Making A Family: South Windsor Teacher Adopts Haitian Siblings Including … – Hartford Courant

SOUTH WINDSOR — At the orphanage in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, where South Windsor junior Daniel Eddy and his sisters Edeline and Shelove lived, the electricity came and went.

On Barbara Eddy’s final night at the orphanage during a mission trip in 2010, the lights stayed on.

“You could never count on there being electricity, but there was electricity that night,” Eddy, a high school English teacher, said Saturday, remembering the night her life and the lives of the three siblings would change forever.

“Edeline came out and she threw her arm around me, and I started to cry, because there was electricity, and I could see her. In the dark, I was just looking at this girl, thinking, ‘Who would ever adopt teenage girls?’ In the light, she came out, threw her arms around me and I started to cry because I knew I was supposed to adopt [Daniel and his sisters].”

Eddy, who had visited the orphanage with her church, spent the next three years trying to adopt Daniel, Shelove and Edeline — three teenagers who had spent the previous decade in two orphanages in Haiti.

It was an exhaustive process that included three lawyers, countless hours and money, and the ultimate decision to add more three more children at the age of 51. But on Aug. 26, 2013, the four arrived in America together.

On Tuesday Daniel, a junior forward for the South Windsor boys soccer team, will play in a high school tournament game vs. No. 29 Norwalk.

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