28 SepBigger vision, new directions – Part One
This blog post is the first instalment in a two-part series written by our CEO Lyn Gould about exciting new developments for Butterfly Children’s Hospices.
“Yesterday I wept silent tears again. I was having a meeting in the orphanage with the head doctor discussing our new project to help fragile children, when I saw Winter Snow – Snowy. She is 12 years old and like a little sparrow, so thin, so weak, so fragile. I spent the night thinking about her, in the morning I saw her again – her eyes were alert and made contact with mine, saying so much without words. Her long, beautifully shaped, dedicate fingers wrapped weakly around my hand and we connected – she has suffered so much in her life.10 years in an orphanage, one of them in foster care where she deteriorated so returned to the orphanage a year ago. Since then she has had multiple episodes of chest infections and diarrhoea and is not eating well – she is now too weak.She was in danger of fading away so our wonderful Butterfly staff pulled together to take an extra child, the nurses committed to do shifts to cover the 24 hours and give her the care she needs. We will feed her gently and slowly, bathe her and dress her in new fresh clothes. She can sleep in a clean bed and have her position changes, her bony bits cushioned and her mouth cleaned regularly. We will talk with her, she will hear music and happy noise in her new home and maybe, gradually, the little miracle will happen and she will dare to open her protective shell and smile. Whatever the future holds for Winter Snow, she will know love and care and maybe hope will follow.”
“To see and share the pain of such vulnerable, lonely human beings is very hard most of the time, a cost to health, emotions and our lives. It is also a very privileged way of life – to be allowed to work in such settings and to be able to do something for some of the children.I understand how people can become hardened to suffering when it is the way of the culture and they personally can do nothing about it. It is my joy to work with people who continue to care and do not become hardened. They continue to see the child as a real persons, not just another smiley, pathetic wreck that first enters the Butterfly Home. They know the reward of daring to open themselves to share the journey and experience the moments of connection, to celebrate the first smile, and know that love changes everything for that child.”
Please keep our beautiful girl in your thoughts and prayers. This blog post provides the background for our new upcoming project to help more children like Snowy. Keep an eye out for the second instalment to find out what happens next…