One day last year (2015) in the Philippine school holidays a little boy followed a group of us to the beach. It was scorching hot and he had no shoes and cut bleeding feet. Jerry was so tiny and cute I thought he must have been 4 or 5 years old. My heart melted as the other kids told me his mother was dead, his father semi-paralysed by a stroke and his siblings scattered all over the country. The home and all their belongings, including his pets had been destroyed in the typhoon. Within 7 days I had got him a birth certificate, bought him clothes, shoes and toys and put him back in school. That’s when he asked me if he could live with me. Of course I said no.
Almost two years have passed since that day and Jerry now lives with me full-time and I am investigating how to legally adopt him as his father died on August 29th, 2016.
At times I feel like I am always ‘Finding Jerry’, he loves to play hidies or run away in the market. Jerry is eight years old and we are a family of sorts and this page is where Jerry’s story will unfold.
Keep calling back as I add content.
Update: Crowdfunding for Jerry
I spent 2.5 months in Australia (November 2016 to January 2017) working and raising money to adopt Jerry. Even though our crowdfunding campaign has ended I encourage you to visit the site to read more about our story. If you would like to make a donation please use the links here. Thank you for your love and support. Mel and Jerry xxx.
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