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child of hope ....... daniela

Daniela is 12 years old. Do you remember her from the series of beauties under my last post from Nicaraugua? Please. Take another look at her. She's had great trauma in her young life.Trauma that in our society would warrant years of therapy. No such luck for Daniela. The mother is no longer at home. The responsibility of taking care of the home & family falls on Daniela because she's the oldest . There are 5 younger children and her step-father in the home. She washes, she cooks, she cleans, she takes care of her 2 brothers & 3 sisters. She has no time for a childhood. She's 12 and in grade 3. She's not doing well in school. But who can blame her? How can she have time & energy & focus for learning with the weight of responsibility she is carrying? The father is a good man, a hard-working man who obviously loves his children. When he's not at the school where he works as a security guard, you see him always with several of his children tagging along. He's doing the best he can, I'm sure.


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Kathy Adams


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Taken on October 9, 2008