The real stories of orphan rescue always hit us hard. No matter how many times we’ve done this, we’re never prepared for the pain and loss that is so raw on precious little children’s faces when they experience the mix of hope and fear of the unknown before moving into a Kinship home.
Imagine hearing a knock at your door and opening it to find three girls and an old woman standing on your front porch. The woman is desperate, asking you to take her grandchildren because they are not safe with their mother. What would you do? How would you respond?
Danylin (7), Daianny (5), and Genesis (4, photo above) have spent their whole lives bouncing around between different family members’ homes. Their father died in prison, and their mother is trapped in a life of drug use and prostitution.
Cayacoa Kinship leaders faced these girls and their grandmother at their front door, and they immediately said “yes, we want to help!”
Because of child protection laws in the Dominican Republic, it was necessary to follow proper channels before bringing them into the home. Your support made it possible for Kinship leaders to move quickly and pick up the girls as fast as possible – and they were glad they did.
When they arrived at the girls’ mother’s home, they found the children without clothes to wear and all sharing one urine-smelling bed with their mother. They were covered with scrapes and bruises, and their hair was filled with lice. These children were in misery every second of every day, and their rescue didn’t come a moment too soon.
Today, thanks to generous donors, these precious girls are healthy and safe. Danylin, Daianny, and Genesis now have bright futures because of gifts to support the Cayacoa Kinship Project and Orphan Rescue initiatives. Their bodies are healing and growing stronger thanks to nutritious food, and their souls are healing too, thanks to the love and stability they now know in the Kinship Home. They love to play with dolls, and they are making friends and feeling much more comfortable as a part of the Kinship family.