Elijah turned eleven years old this past June. He was found abandoned at the orphanage gate at five years old. On admission to the institute it was found that he suffered from cerebral palsy, was tested to have normal intelligence and was found to have weakened lower limbs. Although he tried, he could not walk, and he was given a wheelchair. He could speak both Mandarin and Cantonese fluently upon arriving to the institute. He showed his strong will, and integrated into the group life in the institute. At the age of 7 years, he liked to play games with peers and share the toys with other children. He is polite to others, and always smiles at strangers who visit the orphanage.
He has received physical therapy at the institute, and after great diligence and perseverance on Elijah’s part, he can now walk slowly while holding onto handrails (look at how proud he is of himself in the picture above!). In the institute, he is an obedient and sensible boy, and he is adored by the caretakers and medical staffs. The nannies and orphanage directors hope a family will chose him as he will make a wonderful addition to any family.
Elijah is on the shared list and can be adopted by a family or single woman working with any agency. Dillon International has a $1,000 grant toward his adoption should a family chose to adopt him through their program. For more information on Elijah please contact the Advocacy Team.