Bananas and Blessing
Every step brings joy to his mother’s heart!
I’d never bought 30 lbs of bananas, but was glad to pay 200.000 VND ($10.00) because the cause was good! Anh supports her family of four by leaving home at 7:00 each morning to go to the Tam Loc Mountain where she gathers bananas to sell. After gathering a load, she carefully straps the produce to her motorbike, slowly putters to the village and sells her “crop” as best she can. On a good day, she makes 40.000–60.000 VND (about 2-3 dollars). This is her life. Into that life, Tien came. He was beautiful and seemed normal. But as time passed, Anh noticed that he was not developing normally. The daily grind of earning money kept her from quick attention to Tien’s problem. Finally, an alarmed Anh took Tien to the Tam Ky Hospital where he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy–and given no hope for improvement. Refusing to accept that answer, Anh took Tien to the larger Danang City Hospital. Doctors there recommended that Anh take Tien to Orphan Voice’s Phu Ninh Therapy Center. And so, nearly six months ago, when Tien was 18 months old, Orphan Voice staff saw him for the first time.
In those early days, Tien could not sit up unaided, could not roll over, and of course, could not walk. He was a very weak, young boy.We are grateful! Within a month of beginning therapy (and eating lots of better-quality food at the Center), Tien rolled over. Then, he sat up! Now he walks on the walker! He exercises, and is gaining strength, mobility, and confidence.Anh is overjoyed. That’s why we were happy to buy all her bananas. We celebrated too!
Thank you, Orphan Voice partners! Each day, you provide therapy to special needs children–many of whom are severely disabled. Each day, you bring hope to the hopeless. Each day, you provide supplemental food to families that don’t have quite enough. Each day, you train parents in family finances, basic health principles and how to care for their special needs child. You do a lot– and there is eternal credit for you. Bless you!