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From Rod's journal

Rod is a man who has taken it upon himself to help a 13-year-old Ethiopian street child. He has been working for months to rescue him from Addis Ababa and bring him to Albania. Presently he is struggling with gaining additional entrance visas, changing airplane tickets, and dealing with other delays. Rod has asked that we journalers write about his work to raise awareness. He believes that if a great many people know of Alex's plight this "press" will help save him from the streets. Rod writes:

Alex ~ Road to Freedom is about a 13 year old Ethiopian Street Child who has been rescued from the streets of Addis Ababa. His life expectancy was low, perhaps another 12 months when he was taken in by our family who made the commitment to adopt him. It is not a glamorous thing. Alex is not a baby, he is not 'cute', he has a scar on his face and has lived a rough life. He has emotional and psychological scars that will take time to heal and be repaired.

Two weeks ago the adoption was legally finalized and Alex celebrated his first ever birthday. In 13 years he NEVER had a birthday. Now he does! A happy ending? Well not yet!

Read Rod's blog to get the updates on his struggle and to help where you can.

Above - May 20th - Day of the Orphan in Albania ~ ironic. Celebrating Albanians orphans.


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May. 24th, 2007 09:57 pm (UTC)
I've looked thru several pages of Rod's blog, but I'm still confused about the Albanian connection...? Why Albania? Is Rod Albanian? It seems like an unnecessary complication, but I'm sure I'm missing something.
May. 24th, 2007 10:13 pm (UTC)
I believe Rod lives and works there now. I do not know why! Perhaps I'll ask him.
May. 25th, 2007 04:39 pm (UTC)
Why Albania.......
Well that is a good question. I am the Director of Curriculum and Academic Affairs at a large International school company. It happens to be Turkish and owns over 15 schools in Albania. One is the International School where I am based. I am originally from the UK and have worked in international schools for more than 25 years.

So why Albania?????? Well my last two schools were in Taiwan and then Ethiopia and I decided it was time to rejoin 'my world' and the European connection. So now I am here and hoping to stay for about 5 - 10 years - especially if Alex ever manages to get into Albania! Otherwise I have to start looking again for other places.

Hope that clarifies the situation!
May. 26th, 2007 06:45 pm (UTC)
Thank you for the information
Dear Judith and friends, I do not know what to say to you at all. I know that both MoneyGram and Western Union are all over Tirana ~ I send Alex all his money via Western Union. In fact the Western Union office is just 5 minutes from where I live and I believe has the same transfer fees.

I would rather not put my full name on the web for privacy reasons and also because this is 'about' Alex and not me. But I will send the information to those that would like to contact me directly.

Please eMail me at the following eMail address and I will send to you the information immediately.

I thank you SO much. each of those who are considering this.

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