Young British woman leaves everything and moves to Uganda to ADOPT a little boy she once cared for Young British woman leaves everything and moves to Uganda to ADOPT a little boy she once cared for
Life tends to write the best stories. Moreover, what is interesting is that the events that happen during life are usually unexpected; we tend... Young British woman leaves everything and moves to Uganda to ADOPT a little boy she once cared for

Life tends to write the best stories. Moreover, what is interesting is that the events that happen during life are usually unexpected; we tend to plan one thing, but life has another plan waiting for us—and in the end, we never know what lies ahead of the corner!

A couple of years back, when this brave young lady was just 22 years old, all she wanted to do was to travel the world. On a gap year, while working at an orphanage in Uganda, she suddenly found she was to take care of a newborn baby boy. Once back in the U.K., she missed him terribly, so she decided to take a great leap of faith.

After finishing university, Emilie Larter, now 25, decided to travel the world. She took a two-month volunteer stint at a children’s orphanage in Uganda. Her responsibilities included changing diapers, organizing feeds, and playing with children, which she enjoyed very much.

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She didn’t know that her life was about to change forever. On Sept. 15, 2014, the orphanage received a phone call saying that there was a newborn baby in desperate need. A woman had died in childbirth, leaving behind seven children. The youngest was a baby boy—he was just five days old. There was no one to take care of him, so he was handed over to the staff in the orphanage.

From the first time Emilie saw the boy, she felt love for him. “Swaddled in blankets, he looked so tiny and content, I fell in love,” she said, according to the Daily Record.

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The baby didn’t have a name, and Emilie named him Adam. She became his only caregiver, but that didn’t bother her.

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“He slept in a woven cot next to my bed and I was with him 24/7. The feeds, nappies and sleepless nights were all down to me, but it was no bother. I felt privileged to do it. I was a qualified primary school teacher, but it was the first time I’d looked after a newborn. I was on the phone to my mom asking advice all the time,” said Emilie.

Despite being just on voluntary work for an orphanage, Emilie became very engaged in her relationship with Adam.

She said, “It was stressful, but I loved it. I could sit and watch Adam for hours. I extended my stay for two months. He would cry if I wasn’t around and loved being held. Everyone told me to keep emotionally detached, but I’d grown as attached to him as he was to me.”

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There came a time that Emilie had to return home for her graduation. It wasn’t easy for her to leave Adam, but fortunately, she came back to Uganda and spent a further four months there.

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It wasn’t long until Emilie had run out of money and also had to go back because she was a bridesmaid at a wedding. The separation from Adam was torture for her.

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“A friend drove me to the airport and Adam came too. He had no idea what was going on and I had no clue when I’d be able to afford to see him again. I gave him a hug, but couldn’t bear to leave him. It was horrific,” said Emilie.

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Emilie found a full-time teaching job in London and could afford to visit Adam a few times a year. But this seemed to be not enough. “One day, back in London, I had a message saying Adam was really sick. I was thousands of miles away and desperate to comfort him and felt so helpless,” said Emilie. “I rang my dad in floods of tears and said, ‘I can’t keep doing this. I want to be over there with him.’”

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Emilie started to think seriously about adopting Adam. Emilie’s friends and family became supportive and positive about her decision once they saw that she was serious about it.

She got a job in Uganda at an international school in the area where Adam was living. She also got a little house and moved there with Adam.

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“Adam now lives with me. The joy he brings me every day is incredible. Not only does he make me smile every day, but I have heard nothing but good reports on how he has been doing at nursery school. Since I have been back, he is happy, cries less and has grown a lot,” Emilie said

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It looked that the list of unexpected events in Emilie’s life finally came to a happy ending, but that was not the case. Unfortunately, the school made cutbacks and Emilie lost her job.

She couldn’t find another similar job in Uganda as there were few propositions for her. In this situation, she couldn’t pay legal costs to complete Adam’s adoption.

She was devastated, but she didn’t lose hope. She started a crowdfunding initiative with a goal of raising £4,500. Her campaign was so successful that the financial goal was reached and even many times exceeded.

“The amount of support that I have received is absolutely overwhelming, and has put Adam and I many steps closer to being together forever,” she posted on her Facebook page.

Let’s hope that from now on, the only unexpected events in Emilie’s and Adam’s lives will be only positive.

Obinna Onyia

  • Monae

    2017-07-29 #1 Author

    That is to sweet and heartfelt

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  • Kaneesha

    2017-07-29 #2 Author

    She is a true blessing sent from God !

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  • Izaria

    2017-07-31 #3 Author

    She is a blessing god sent . The sweetest thing ever 💛

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