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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Little Hermelinda

These are some of my favorites amongst the "gift" photos we got of our sponsor kids. I was really glad to get them since up to that point we had only one photo of Hermelinda. She is six and lives in Guatemala.

I just think she is the cutest little thing! She's so petite. And so totally unfazed. LOL! I am determined to get this kid to smile. :)

I have noticed that the girls especially seem quite shy and reserved when they first enroll in Children International's program. It's not that often that you get a little girl that smiles in her first picture. But, little by little, you can see that they gain self-confidence and feel safe to express themselves. That's one of the greatest things about CI - seeing the children grow and become more confident. Many of the older girls in the program often comment that CI helped them to lose their reserve and become more self-assured. It's like sponsor kid girl power!

We'll keep working on Hermelinda. :)

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Blogger Heather M said...

That is so true! The girls just sit stone-faced for their first picture! My now 4 year old showed a smile in her first special needs pictures- It is so wonderful because when you finally get them to smile, you feel like you have accomplished something big!

8:49 PM  
Anonymous Carrie K said...

She looks like she's in hostage negotiations. That is so sad that she doesn't natually smile at the camera - well, it might be just a cameraman taking the pictures and no one she knows.

8:59 PM  
Blogger jessie said...

These pictures (of all the kids) are very sweet and inspiring.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Mary said...

Again, thanks for sharing these and for brightening these kids' (and their families') lives.

3:49 PM  

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