Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Meet Niko

Niko is a 6 year old boy. He is currently living in an older child internat in Eastern Europe. Close your eyes for a moment and imagine your child at 6 years old, or a child you know around the age of 6. Now imagine Niko who is 6, who doesn't have a mommy or a daddy. He doesn't get to go to the park and have his parents push him on the swings, he doesn't get to smell fresh baked chocolate chip cookies when he gets home from school. He doesn't get to laugh and run carelessly through life without a care in the world.  He doesn't get birthday parties, christmas mornings, easter egg hunts, or anyone to spoil him rotten with love. Who tucks Niko in at night, gets him a drink of water, and reads him a bedtime story? Not mommy or daddy........A nanny in the orphanage who is on rotating shifts. Niko has no concept of having his own room, his own toys, and what the love of a family feels like.
Niko also has a congenital anomaly of the urinary system, as described in Eastern Europe. He has extrophia of the bladder (the doctor says this is operable).  He is cognitively delayed as well and needs special help with speech.
Niko is NOT HIV +.
Niko is very active and physically capable and could really benefit from having surgery.
But what Niko needs IMMEDIATLEY is a FAMILY, the LOVE of a FAMILY.

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