Another one of our beautiful children at AHOPE died last Friday. Tsion was a darling seven year old girl who died of complications from measles. When we met her one year ago, she was a very happy, sparkly little girl who asked me to take her picture over and over. I wish I could post it here so you could see her sweet face, but despite being an orphan who has now died, we still have to respect our own policies of not sharing photos of the children.
Tsion did not yet have adoptive parents, so it isn’t necessary to inform her prospective family of her death, but that in and of itself breaks my heart. This little girl died with no mother or father to grieve for her, miss her, or remember her. All of the children at AHOPE are either double orphans or, in a small number of cases, they may have one living parent who is near death. These children desperately need families and with proper medical care, the kind of care we can provide in the United States and other developed countries, children with HIV can thrive.
My heart breaks for Tsion, but I take comfort in the knowledge that she will never suffer again, or be afraid, or lonely, because she is with Jesus now. Please pray for the staff and children of AHOPE who are grieving. Please also pray for protection against illness for the children, who despite the benefits of ARV medications, are immunocompromised and vulnerable to measles and other diseases.
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