This good-looking young man is Alex. Alex was adopted into our family when he was nine years old. He just celebrated his twenty-sixth birthday.
As you can see from the photo, Alex is blind. It is not uncommon for some children in the Philippines to be born blind. This is thought to be because their mothers do not receive enough vitamin A when they are pregnant.
Alex was "found" when he was just five months old. He, along with his brother, had been abandoned and left on the street. His brother was doing his best to care for Alex. A woman named Norma saw Alex and his brother from her kitchen window. She had compassion for them and took them to a government run orphanage. Alex lived there until he came to live with us.
Alex loves music!! When he came he astounded us by playing tunes on the piano. According to the music teachers we've hired to teach Alex over the years, he is blessed with perfect pitch. Because Alex is blind, he learns to play by ear. Also, having a photographic memory doesn't hurt!
Check out Alex playing Hey, Jude.