As you all know, the Sahbu team recently returned from a 10-day trip to Liberia. Their list of to do’s while over there was enormous. Each day was filled with traveling around to different villages and meeting with people to better understand how to help the children in need. One of the people they met with was a woman by the name of Quita. Quita is a powerful woman with a huge responsibility. Founder of Borto Early Childhood Academy and an orphanage, she has quite the story to tell. Quita lost three babies of her own during the 14 year-long civil war in Liberia, and now she feels God has given her a higher calling in life, which is to take care of the students in her school and the kids in her orphanage. She believes that she lost her children so that she could have this other opportunity to take care of all the other kids in her school and orphanage. Many of the donations we receive here at Sahbu go directly to helping Quita in her efforts to educate and house underprivileged Liberian children. Quita uses our donations to help pay for supplies, teachers’ salaries, and other school-related expenses. The opportunity Quita has provided for the kids in her school and orphanage has made a huge impact on their lives. Although Sahbu has been working with Quita for the past several months, we were all touched to hear how she has overcome the trials in her life and dedicated herself to helping local kids in need. Liberia needs more people like her to care for and love the children who have been abandoned and left to have no chance at life.
Thomas Weight has been in the U.S. less than a year. He recently won an essay contest for the entire 4th grade at Valley View Elementary in Pleasant Grove, UT. His essay serves as a reminder to be thankful for the simple things we have in our lives.
The boys came to us with some surprising lack of emotional charge. We Americans are used to our children loudly and forcefully expressing themselves, especially when they have decided not to do something. The week the boys came home to live with us, we had many friends and family members come by to bring us meals as we addressed the many other needs of the boys in their transition. We were amazed that the boys were not very interested in trying new foods. I already understood my own children’s dislikes, but I had a rule that they had to try everything again, if it was served. When I tried to enforce that rule on the third night with the boys, instead of the whining I get from my girls, Thomas’ eyes just began to leak tears. No sound or other protests, just streaming tears from his eyes. I can’t help but wonder how it feels to keep the rest of his emotional expressions bottled up inside.
As a refugee with no resources, Adeline Tuweah gave her children up so they could live and gain an education. This huge sacrifice inspires a movement that will change a nation. Video transcript below:
What we thought would be a quick process turned into a three year endeavor. We waited for 3 years to bring our boys home from Africa. In the meanwhile we rode the emotional roller coaster of on-again-off-again adoption approval. In the end, everything worked out thanks to persistence, prayer and miracles! Video transcript below (read the bold headlines for a quick overview). The Adoption Process: In my last video I talked about how the adoption process all started. I mentioned that it was the start. It was a long, long time ago. It took a long time for us to progress. I wanted to talk about that today. We started in the fall in 2008. Normally they tell you to expect a 6 month process for adopting from Liberia. My wife, who if any of you know her know she is incredibly tenacious, said, “I”ll get this done very fast.”
In 2008 my wife and I made a decision that has completely changed our lives, and now, we think it will change the world of higher education forever. Take a look at the video to learn how the story begins: Video transcript below (read the bold headlines for a quick overview). In 2004 my daughter was born with a rare genetic, immune-deficiency disorder. Doctors recommended we stop having children… I’ve been asked so many times about the adoptions that I figured I would record a quick video to tell the story, since I’ve told it so many times; and to save those of you who don’t like to read as much, the task of reading a whole write-up on it. Basically it started in 2004, my youngest daughter was born with a very rare genetic disorder, an immune deficiency. And it was a tremendous challenge.