For Clovis…

Clovis was 17 when he died last year from complications of Sickle Cell.  He was a dear, precious boy that we met at the orphanage in 2012.  He captured our hearts with his quiet ways and tenderness. Clovis’ mother passed after the birth of his twin siblings, Stella and Sylvester.  He came to be at St Martin de Porres Mission Hospital Orphanage to help care for them and keep them connected to a family member.  We left an account for Clovis at the internet cafe so he could stay in touch with us throughout the year and he emailed us two days before he died.  We were so heartsick to learn of his passing.  When we returned this year to find his twin siblings gone from the orphanage…we felt compelled to track them down and make sure they were OK.  Clovis would want us to do that.  We discovered that they were in another orphanage, Harvest Children’s Home, a few villages away in Fundong.  The orphanage here at St Martin de Porres is one of the few that takes infants.  It is expensive to feed and care for an infant. And their policy is to send them back to their extended families when they can walk and eat real food.  These twins, Stella and Sylvester had no where to go, both parents gone, their siblings still too young to support them.  Not only did we find them healthy and well, but we discovered a wonderful Baptist Orphanage, Harvest Children’s Home, that took them in with open arms until they can hopefully be rejoined with their siblings.  It filled our cup to see them.


Clovis in 2014


Sylvester and Stella, now 4 yrs old at Harvest Children’s Home.







Emmanuel Ful, Director and Chaplain and Emmanuel Ngala, Manager of Harvest Children’s Home.


Carol with her babies.


11 comments on “For Clovis…

  1. Carol says:

    Such a special reunion with the twins, thank you God!

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  2. barb says:

    Clovis.. so sad, such a good looking boy.. …..happy, both siblings doing well, So great you and Carol, finding

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  3. Val Eason says:

    For all the clovises of that world my heart aches ……for Sylvester and Stella it sings xxx

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  4. Carlene nardi says:

    You can read the kindness from Clovis’s face. I am sorry for your loss, I know how that hurt your hearts. You know Clovis’s heart is rejoicing over your reunion. How amazing to be able to find his siblings. I know that could not have been easy. Don’t mess with determined women. Touché’. Your photos of the boys are so compelling. Their eyes draw you into their souls. Thank you from my ❤️to your❤️
    Happy Valentine’s Day. xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxox


  5. Carlene nardi says:

    Oops…Stella is a girl…sorry


  6. Jessie says:

    I know what Clovis meant to you two and I know he is smiling down upon all of you as you reconnect with the twins (: many blessings!! Spread that love all over the place!!


  7. terryhirst says:

    Thank you all for your comments. They really warm our hearts. Knowing that you are here with us in spirit makes this journey all the more purposeful.


    • Maureen Carr says:

      It tugs and touches my heart to see all the wonderful things you and Carol are doing. You are both an inspiration. You help make the world a better place:) Love to you both.


  8. keziarenee says:

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Carol ~ so much love there being expressed – having a temporary eye issue – not using the computer so much, and really miss being as immersed in your daily journey as I have been before –

    Just letting you know why I’ve been a bit more absent with my comments – but know I am with you in spirit and heart !

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  9. Jacqui says:

    What a sad story and now to see the twins thriving!! God Bless that orphanage for doing such amazing work- And God Bless to you and Carol!


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