I'm in the process of reading a really intense and all too familiar book called "The Boy from Baby House 10". Within the first few pages of this memoir about a boy from an orphanage in Russia, I knew that it was going to be difficult to read especially since so much of those first few pages remind me exactly of what I've witnessed in Sofia's orphanage here in Ukraine.
Sofia is in what is officially called Baby House 1. Luckily, the director here at this orphanage really does care for the children so they are renovating the orphanage and most recently got new insulated windows so that it stays cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.
Yesterday, we cashed Sofia's bank account that had about $1800 in it and we donated it back to the orphanage to help with renovations. It is customary to do this and we were so happy to do it. We hope this money will make even more improvements to the conditions inside the orphanage at Baby House 1.
We also found out that all babies in Baby House 1 are baptized usually before they turn 1. We received a copy of her Baptism and a small angel prayer card and a cross on a chain. Sofia was baptized on February 18th of this year, just a few days before her first birthday. What a blessing.
Starting tomorrow, the girl from Baby House 1 will no longer be. She will be Sofia from Sacramento, California!