Saturday, August 11, 2012

UPDATED: Meet two beautiful residents of the "Bad Place". Time sensitive report.

** UPDATE: Payton and Penny's files have been returned. Their listings are gone when you click their links. HOWEVER, their files are still available for those who ask, so please let me know, or better yet, email Shelley at if you are interested in these children!

All the orphans we discuss on this blog have urgent needs, but some are, in reality, more urgent than others. These two beautiful, lost children are in the Bad Place, which I wrote about last April. The place has improved since the government got involved, and many children have been saved.

But not these two. Not yet.

Their time is running out, and the need to get their faces out there is critical. You see, RR only has their files for a limited time, and when that time is up, RR will no longer have access to their information.

First, there's Payton. Oh, my heart. How can this be? He is eight years old and weighs 17 pounds. His main issues seem to be cerebral palsy and severe malnutrition.

Payton has been starved for most of his life. This picture breaks my heart.

Payton as a younger child.

Here is a summary of Payton's situation:
Payton was placed in an orphanage immediately after birth. He was then placed back with his birth mother when he was 14 months old. His mother returned him to the orphanage when he was 22 months old. He has been in the orphanage since that time. He lives in an orphanage where he received little medical intervention for his needs until just a few months ago. He has been blessed to receive significant medical intervention due to a special medical fund set up to assist children at his orphanage. 
In May 2012, after treatment through the medical fund, he was diagnosed with severe malnutrition. He has been placed on a specific feeding regimen to address this issue. He is currently almost 8 years old and weighs just 17 pounds. He has also received lens implants to fix his cataracts. He has spent the majority of his life in a crib. He shows an interest in what is going on around him and enjoys attention. He needs a family that will help him to reach his true potential.

There are additional photos and a video clip of Payton from June 2012, if someone is interested in learning more about this precious boy. Please, I beg you to spread the word and ask others to do the same. Click here for more information.


Next, there is dear Penny. She is in the Bad Place, wasting away. She is almost 12 years old and weighs just 21 pounds. Penny's main issues are internal hydrocephalus, cerebral palsy, and rotted teeth. I would add that she is clearly malnourished as well!

Despite a life of neglect, Penny still has a spark of joy!

More info:
Penny is 11 years old and weighs just 21 pounds. She’s been confined to a bed her entire life in an orphanage where she received little interaction or care. She is still fed from a bottle and cared for very much like a baby. She has never had the opportunity to reach her full potential.

There are several additional photos available of Penny, and a video clip from June 2012. Penny is a child of God who deserves the love of a family. Please, consider rescuing her from this dark life she has lived, or pass along her information to your friends, neighbors, pastors, everyone! It only takes one person to see her smiling, innocent face, and she will be saved. 

Click here for more information.

Both Payton and Penny are available for adoption by large families, older parents, and single moms, and they come from a nation that has a relatively easy and inexpensive adoption process. If ever you've felt the urge to adopt a special needs child or even to jump into advocacy for such children, now is the time!

Thank you for sharing the faces and stories of these beautiful, very desperate children.

And endless thanks to Lydia -- an amazing woman who is adopting two children of her own from the Bad Place -- for bringing Payton and Penny to my (and your) attention!

To sweeten the pot, Lydia has this offer for you, with no donations involved:

I am running a giveaway to find their mamas. All you have to do to be entered is share my blog post about them on facebook or twitter or by email and let me know. Please, please help me rally around these two precious souls. We can't leave them in that place!

Please, share, share, share!



  1. I met these two sweet, beautiful loves on my trip 3 weeks ago to that place. I spent some time with Penny specifically. She really is a lovely child - there is a sweet little girl trapped in there. I pray her mama is found soon!

    1. Jennifer, thank you for this!! I am so glad to hear from someone who has seen and spent time with these children! Praying for families to come soon!

  2. It is still possible to adopt either one or both of these beautiful children! Please email Shelley at if you are interested!