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Tía Michell's Little Helper

Our newest little girl likes to help around the baby house.
November 14, 2016 - Bolivia

Tía Michell helps Melinda wash her apple.

“She is a very affectionate girl who likes to help out around Divino Niño, the baby house,” Tía Michelle proudly stated.

Melinda*, our most recent arrival, is only 3 years old. She arrived at Casa Padre Wasson in April. Her older sister Marta* has been with us since 2013 and is currently in the Estrellas de Belén house.

“Melinda came to us because of social risk,” Social Worker Claudia explained. “She was suffering from malnutrition when her mother brought her to a hospital in a nearby city, and then she never returned for her. Melinda was sent to a rehabilitation, then a care center for malnourished children, and then the child protection services transferred her to NPH because her older sister was already with us.”

“Melinda is very shy around people she doesn’t know, but once she knows them she’s all smiles and affectionate,” Tía Michell continued. “She has adapted to the Divino Niño house, but not to Casa Padre Wasson as a whole. She always holds the caregivers’ hands and walks alongside us when we go on walks outside.”

“She likes to sing to herself,” Norma, one of our year-of-service youths, added. “If she’s alone or in bed at night, she’ll sing before she falls asleep.”

“That’s why she’s the last to fall asleep!” Tía Michell laughed. “She is also very picky with her food. She doesn’t like potatoes, watermelon, or salad. That’s why she’s also the last to finish eating, but fortunately she loves rice!”

Although Melinda is only 3 years old, she is active and helpful around the house.

“She has very good coordination. She bathes and dresses herself all on her own. She also likes to help us tías with washing and folding clothes, cleaning and organizing the house,” Tía Michell added.

“Her best friend in the house is Marvens* because they’re almost the same age. Melinda doesn’t speak clearly yet, but she likes to speak with our youngest, Miche*, who is only a year old. She babbles at him, and he babbles back. It’s very sweet,” Norma said.

*Names changed for privacy.

Karl Groneman   
Communication Officer

You may be only one person in the world, but you may be all the world to one child.
—Fr. William Wasson




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