By MJ Zelya-
Mirna came to our home on May 12, 2011 (read more about Mirna and her siblings here). It is impossible to forget the condition she was in: neglected, sad, dejected, and very unsure of herself and the situation with us. Now she is a young woman full of joy!
She always has a smile on her face and is willing to help everyone. It’s like she is a completely different girl — better yet, lady. A young lady who has come out of her shell and is learning to fly.
It is exciting for us when our children go to a forever family, either Guatemalan or international* — one that will love them for the rest of their lives. However, there are some children who cannot be adopted because of age or physical condition, or because they are part of a large sibling group. The latter is the case with Mirna and her four siblings.
Mirna never had the chance for a normal childhood — neither school nor playtime — because of the poverty in which she used to live. On top of all of that, her biological mom left her in the care of her siblings. It’s hard for us to imagine the kind of life she once lived. Miraculously, the court intervened and Mirna and her siblings came to live with us. We have become their family.
Like any family we try to give our children the best education possible. Because of her education delays, Mirna is being home-schooled, learning via a distance program that allows her to get all the requirements for high school graduation. We also support her learning with a teacher at our home. Mirna is also attending a beauty school, which is preparing her for a future career.
In fact, this is her last year of study at the beauty school — soon she will become a professional hair stylist. She has learned a lot and accomplished much! We’ve also seen her mature through the process.
For practice, she cuts the hair of some of the other children in our home, and even does make-overs for the Special Mothers.
Mirna says that she feels blessed to be here and to have the opportunity to study, because it has taught her to enjoy learning more. She is also happy that this profession will help her obtain a job that can help her siblings too!
Forever Changed International started Dorie’s Promise Guatemala for moments exactly like these. Supporting all our children, including ones like Mirna, because we want them to have a better life, one full of opportunities and the chance to be someone in life — not to be ignored (as many are) simply because they didn’t have the same opportunities as other children have. We are committed to passionately serving the world’s forgotten children. Will you join us in our mission to reach more of them? Sponsor today, visit us, or see our online gift registry for our other needs.
*International Adoptions for Guatemala closed in 2008