According to UNICEF, 120 million children around the world live on the streets, one in every five children, victims of abuse of all kinds. Their most elementary rights are compromised.
How do you explain these cruel destinies? The economic crisis, war, family factors are all causes. This extreme precariousness, however, is the object of a revolting indifference and leaves profound sequelae in the children. This environment is an obstacle to their development, but also has an impact on their education, health and self-esteem. Perceived as marginalized, they are witnesses to the disdain of society and are impregnated with this negativity that becomes violence. A double penalty for these children to the street.
On the one hand there are those marginalized who have vital needs; on the other, there are charitable souls who only want to help them. A good supper, a blanket ... it costs nothing, but for them it's a lot. Like what, there are no small gestures that can change lives. This is the case of two small homeless children in Pasco County, Florida. Reduced to poverty, the two toddlers lived with their addicted parents in the woods behind a church. Everyday survival hid their future far from promising until the day they crossed the path of two good Samaritans. The sequence of events is troubling ...
One day, a destiny
Cristal and Ronnie Stewart also lived in Pasco County, with their three children. They were such a beautiful family! Ronnie is a pastor in a church where Cristal volunteers. One day, as they left the church, the couple was stunned at the sight of two little boys, sickly, filthy, left to themselves in the midst of the trash. One of them was 2 years old and the other was only 7 months old. The two pieces of cabbage had nothing but a layer. Cristal and Ronnie, had their hearts cracked at the sight of these children so badly.
Crystal remembers with emotion the state of the boys when she and her husband found them: "They were covered with insect bites from head to toe. They were so dirty that they had to wash them twice. The younger man wore shoes on the skin. When his shoes were removed, a layer of skin peeled off. It was awful. It broke our hearts. "
Sensitive to the fate of these little blond heads with aborted destiny, the couple immediately felt compelled to help them. Ronnie went in search of their parents to ask if they allowed them to bring the children home, so they could offer them a warm night and a good meal.
It's the beginning of a great love story
For the first time in their lives, the little cherubs were entitled to a roof, a family affection, and a hot meal. The following day, the biological parents accompanied by a social worker went to meet the Stewart. Child custody was withdrawn, little boys risked ending up in a home, but it is not counting on the spirit of the Stewart, who willingly welcomes them to their homes, solution. The couple already has three children, but accepts without a hesitation.
For Ronnie and Cristal, the desire to have more children has always been present, but, ironically, just six weeks before this unexpected encounter, Cristal had learned that she could never have any more. Today, this adoption was a happy epilogue. For the past year, the little blond heads have been part of the Stewart family. With the support of other donors, the Stewart managed to collect, via Gofundme, four times the amount they needed to start the adoption process. Kirsten and Ronnie were finally destined to have more children. These angels were only a gift from heaven, adopting them was first a choice of life before being a good deed.