Posted by: Kristin W | February 4, 2010

Officially Waiting

We got word today that we are officially waiting.  Our dossier has been processed and we don’t have to correct or change anything.  So, our official “wait day” is listed as January 27, 2010, the day the agency received our dossier packet.  This is exciting news…one step closer.

Many of you have asked if we will consider changing our plans to adopt from Haiti.  No.  While the events there are tragic, I do not believe that the plight of the Haitian people is as serious as that which exists in Ethiopia.  Here are some statistics:

▪ Ethiopia is listed in the top 10 countries for the worst human development index worldwide

▪ 5 million, or 16% of all children in Ethiopia are orphans

▪ 1 in every 13 children dies before his/her first birthday

▪ 1 in 14 women will die from complications during pregnancy or childbirth

▪ More than 1/3 of children under age 5 are malnourished

▪ 4 out of 5 families live on less than $2 a day

▪ In rural areas, fewer than 1 in 3 families has access to a clean water source

That is to say nothing of the lack of educational opportunities or medical care.  I always knew when we found the right adoption path, it would be obvious to us, and that is what we’ve found in Ethiopia.

In related news, I have decided to give up my birthday this year.  To learn more, visit http://mycharitywater.org/KristinW

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