A Pot of Gold at Rainbow House
Twins Patrickson and Patricia were fatherless, and their mother had little to no money for food or adequate housing. What food she could scrape together was given to her daughter and the leftovers to her son, whom she despised. Social welfare intervened and removed the children from this disastrous environment.
The twins were accepted by Rainbow House, one of All Children’s projects in Haiti. It is an orphanage on 8 acres of land in the rugged hills above Port-Au-Prince. When Patrickson arrived at the age of two, he weighed only 17 pounds, half of what the average child weighs. He was acutely malnourished and could not walk or speak. The medical team and staff immediately put Patrickson on a special diet and carefully tended to him around the clock.
At first, it was touch and go but Patrickson responded quickly to the love and care he received. The following fall, he and his sister were able to attend a nearby preschool but new problems emerged. Patrickson was hyperactive, rebellious and often aggressive. He was dismissed from preschool and they tried again at another school with the same results.
The Rainbow House staff worked patiently with Patrickson. They recognized his feelings, responded firmly without anger and gave him the individual positive attention he craved. Today he is nothing like the little boy that arrived in 2015. He is doing exceptionally well in school now and often volunteers to help with the farm activities at the orphanage. Patrickson has found his “pot of gold” in the loving environment at Rainbow House.
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