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Working with Derlain

We are so thankful to have Whitney at GLA again!   

The wonderful thing about coming to volunteer at God’s Littlest Angels is that you never know in what way your talents will be utilized. You might even discover new talents you never knew you possessed! Whether helping with building projects at Fort Jacques, or cuddling babies on the balcony at the main house, there’s a place for everyone to help around here. When I first arrived at GLA three weeks ago, I was introduced to a 4 month old baby boy named Derlain. This little guy has a club foot and the joints of his arms & hands are very stiff. He had recently seen a local physical therapist who recommended daily exercises to help with these issues. Being an RN, I was happy to step in and work with this special boy. Every day (sometimes twice a day), I spend time up on the balcony working with Derlain. I massage his hands and help him hold soft toys to spread out his fingers. I gently stretch the joints in his elbows and shoulders to help give him more flexibility. Some of the stretches can be uncomfortable for him, but he is a fighter; we sing songs and make silly faces to get through the tough parts of therapy. It is and will continue to be a slow process, but I already see progress being made. Derlain is perfect just the way he is, but GLA wants this boy, and all the children here, to have every opportunity to be the most successful they can be in life. This is where volunteers have such a big impact. We have the unique opportunity to spend one-on-one time with our assigned children each day, forming bonds and trust with them. Each child has different developmental needs, and the volunteers step in to work with these children through play to help them grow. Watching the transformation in these little ones during my time here is the biggest blessing. Each child grows and changes during our time with them. To an outsider, their progress may seem small and insignificant, but to us, it is always extraordinary.

—Whitney Palmer

2 comments (Add your own)

1. Veronica wrote:
Whitney you are a true gift to all the children at GLA!! It was a great honor working with you for the short time we overlapped at GLA as volunteers! Welcome home and Good luck on your journey wherever it may take you next!

Thu, February 11, 2016 @ 12:31 PM

2. Cindy wrote:
I spent 3 hours with him. I want to sponsor him! He is just adorable

Sat, April 16, 2016 @ 10:01 AM

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