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Becky L.

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Solace for the Children
August 7, 2011

My family is blessed to have the opportunity to host Solace extended child. Making the decision to host on a long-term basis was not easy. We have 5 children of our own and life is busy. A lot of time and prayer went into the decision. We had many concerns. How would we communicate? Would she go to an American school? Would she like us? Would we like her? The Solace community guided us through all of our questions and waited patiently for our “yes”. We knew that in the end we would be helping to save this young girls life. Little did we know that she would be the one to change our lives.

Our host daughter contracted polio as a baby and was never treated. As a result she came to us with severe scoliosis. She has been through several surgeries including one that lasted 10 hours and involved 3 surgeons. Before her surgery she was in bed 80% of the time due to extreme pain. Thanks to Solace she now has a chance at a normal life. The medical care that this child needed is simply not available in Afghanistan. She would have surely died a slow and painful death.

As an Afghan girl she was never afforded the opportunity to receive an education. This is a gift that she does not take it lightly. She has worked hard and caught up & even passed many children in our American school. I was so concerned about the influence that she would have on my own children. I was correct. This young lady has definitely influenced my kids. They now understand so much more than they did before. They understand how blessed they are to have the opportunity to go to school, to always have food on the table, to be able to walk down the street and not have to worry about a bomb killing them or a member of their family. They understand the blessings of basic medical care and what can happen when you don’t receive it. They also understand the meaning of love and family.

This child was not born to us but she will forever be a part of our family. The day will come when she will return to her homeland and while it will be sad for us I know that she will return stronger, healthier and educated. She wants to make a difference to the women & children in Afghanistan and thanks to Solace she will be strong enough to do just that.

When we began this process we just wanted to make a difference in one child’s life and in the end she has changed each of us for the better.

I can’t begin to say how much we all love the Solace for the Children community. We consider them all part of our family and are so very grateful to them for changing our lives. I feel certain that because of Solace for the Children our host daughter will have a wonderful and positive impact on many other lives in the future. I would encourage everyone to somehow get involved in this organization and watch how it changes your lives forever. Solace is a true example of “In giving that we receive”.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

watching my host daughter and my Marine son (currently on deployment in AF) communicate and learn about each others culture. My host daughter told my son that he could call her family for anything he might need. That is true peace!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

continue to bring Solace to more communities.

More feedback

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

MY ROLE:
Volunteer & My family is currently hosting a Solace extended child.