dear Father God,
    Thank you so much for placing Victoria on the hearts of many!!! She is loved dearly, because of what you have done for her. Please give all of us everything we need to help bring her home to her family. Please lift her family up when things get tough, help them to remember that they can trust in you, even when they don't understand your plan. Please give them the strength, courage, and motivation to move mountains, so they can get to her as quickly as possible! I pray this in Jesus' name, Amen.

  5. Woo Hoo!! Congratulations!! Will be following your journey and covering you in prayers!!

  6. Oh Amanda! congrats! After being over in her area on a mission trip in 2010, I've had a special place in my heart for all the children there and I am sooo happy you are her FAMILY!!! Looking forawrd to following along!

  7. Congratulations! Super excited for your family! We brought Dariya home from Ukraine in July via RR and live in KC. Looking forward to following your journey.

  8. She's beautiful! Congratulations[: