When Junadel was born, her mother knew her baby girl would require special care. But Madeline accepted her daughter as a gift from God. "I was grateful after birth and even today that God has given me my little angel," Madeline says.
By age 4, Junadel still wasn't walking. So when Madeline heard that a church in their community in the Philippines would begin offering a child development program to support families in poverty, she registered Junadel. "The pastor said the church and Compassion wanted to help me and my family in raising my daughter," Madeline remembers. "He also said they would like to support us in strengthening our faith in the Lord."
But there was a challenge: This Compassion center and its staff were not yet equipped or professionally trained to help children with disabilities. Still, they registered Junadel and two other children with disabilities and immediately set out to ensure they could meet their unique needs.
Marie Rose, center director, worked with the mothers of the children with disabilities to find a local clinic that could offer physical and learning therapy for the children. They found a clinic that had well-trained therapists with expert knowledge that the center staff lacked. The Compassion center would support them by covering the costs.
"Madeline and the two other mothers did their part and enrolled their children in therapy," Marie Rose says. "We were moved by the mothers’ dedication, and so we supported them. Compassion paid for the therapy, and we helped them in any other way we could."
Not long after, Junadel began walking, albeit slowly, with tiny baby steps. The therapy center said Junadel’s fine and gross motor skills have developed, as well as her learning capability. Slowly, Junadel learned to pick up pieces of paper, crumple them and even write her name.
Junadel’s sponsor in the U.S. was very supportive in her letters and was happy to know that Junadel goes to church and can now walk. Junadel has even memorized her first Bible verse!
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