You know, the prospect of selling over $3600 in candy, making said candy and sending nearly $3000 to RUSSIA is enough to put anyone over the edge. ?Mother Teresa once said, “God won’t give me more than I can handle. ?I just wish He didn’t trust me so much.” ?I reflect on those words daily at this time of year. ?You could say that I bring this upon myself, but I beg to differ. ?I had a plan with life. ?I was going to get married, have some babies and live happily ever after. ?I didn’t choose to be infertile thus laying out a whole contorted life of adopting from Russia and the “afterlife” that entailed. ?Would I have been content with the happily ever after? ?Probably not.
In any case, things rarely work out the way I intend them to.
The purpose of Sweet Hope is to give children who have nothing something. ?Ultimately, I would like to see them get the therapy they need and a loving home. ?That will take many years to realize and if there is one thing in this life I’ve learned, it is to be patient.
Yesterday morning I received an email from my friend, Galina. ?I had emailed her the day before to give her a heads up on the money situation and confirm the “send to” information. ?I was very disturbed by what she had to say. ?After receiving my email, she called Dr. Tatiana at Khabarovsk Baby Home #2. ?The gist of the email was that Dr. Tatiana did not want the money we were going to send. ?Or rather, she did not want to be beholden to the Slavyanka Women’s Society for the funds. ?Basically, Tatiana said, “give the money to children who need it more.” ?She turned down 3 grand. ?Evidently, because the Baby Home is located in an urban area there are always people who give large sums of money. ?Those people do not ask for a report of how the money is spent. ?Slavyanka (and I) demand that we know how the money is spent. ?I was floored. ?How does an orphanage turn down $3000? ?$3000? ?Hell, I could use 3 grand.
Galina, in her grace, was so apologetic about the whole situation. ?Her solution was that the Slavyanka Women’s Society would find a suitable orphanage to receive your gifts, with my permission.
I waited with anticipation all day to hear an answer from her. ?At 5:00 last evening I received this email from her…
Lisa, hi. I spoke with the director ” Children’s orphanage ” in village Mirnyi.
I very much pity(regret), that you did not see as they were delighted. This very poor establishment and suddenly on a head such money gift has felled. I am glad very much for them. To this village it is necessary to go more than hour. They are ready to execute all conditions Slawyanka under the control. As well as last time I shall organize, TV and journalists of the newspapers.
On Friday, the director will arrive to Khabarovsk and we speak all details of reception of money. Yesterday Slawyanka has organized an elective conference and I was elected by the Chairman Slawyanka. All women asked to pass you, that they are glad to see you as ours guest in Khabarovsk. Welcome.
With love, Galina
I will warn you that Galina writes her emails in Russian and then sends them through a translator. ?That is why they take a little while to decipher. ?The basic translation is that the money will go to the orphanage in the village of Mirny, Russia. ?It is a very poor orphanage and the director is overjoyed to receive the money. ?He (or she) will travel to Khabarovsk this Friday to meet with Galina to discuss how this money should be spent. ?I have asked Galina a bunch of questions about this orphanage since I am not familiar with it. ?As soon as I know something I will pass it on. ?What I will say is that I fully trust the ladies of Slavyanka. ?I have met many of them and I have a very long history with Galina. ?There are people in Russia who will try and dupe Americans out of money. ?Galina is not one of them.
So my roller-coaster day… it ended on a high note.