As most visitors here know, I take volunteers to serve and learn in Cambodia. We spend lots of our time at Wat Opot, an orphanage/loving community about 50km outside Phnom Penh. Most of the kids lost their parents to AIDS, and many of them have HIV themselves. Lots of orphanages make a substantial income by offering babies for adoption, but Wat Opot isn’t one of them. They take the kids with HIV, who will never be adopted, and rarely have a HIV-free baby in their midst. Baby Cheap was a recent exception. She came to Wat Opot after her mother died of AIDS, and she has been raised for the past year there.
Today I received an email saying she had been adopted. Read the story here. She’ll be missed, but I trust she’s with a loving family now that will raise her (and spoil her) in ways most Cambodian kids can’t even dream about (they really can’t imagine).
(True confessions: I posted photos of the wrong cute kid. Oops! I’ll leave them anyway, but just for the record, the girl in the photos is Baby Tee not Baby Cheap.)