It was on the kindest nature of our preachers why I got to meet this child. I am grateful to God that she celebrated the first years of her lives with us. Thanks be unto God!
Remembering that evening when Kuya mentioned a child and her story broke my heart. That night when I was motivated to take part in the service of the abandoned children.That night when I have sent my resume to Infant Care as a volunteer care giver on my tedious hours aside from studying.
Her story started when Sis Arlene, Bro. Daniel’s wife, saw her lying along the street–grasping and extremely ailed. She was taken to the hospital. The diagnosis told she has severe pneumonia. She was treated promptly and given post care. Knowing the misery of her living, Sis Arlene suggested to deliver the child under the custody of ADDFII to prevent the child from further harm and be given proper child health and care management. Talks with the parents and DSWD were arranged and reconciled. The result turned out for the best of the child.
She was thin, black, dirty, with lot of rashes, ill-tempered baby when she first got to the institution. She misses her moms, she cries a lot before until she become accustomed to her new living. Today she is brilliant, bright, acive, big, lovely baby girl with a “tomboy” gesture and a bully look. HAHAHA. She’s one of my favorite because she loves to eat, you don’t get a hard time feeding her except for sleeping. Princess is the humor source of the other babies. She knows how to makes them laugh. That’s why I believe babies have languages that they can only understand. Princess is very sweet. Every night when she coughs due to pending pneumonia, I tugged her back to console her and cough out sputum as well, the next morning she would cling on you. She will always look for you.
The night before her birthday, the social workers were surprised upon the unexpected visits of Princess’s family—her mother, lola and 2 older siblings. They use to call her “Ashly” rather than Princess that’s why when they asked “Asan si Ashly?” we look around and utter “Sino si Ashly?” They were extremely happy to see her again in a very well condition. Princess seems to miss her family as well for there is a different glow in her eyes and smile. Her siblings were also loud and happy to see her. They kiss her on cheeks; hug her tightly, strolled and give her a gift of a pair of pink slippers and a dress. That was a teary-eyed night indeed. The longing of a loving mother for her beautiful little daughter filled the room. The family stayed at the Transient home to pass the night.
On her very special day, a kid’s party was arranged in participation of ADFII staffs, abandoned children and her family. Intermission numbers were performed by children’s together with her siblings too. Parlor games was also initiated and participated by all age groups. Inspirational message from the staffs and her parents were delivered as well. Slide shows of princess’s pictures were shown while guests are eating their foods. The party was a success and everybody is thankful that this pretty girl shared her 1st year with us.