To create smiles!
Create-A-Smile  2007-05-23

Hello, dear friends!

On the 17th of May Create-a-Smile Ministry, along with guests from the USA, visited the children at Nezabravka orphanage, which is located in the suburbs of Stara Zagora. This social institution carries the name of a flower (Bulgarian for "Forget-me-not") with good reason. The building has high quality facilities and excellent staff, which really make it a "rose" among the other orphanages (thorns) in our city and the rest of the country.

The purpose of our visit was to create smiles on children's faces by bringing food and sweets and to spend some time with them. This orphanage houses children between the ages of 3 and 7, who are physically and mentally healthy – and very talented, too. Their pictures are hung all over the building; many sculptures also make this home even prettier. One of the children participated in an international competition with an original picture and won the prize. The Director of the orphanage shared with us that, very soon, there will be a children's art exhibition, which all of us are looking forward to visit.

Our time in Nezabravka orphanage went by very fast and long after we left this place, the children's faces were in front of our eyes. I won't forget them, nor the question they asked me, while climbing in my lap for a hug – "Do you love me?" The name Nezabravka (Forget-me-not) is somehow connected to the fact that once you've seen their eyes it is hard to forget them. Unfortunately, many of these children will never have the real home and family, which they deserve. The staff informed us that since the recent changes in adaption law not a single one of their children has been adopted, which is very disturbing.

Please, pray for good changes in this law and for the destiny of these sweet children!

Author :   Jake Popejoy

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