Lerato was found in plastic bag on the side of the road. Propped up against the frame of an outhouse, passersby noticed the sounds and movements of a newborn baby. Looking inside the dirty bag, they found a perfectly precious little girl. Still wet from her delivery and with her umbilical cord still attached, Lerato was handed to a policeman who knew of a place that cared for children just like her.
By age five, Lerato was very social and outgoing. She wore nothing but pink and had a self-confidence that would put most grown women to shame.
Though her beginnings may have been broken, her future has been redeemed. Because of a few people who chose to do more than just watch and pass by, her life will be a testimony to the power of a single act of compassion.
In January of 2011, Lerato was adopted by a new mommy who loves her deeply.