In a world, we are losing hope in humanity with every passing day. This inspiring story of a woman, who saves the lives of abandoned babies will leave you hopeful. While sharing her inspiring story with HOB, this brave soul mentioned:
“When a foster centre found a baby boy abandoned on the streets, they called me at midnight, asking if I would take him in. I was supposed to have him only for that night, but after seeing his injuries, I requested to foster him until he healed. I worked 24/7 to mend his wounds– the center and I got a skin graft done for him and nursed him back to health after the surgery.
But, she further added how it wasn’t her first time to foster a child. How her inner desire to nurture and support the vulnerable kids led her to register herself at the Family Services Center.
It wasn’t the first time I had fostered a child. My husband and I always wanted to adopt– but the timing was never right. We either got busy raising our 3 kids or taking care of our parents. So after the kids moved out, I researched all about it. 2 years later, I finally managed to register myself at the Family Services Center foster home and within a month, I fostered my first baby– a 2 month old girl.
I fell in love with her instantly– my husband and I bathed and fed her, and took her everywhere, from birthdays to weddings! After 2 months we had to let her go when she got adopted. I was happy she’d found a home but when I started putting her toys away, the memories came flooding back.
After she bid goodbye to her first foster baby, she realized how she has to be okay with the feeling of letting go.
I cried for a week after she left– I learnt the hard way that fostering meant I had to be okay with letting go. With that thought, I kept going and in the last 5 years, I’ve fostered 13 babies. It still isn’t easy, but the memories they leave behind make it a little better.
The baby I’m currently fostering is a colic baby– when I took him in, his stomach pain was so bad that my neighbors would hear his screams and come check in. I’d be up all night taking care of him– seeing him howl like that broke my heart. I tried every remedy– from homeopathy to stomach rubs, I even ordered a special swing for him from the US. With time, the pain finally subsided– he’s been with me for 8 months!
She further adds how her family – her husband, kids, and even, her granddaughters – support her in this beautiful initiative:
My family has been my backbone through it all– my husband and I take them for walks in the evening, my children drive me to the hospital for immunization shots, and my family in the US bring toys when they visit. And whenever my granddaughters find out that a child is leaving, they say, ‘Nani, when are you bringing another baby home?’
People always tell me how lucky my foster children are, but I tell them that we’re the lucky ones. They’re my babies, and it’s my duty to care for them.”
At IFORHER, we are in awe of this inspiring woman and her family, who are restoring our faith in humanity. We believe these are the real heroes whom our society needs to celebrate more often.
We hope their inspiring story would encourage many more families to come forward and contribute to helping underprivileged kids.