Wednesday, February 14, 2007

Beyond THE FUTURE: The Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies (OSAAB)

I recently read about Claudia Janiszewski in a local magazine. Her story captures so eloquently not only the power of one person to make a difference but the immense impact of love when it reaches out simply because we’re human and to help each other is the right thing to do.

Claudia founded the Denver-based non-profit Organization for the Support of Albania’s Abandoned Babies (OSAAB) in the late 1990s. Her story truly is phenomenal, as is she. Because of her refusal to turn away from others in desperate need and her determination to stick with a very difficult project through years of discouragement, babies are no longer neglected and left to deteriorate in the former Abandoned Babies Ward (now renamed The Angel’s Cradle) of a maternity hospital in Tirana, Albania. Instead, they are fed, cleaned, cared for, held, and nurtured as all babies should be.

During the 1999 Kosovo refugee crisis, then-tiny OSAAB was the sole humanitarian agency prepared to help the many women who arrived at the two maternity hospitals in Tirana about to give birth or with newborn babies in need of care. I can’t help but think that Janiszewski’s inspiration to establish OSAAB when she did was an instance of divine intervention. And from reading her very personal accounts of the humble beginnings of her organization, I have a feeling she sometimes feels the same way. How can one person make a difference in such a world as ours? Read the history of OSAAB and find out. Then go hug a baby (or the closest human being you can find who’s agreeable to a hug). We’re all in this together, and stories like this one serve as handy reminders of that fact.


Blogger Matt said...

Thank you for brining this to our attention, and beautiful photograph.

We all need people like you, who share this knowledge. Thanks again. :)

7:11 AM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

You're welcome, Matt! Seems we're both on the same wavelength as far as the need to highlight such people and organizations. I feel it's the least I can do. K.

9:46 AM  
Blogger gerry rosser said...

It's much easier to feel that I can't make a difference. Thank you for this post.

4:05 AM  
Blogger Sustenance Scout said...

My pleasure, Gerry. And you're right; it is much easier to decide individually we can't do much and to simply look the other way. K.

6:11 AM  
Anonymous Terri said...

I enjoyed your post. Our family adopted one of the babies that was born at the hospital where Claudia worked. She was generous in sharing her memories of our daughter.

7:15 PM  

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