My name is Autumn Buzzell and I live and work in Ghana, West Africa with City of Refuge Ministries. Here, I run our school, Faith Roots International Academy, and get to be a part in rescuing and the healing of children who have been trafficked into the fishing trade, orphaned, abandoned, and those who just need a little extra loving. What an amazing gift this life is!

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Monday, February 21, 2011

Monday Post- Meet Valentina

It's been awhile since I've talked about one of our kiddos, but today, I wanted to introduce you to Valentina.

Valentina just turned 13 (on Valentine's Day--hence Valentina). She is a hard-working girl who loves to be in the kitchen with the staff girls.

Valentina is a pretty responsible girl. She always does her homework and she even helps out with taking care of Portia, one of the younger kids in our center.

Valentina is a bit of a perfectionist when it comes to her grades at school. She works really hard on her spelling words every week. Though she is still struggling with comprehension, she is showing more and more improvement in her reading skills and I love it when she finally understands something because she gets so excited! She really excels in math and understands those concepts much easier than any other subject.

Valentina loves to "be in charge" which can sometimes be a really positive thing and other times, can be a problem. She is a very capable young lady, and I think that is what plays into her in charge attitude.

Valentina loves to laugh with and goof around with Grace in particular. She loves to make jokes and sometimes, when you get her laughing, it's hard to make her stop.

She is definitely in the pre-teen years and her moods fluctuate like crazy at times. She can be happy and up one minute, and angry and frustrated the next minute. You never know which minute you'll run into her!

Valentina is a very good runner. She's tall, so she has these incredibly long legs. If she trained more, she'd probably make a great long distance runner! She can definitely keep up with the boys when it comes to soccer and running.

All in all, Valentina is a talented and passionate person! It's fun to have her around.

Here's a picture of Valentina (though since facebook started posting the pictures a little differently, I hope that it comes through for you!)


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