Upon first opening our orphanage doors in 2007, we received two children, one of them a cute little boy named Chola. He was just two years old when his aunt brought him to us. His name is given to children who are born after a set of twins. Chola has twin siblings who are about 2 years older than him, and they come to play with him every Saturday.
Chola was a timid little soul and at first was leery of anything new. Once we offered him a wooden spoon for sand play and he screamed in terror. We thought perhaps he'd been beaten with a spoon before but when we later offered him some milk in a sippy cup and got the same reaction we realized it was more anything new that scared him. We learned to introduce things slowly and carefully. In time our little Chola settled in well and has developed a lot more confidence over the years.
One thing Chola was always good at was eating! Thankfully all the kids we've taken in have adapted well to new foods, and it helps that we are able to offer them a wide variety of nutritious foods.
Christmas 2008 was very exciting for Chola. For the first time ever he received a present under the tree. He loved his toy car and the special candy treats we offered all the children.
A couple months ago Chola accompanied us to the big city for a doctor check-up. Having hardly ever ridden in a car he was quite brave and excited about it all. He loved sitting up and looking out of the window. He kept grinning over at “Daddy Tom” with absolute delight every time we passed another car on the road.
Chola is our oldest child and is very much the big brother figure. He is tender and helpful. He also has the goofiest grin and giggles a lot when watching Disney cartoons. We love him and are so blessed to have him in our new family.
This story contributed by Amy Morrow, project manager at African Educational Services