In 2005, our adoption coordinator, Stass, was swarmed by little children as we entered my future daughter's orphanage. He stooped down and answered a question for each of them before they individually walked away. When I asked Stass what the conversations entailed, he told me that each child always came to him with the same question. "They want to know if I found their mama and papa, yet," he said. When I asked how he could ever answer such a tragic question, he told me that the answer was always the same. "I always tell them that I haven't found them yet, but I am still looking." When I said how heartbreaking that was, Stass corrected me. "That's not the heartbreaking part," he said. "The heartbreaking part happens when they get to be seven or eight. Then they stop coming to talk to me. They give up on having a Forever Family."
At Ele Lembra, we have made it our mission to help children who don't have parents. The most important way that we can help them is to assist them in finding Forever Families. For those who never receive that blessing, we work at helping them to transition as they age out of governmental programs or institutions and move forward to a successful life as an adult. At Ele Lembra, if we do not succeed in helping a child to have a Forever Family, we want to at least ensure that the next generation is raised by successful biological parents.
Ele Lembra is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2012 to help children who are transitioning from institutional settings to independent life. Ele Lembra supports the efforts of these individuals to lead better, more fulfilling lives as contributing members of their home countries. Read More.