Oliver is an adorable 5 year-old boy living in an Ukra*nian orphanage. Just look at those lips! He has lived his whole life confined to a crib and everyday he waits alone in this same position. Soon Oliver will be sent to an institution where he'll most certainly be bedridden indefinitely.
Several familes have witnessed that this precious boy isn't held or shown affection. The nannies who look after the children will lean over the crib railing to feed him a bottle so they won't have to hold him close. I've heard that he doesn't get to play, or have a bath, or go outside, or even make noise. And some parents believed the children are kept silent by fear of being hit or thrown so I can see why he'd be quiet. One mother who saw Oliver said:
"This little boy is available for adoption on Reecesrainbow. He was in Victoria's room. He has a form of dwarfism. He was never let out of his crib. His postion was never changed. They kept him covered up with a blanket so no one would have to see him."
So Ronnie and I prayed for what we needed to do. In the end it unfortunately looks like Oliver may not be meant for us, but we still couldn't let go of him.
As I mentioned below, we shortly came across Leila's site (who is helping us spread the word here!) and she gave us a brilliant idea.
From now until August 19th, we are fully committed to match any donations to Oliver's Reece's fund, dollar for dollar, up to $2000. This way your $10 will become $20, your $100 will turn into $200, and so on.
How fantastic would it be to help make adopting this boy a little easier? Some families adopting special needs children may eventually receive a partial tax refund, but bringing home one of these cuties can cost around $26,000 - $30,000 upfront. Reece's Rainbow is a 501(c)3 non profit charity (tax ID# 20-5466141) so your donations are tax deductible and it could very well be the push his forever family needs to go out there and get him!
If you happen to be in the position where you are unable to donate money, please share this information with anyone you can. Your sharing just might be the ticket for a brand new family to see him and fall in love.
It says on Oliver's Profile that he has Achondroplasia, though a few of us believe this was mistaken for Diastrophic Dysplasia. Many of our wonderful friends have this type of dwarfism and are out there walking, dancing, and getting crazy! Oliver could have had so much potential if this place gave him a little therapy - and we still believe he has so much more. He truly deserves a life, cuddles, and tons of love.
More information about the conditions of Oliver's orphanage can be found on the blogs below. These amazing families are doing some great things!:
Thank you so much for reading this, and please donate here if you can (our goal is to reach $5546.80 in two weeks!), and/or share, and pray for these kids!