This is Lynda. Lynda currently spends her days in the same orphanage my niece and nephew once called home. . Lynda's hair has been cut very short and she often was put in boy's clothing. My sister-in-law and her husband met this little girl and even though they were there adopting Sam and Ruby. (So they were only a little busy!). . . Maranda knew that she needed to help "Lynda" find a Mama and Papa of her very own. So, I'm going to use Maranda's words instead of my own. . .
"We met Lynda when we were at Sam & Ruby’s orphanage this summer. She was in the same groupa (the group of children who basically share life together…they eat, sleep and play together all day, every day). Lynda needs a family badly. She was one of the least favored children in the groupa. As you can see, her hair is cropped short. Thankfully, they put a cute dress on her for this photo, but for several weeks at the orphanage we thought Lynda was a boy. Most of the other girls in the groupa wore girls’ clothes and always had pretty bows in their long hair, but not Lynda or another little girl with mental delays. These two girls were dressed as boys all of the time. Lynda seemed to receive the least attention and was often found playing by herself.
She has a quiet, noble nature about her. She was always very kind even though she received little attention. She is in a “good” orphanage in that she is well fed and kept clean, but she so desperately needs a family. On one occasion she wandered over to the play shelter where we were playing and was trying to eat Ruby’s cookie. We didn’t have any extra (we brought treats for the groupa every three days or so) so Ed just picked her up to distract her and as soon as he did, she threw her arms around his neck and rested her head on his shoulder just soaking in the attention. It was the most precious yet sad thing I’ve ever seen. She just wants to love and be loved…to be a Daddy’s girl. I wish you could have seen the smile on her face as she hugged Ed. It was priceless. For that brief moment, she was in heaven.
She has hydrocephalus and is globally delayed in her development but she is still very bright and has so much potential in a family. Judging by the size and shape of her head, it seems that either her shunt isn’t working or she has never been shunted. A shunt is crucial for people with hydrocephalus to keep the fluid from building up around their brain. She needs medical attention, but most of all she needs a family. Lynda will turn five in December. Just like Sam, she will face the threat of being transferred to an adult insane asylum where she would likely die."
Edit: Lynda is one of the 21 featured kiddos, THANK YOU for your votes! Now she could use your (tax-deductible donations! When the Voice of Hope fund hits $7000, $2100 will be added to Lynda's fund!
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