the new addition to the family

we’ve recently adopted.  Not in the traditional sense and we didnt’ choose her, Garrett did, and she’s not really ours, but a child we’re sponsoring through WorldVision.  Her name is Julia — a two year old from Malawi.  A country I’d never heard of until Garrett handed us her profile.  See I was reading Half the Sky and when you get to the end of the book it urges you to DO something.  So I wrote away to host a World Vision “party.”  I wasn’t able to hold the party, but we did get Julia out of the mix.  Garrett’s pretty psyched to be a big brother, and I just hope what little we can do, does in fact make a difference.


While not war torn, Malawa has it’s own share of problems.  I checked the CIA website and got this…

Established in 1891, the British protectorate of Nyasaland became the independent nation of Malawi in 1964. After three decades of one-party rule under President Hastings Kamuzu BANDA the country held multiparty elections in 1994, under a provisional constitution that came into full effect the following year. Current President Bingu wa MUTHARIKA, elected in May 2004 after a failed attempt by the previous president to amend the constitution to permit another term, struggled to assert his authority against his predecessor and subsequently started his own party, the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) in 2005. As president, MUTHARIKA has overseen economic improvement but because of political deadlock in the legislature, his minority party has been unable to pass significant legislation, and anti-corruption measures have stalled. Population growth, increasing pressure on agricultural lands, corruption, and the spread of HIV/AIDS pose major problems for Malawi. MUTHARIKA was reelected to a second term in May 2009.



Filed under Family, Giving Back

3 responses to “the new addition to the family

  1. I have always wanted to do something like this 🙂

    • snydeen

      Go for it!! I have four more children if you’re interested… (NO, not mine! Quit laughing!) Teja Sai, a four year old boy from India; Clewis, an 8 year old boy from the Dominican Republic; Tinotenda a 3 year old boy from Zimbabwe; or Elida Maria a 3 year old girl from Honduras. OR go to (If you do, please make note of my host number: 129014433 (I’m still feeling guilty over not having the house party!)

  2. Wonderful. Julia has such sad eyes, but I detect a glimmer of hopefulness. Thank you for the Worldvision contact info, too.

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