Celebrating Growth

Mar 30, 2017

Steph Duff

Ricky, a 23-year old who has lived at Rancho since June of 2006, is unable to speak or see. He can understand when others are talking to him, and responds with motions and small noises.

Ricky, along with others at Rancho, receives regular time with both physical and speech therapists and as a result, the staff see a change.

“Ricky can now get around the house on his own. As he works with the therapist, walking into different rooms, he knows where he is specifically now,” says Ramon Balderrama, Back2Back staff.

Recently, while in speech therapy, Ricky made memorable progress no one was expecting. He spoke his first word. While working with his therapist, Ricky said “mama.”

Celebrating these milestones with the children at Rancho de los Niño’s is a privilege the Back2Back staff enjoy sharing with you. Without your belief in each child and your generous deposits into their stories, joyful growth like this would not be possible.

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Steph Duff is a writer, daughter, sister, and really loud laugher. By day she lends her voice on behalf of orphaned and vulnerable children with Back2Back Ministries. By night she is readily found with her nose in a book and spending time with her dachshund, Addy. At all hours, she can be found consuming copious amounts of coffee. She feels most herself in the heat of India and prefers her mugs big, her books long, and her words intentional.

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