As we went through our adoption process in 2008 we naturally began to read about Ethiopia, the orphan crisis around the world and what different organizations were doing to help those in need.
It is easy to become overwhelmed by the shear numbers of orphans – 4.6 million in Ethiopia alone. I will admit that a little self-doubt may even creep in. “Is this enough?” “Could the money the adoption is costing us be put to better use.” The answer is no, and maybe yes.
It is not enough to fly 9,000 miles, pick up your new children, and fly home. It CANNOT be all you do. To leave without caring for the orphans left behind is to turn your back on your newly-adopted child’s cultural history.
Fortunately, it seems that most adoptive parents get this. It would be hard for you to travel to Addis Ababa, see the women begging on the streets, children strapped to their back, and come back home unchanged.
Adoptive parents across the United States are becoming catalysts in their churches and communities. They are opening the eyes of their pastors and friends to the great need abroad.
If you are an adoptive parent, looking to make a difference in Ethiopia, I encourage you to check out World Orphans monthly sponsorship program.