Chika Jeune was born three days before the devastating earthquake that decimated Haiti in 2010. When her mother died giving birth to a baby brother, Chika was brought to The Have Faith Haiti Orphanage that Albom and his wife (Janine) operate in Port Au Prince. At age five, Chika is diagnosed with something a doctor there says, “No one in Haiti can help you with.” Mitch and Janine bring Chika to Detroit, hopeful that American medical care can soon return her to her homeland. Instead, Chika becomes a permanent part of their lives as they embark on a two-year, around-the-world journey to find a cure. As Chika’s boundless optimism and humor teach Mitch the joys of caring for a child, he learns that a relationship built on love, no matter what blows it takes, can never be lost.
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