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Well, it turns out that the coordinator only actually saw one child and his health is questionable. I've not yet had the chance to see him.
The two children I saw earlier this week had not been seen by my coordinator. We were basically traveling by the seat of our pants. When I tried to discuss this with her, she said that the best children are reserved for native Kasakhstanis who wish to adopt. The others are made available for international adoption and that I shouldn't expect to get a healthy child. I explained that I should've been told this prior to traveling so I could've decided if I wanted to take the risk in coming. I told her that I was lead to believe that there were viable options and that there was more than one child to consider.
She became defensive and the conversation deteriorated from there.
I've called the rep in the States and she is very upset about this and will try to fix it from there. The reputation of her agency is on the line here.
Needless to say, I'm very upset. My gut is telling me I'll be coming home alone and my dream will have ended.
I'm trying to keep faith, but it is very difficult. I'm hoping to see this one child tomorrow, but I know he too has health issues.
In the meantime, I'm trying to take away what good I can. The people I've met from Kazakhstan have been very nice and generous to me. The driver in Kzyl Orda was very cute in that on the second day when I got in his car, he greeted me with a very accented "Good Morning." In his frustration at not being able to communicate with me, he went home after the first evening and stole one of his young daughter's basic English phrases book.
He was going down the list...whot du yo like to du own vahcahshun? Du yo enjoy sport? How old are yo? Du yo have brudders and sisters?
I answered in a mixture of Russian, Kazakh, Turkish and gestures.
Anyway, I guess that's all for now. I don't want to end up bawling here in the internet cafe. (Robin and Anna, you've seen enough of that in the office lately!)
I appreciate everyone's nice notes, your thoughts and prayers. Perhaps they'll work.
J & A, please forward the Oliver and his Harley Picture to my work email. I had to delete it from my tds account in order to free up memory.
More to come...