Thank you to everyone involved in helping me reunite with Salomon Klein Orphanage. For those who do not know me, my name is Marc Conrad; I was born in July, 1996 and adopted from Salomon Klein the following year around May-June 1997.
First of all, I’m amazed of the power of Facebook. Until recently, a life goal of mine was to make contact with Salomon Klein because for someone who is adopted, it’s natural to wonder about where you’re from. But it wasn’t until a routine Internet search this past October that I found “Friends of the Salomon Klein”. In the following weeks during December, I sent emails to Richard Elliot containing photos of my life to Friends of SK. Later on in early January this year, Richard and Melinda traveled to Cochabamba, Bolivia and while there, they delivered a photo collage of me to SK. I am now able to say everyone at Salomon Klein has a part of me to cherish.
As I write this biography, I think of two groups of people; everyone back at Salomon Klein and my family. Since completing high school, my family and friends have significantly helped along the way; for which I am grateful. At the same time, I also ponder the many children back home that have nearly been forgotten but afforded a second chance at life.
As I saw in my adoption VHS tape recently, the reaction of my parents holding me is one I’ll never forget; I instantly saw their flood of love for me. In return, my eyes became clouded with tears of jubilation.
Life is challenging; however, as long as I am with the right people, I know I’ll do fine.