dr. jane aronson
I recently met with the teachers at Toy Library in Kenscoff and then later I met with the senior leadership team that manages and supervises all of our Haiti programs. What a day of inspiration!
I am here with four 17-year-old young men who have joined the Worldwide Orphans' Orphan Ranger corps. These boys are sweet and open to life. They are caring and loving to the Haitian kids in Kenscoff where Worldwide Orphans has been working since the earthquake.
I wish that I had listened to my father more. I wish I let things that hurt roll off my back more and trusted that being natural and myself was safe. He advised me to pursue so many goals for myself and I didn't listen because I did not believe in myself. He wanted me to trust myself and I fought him on this.
And there are heroes in Maplewood. Who are they? When one of them falls and dies, we all cry and pay our respects. Angelo Vayas, who passed away at his home in Maplewood this past weekend, is a hero. I attended his wake at Morrow Church yesterday.
I have written thousands of words over the last few weeks searching to settle down and find a way to express my anger and the upset of so many in the adoption community, but this went no where.
We salute all parents in the audience tonight who created families thru adoption, me included. November is National Adoption Month. I thank all of you who were inspired to support the kids "left behind" after you adopted your children.
The staff didn't have any idea about what I would ask and none of them were present for the interviews of the others. One by one, they revealed their passion for their work. More miraculously, they discovered during our conversations that they, themselves, had changed.
Ten million children under the age of five die every year. When I started medical school that number was double, and though we have come a long way, this is not good enough.
Trying hard to write about Haiti, but my feelings about the babies in one orphanage in the mountains of Ayiti have haunted me for over a week. I honestly can't sleep and rest without her in my vision.
When we stop behaving like xenophobic, isolationist silos, we might be able to prevent masses of people trying to escape abuse in their communities. We wait for crises to happen. We spend little time and money on prevention and we are in denial about the condition of the human spirit.