Psalm 68:5-6

A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling.

God sets the lonely in families, he leads forth the prisoners with singing; but the rebellious live in a sun-scorched land.

I am Stepanie Nance. My family adopted two little boys with Down Syndrome from Ukraine in 2010. I hope to educate and to inspire you. I hope to make you laugh and to make you cry.

Come along for the ride. It's a wild one!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

The Math

Imagine a place slightly smaller in area than the state of Texas with over 100,000 children living in orphanages. It's Ukraine. Only 10% are true orphans, children whose parents have died. So, somewhere around 90,000 children have parents who are drug users, or in jail, or abusive, or in the case of children with special needs, simply unable to care for them.

If 100,000 children are living in orphanages that house around 200 children, on average, then let's do a little math. I love math. 100,000 orphans ÷ 200 orphans per orphanage = 500 orphanages.

There are about 500 towns in Texas with a population greater than 4,200 people. Imagine an orphanage housing 200 children in each and every Texas town with greater than 4,200 residents.

To be completely fair the population of Texas is about half of the population of Ukraine. I believe it is still useful to take numbers like 100,000 orphans and relate them to images that our minds can grasp.

In the end though, we are talking about living, breathing, flesh and blood. They are children, not numbers. They are priceless. They are worth our trouble.

1 comment:

  1. They are priceless, your completely right. And they deserve out time, our money, our love, and our talents.

    Brooke Annessa



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