Valerie is different than the other children at the children’s home. Her mother is a police woman and her father works onboard ships. We would think that a police woman would make enough to support a family but that is not entirely true in the Philippines.
Her mother has been very helpful with the children’s home especially when some of the sexual traffickers tried to befriend some of the children. Between her work and her husband’s work, they are not typical of the poor families that we help. However, because the husband is gone all but a week or two a year, sometimes her work and taking care of the children conflict so they come with the other children. It is a fair trade for the help that she has given when we have need of her profession.
Valerie is the second child in the family. She has an older brother that is quite proud and protective of her. I was invited to be what they call Ninong or Godfather as we would call it. In the Philippines they have several sets of godparents as a rule.
I was honored to accept and since then, have not only kept in touch, but also remember her with small gifts at different times like birthday, Christmas, etc.
She is growing into a wonderful little girl. When I am there next time, I hope to have some new pictures to share of her as well as the other children.