Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Precious little ones

So what do I (Renee) do during the hours our kids are in school? Well the Lord has blessed me with 60 plus kids to love on.

In Shell is an orphanage started close to 10 years ago by a single North American woman. Recently they completed a new 2 story building on the outskirts of town and are in the process of building a school.

I spend several mornings a week providing Occupational Therapy services and of course love and attention. It is amazing how kids thrive when they receive one on one attention - even if only for a brief time.

The orphanage is very well run, clean and bright. There are just a lot of kids to take care of so anyone with a few hours to spare and love for kids is welcome. Most of these kids have parents and have been "signed over" to the orphanage for a period of time, generally due to poverty or the inability to care for them due to a physical or mental handicap. Parents can visit whenever they would like - although many of them live several days walk into the jungle and cannot afford to come very often.

Currently the orphanage has a full-time national physical therapist and a month from now a missionary couple will be moving here from Holland (the country, not our fair city). She is a Speech therapist (her husband will be working with Eric) and with me on board, we will have a full team of therapists. Very exciting!

Below are some photos of a few of the precious ones I get to work with:


  1. I'd love to know more about the orphanage Renee. Is there a website with info about who can adopt and how?

    I have a vision to someday be able to help Christian families adopt. I've been to Shell and loved the people of Ecuador. This tugs at my heart.

  2. Hello Carol- unfortunately VERY few of the kids are open for adoption - they have parents, the parents just aren't able to care for them due to poverty, handicap, etc... Many of the parents visit on a regular basis. Average cost for the few that have been adopted is $35,000 with a 3 year period of time to wait - if a family member shows up during that time then the adoption process is off. I hope that helped answer some questions - even if it is not what anyone who wants to adopt, wants to hear.

  3. Wow! You are being the hands and feet of #Christ! A genuine product of the Holy Spirit! May God continue to Bless you and your ministries! #JesusLove @ TruthLight_Way

  4. Long before my birth, my favorite grandfather, before he was a grandfather, often donating toys & other things to an orphanage near him. Thank you for your service. Keep up the great work.

    You're always in my prayers.


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