Birthday: 11 October 2012
Maryline was the first child brought to BOA . She arrived one month after we officially opened our doors. Marlene is the first born of the BOA girls in the family and also ironically the youngest. She was four years old when she was placed with us by an IBESR social worker in September 2017. She was living on the streets on the edge of one of the poorest and most violent slums, cite soliel. A Local social worker found her, investigated and removed her from the situation she was brought immediately to us while IBESR did a more thorough investigation into her story. We had a big empty house ready to receive whoever God would bring us, and he brought us a firecracker. Even though she was a bit intimidated by her new surroundings and put up a strong front , she didn’t let on, a technique that I’m sure helped her survive when-she was on her own living on the streets of Port au Prince. She was more comfortable with our daughter Mitchella in the beginning, unsure of who these pale funny talking people were. We were in immediately smitten, something she could pick up and used to her full advantage then, and still does today. It didn’t take long for us to win her over. She needed to be taught everything, from how to use the indoor toilet and how to brush her teeth and how to eat with utensils correctly. We had to teach her that food would come every day, not just once a day and that she didn’t have to hide the things we gave her, no one would take them from her.
Maryline will be turning 7 on Oct 9th and of course she too wants a doll for her birthday, because that’s what all her bigger sisters want. She loves children’s church and love to sing way to loud. She is awesome on the scooter and spends a lot of her spare time tearing around the yard or annoying our dogs. We love this little kid so much, she certainly helps keep us young.