In spite of the hurt this long wait for my daughter has created, it's also been a blessing on some levels. It's allowed me the time to work a second job while I scrimped and saved money to pay off my adoption debt. The money is there now. So to show my appreciation for the peace of mind that bank account brings me, I've decided to pay it forward by committing to a monthly donation... instead of just a little here and there as I normally do.
I was moved by this message and made a decision to invest in the future of young girls. There are many programs to donate to within this organization. But since my heart belongs to a particular part of the world, I chose this charity. Project GLOW stands for Giving Leadership Opportunities to young Women. Because of it, girls ages 10-18 in the Yi ethnic group in rural China are able to attend an innovative new school, free of charge, that educates them in traditional subjects as well as teaching them vocational skills so they can later earn a living.
I've also committed to fully sponsor a child through my favorite charity, Half the Sky. Half the Sky offers the love and concern of family for thousands of orphaned children in China who have lost theirs. They provide individual nurture and stimulation for babies, innovative preschools that encourage an early love of learning, personalized learning opportunities for older children, and loving — and most important, permanent — foster homes for children whose special needs will keep them from being adopted.
If you have the ability, there are many places in the world that need help. Please do your part.