Hope in a Ballet Shoe – by Michaela & Elaine DePrince

Growing up in war-torn Sierra Leone, Michaela DePrince witnesses atrocities no child ever should.  shoe loses her parents and, at the age of just four, is sent to an orphanage where she is labelled the ‘least favourite child’ because of a skin condition she was born with.


But there is hope: the Harmattan wind blows a magazine through the orphanage gates. Michaela picks it up to see a photograph of a young woman dancing. “One day,” she thinks, “I want to be this happy.”

And then the first good news arrives – an american family wants to adopt her…