[If Sampson could talk to you, maybe he would say...]
"Dear Mommy and Daddy,
My name is Sampson. I'm 2.5 years old. I live in Ghana. My life was turned upside down a few months ago when my first mommy died and my first daddy couldn't take care of me. Now I live in this new place, where people are nice and I get a lot of food, but I still miss my first family. I'm really sad right now, but the Aunties tell me that soon I will get used to this new place and I will "blossom" like the other Eban House kids.
These days I don't feel too good. They say I have a virus in my blood called HIV. It might be making me feel bad, but we aren't for sure yet. I might just need better food so that my strength grows. I go to a good doctor now, that will take good care of me until you can come and bring me to my new home in America. Mostly, I just want someone to hold me and love me. I don't know where you are, or who you are, but I'm waiting for you."
I don't usually post about AAI's waiting children on my blog (and certainly not with a picture), but I'm making an exception for Sampson. It seems a crime to me that this gorgeous little guy is waiting just because of the highly treatable virus running through is body. I just got through talking to Kendi's doctor about when she grows up and has babies and grand babies. Sampson can have the same future! We are looking for a family with a COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL HOMESTUDY for Sampson. If you have a COMPLETED INTERNATIONAL HOMESTUDY and would like to know more about Sampson please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I cannot share more information with families who do not have a current homestudy--sorry. If you don't have a homestudy, you would (of course) be welcome to start the process in hopes of adopting Sampson, but we cannot place Sampson on hold while you do that. He needs a family now--today--yesterday, actually.
Are you waiting for Sampson? We know this much about his family. They will be between 25-50 years old. They will have 6 or fewer children at home. The will be willing to travel to Ghana at least once. And they will know in their hearts that HIV is really not THAT big of a deal. =-)