He looks up with shy eyes, speaking softly-- but speaking.
Three years ago, Olsen came to House of Hope as a malnourished two-year-old, with scabies, parasites, and no indication that he could formulate a word. In light of Haiti’s 300,000 orphans, House of Hope provides children with a safe place to call home and an attention to their most basic, human needs. When Olsen arrived, he was immediately immersed in a world he had never before experienced. Transformation ignited through access to familial community, education, and nutrition. Olsen grew from having no energy to being able to keep up in playing alongside the other children; he changed form being worn by a sad demeanor to wearing an endearing smile.
Though shy at first, Olsen warms up quickly by grasping an outstretched hand or snuggling sweetly into any empty lap. He began speaking only one year ago, but now proudly shares that he eats all his meals "on time" and gets to attend school, where he is learning to write his ABC's.
His quiet words emerge more and more definitively as he speaks about his biological brother, Oldjiny, who also lives at House of Hope. Olsen adores Oldjiny, and is constantly by his side. He says that he loves playing soccer with his brother, and feels taken care of when by his side. The other six children at House of Hope are like older siblings to Olsen now, too. He follows their every move, and will undoubtedly latch onto the way they seek to serve Haiti as he grows.
In three years at House of Hope, Olsen has grown –– from silent to resounding, from apathetic to attentive, from neglected to loved, and from detached to engaged –– always with his his joyful grin.
What could it look like for you to engage in giving differently this Christmas? House of Hope loves transforming lives, like Olsen’s, by providing kids with a safe home, health, education, and family. This holiday, give the gift of life transformation for Olsen and his siblings at House of Hope.