Elizabeth Montgomery

Department of Health Education
College of Health and Human Performance

Traditional embroidered men's hat from Kazakhstan


Story of the block

Little did I know that when I signed up for a masters class in global decision making at East Carolina University it would change my life forever. As a result of a research project for that class, I decided to trek half way around the globe to adopt my adorable son from an orphanage in Rudny, Kazakhstan. After a year of paper chasing and securing enough loans, I began my in-country/Kazakhstan adventure in March of 2004. I spent 52 hours in transit, but it was worth the wait to finally meet the little boy I had been looking at through pictures for over a year.

When I first met him, he without any hesitation took my hand and gave me the tour of his world. It consisted of a coat/clothes room, a room for learning, eating and playing, a bathroom and a bedroom that contained 20 small beds for each child in his group. I spent the next 14 days going to his orphanage and visiting with him each day; getting to know more about him and allowing him time to learn to trust me.