Thue’s Story

I would like for you to meet Thue.  Thue is eight years old and she lives at Promise House.  Her story is similar to so many orphans here in Vietnam.  She is the youngest of four children, with no father present in the home.  Her mother was forced by her extreme poverty to bring Thue to live at Promise House in February of 2010.  In many other aspects she is no different than any other little girl.  Thue enjoys school and playing with her friends at the orphanage.  She is very smart and a bit shy.  She has a caring nature and seems to be concerned for other’s well being.

Thue was born with a cleft lip and palate.  When she was five she had the first part of the operation to correct the problem, but unfortunately it was never finished. In school she was having trouble, because her speech was so impeded the teachers couldn’t understand her. Through Orphan Voice, she has a chance to have this corrected and finish the surgery need to complete the process.

On July 22 she underwent the remaining part of surgery at a hospital in Hue.  The surgery was a success, with Thue speaking more clearly within a few days.  She will also have  need to have speech therapy to continue to improve her speech.  Thue is on the path to a complete recovery  All this was made possible through donations to Orphan Voice.  The work here can seem daunting and never ending at times, but it is a successful story like this that makes it all worthwhile.  Knowing that Thue will grow to have a life that she may not have thought possible is very rewarding.  Thank you for being a part of such a special little life.

 

Micro-Enterprise: Pig Farm

As a way to keep children out of orphanages, Orphan Voice works with selected families to help them make more money. Since the typical family that we work with makes less than 50 USD per month, making more money is a pressing need. It also reduces their dependency on others for a handout and gives them more self-respect. But the rural poor lack education and skills.  Nevertheless, with extra help, some families are successful. As one of our partners said about our micro-enterprise efforts: “Orphan Voice is teaching the poor to fish rather than just giving them a fish.”

True. But in the picture, below, we actually are helping the poor “raise a pig” rather than catch a fish! Several months ago, Orphan Voice purchased a pregnant sow for a poor, rural family. Here was our deal with them: “We will give you the sow and help you with feed for your first litter of pigs. In return, when you have a litter of pigs, find a non-relative, poor neighbor and give them a pig–to bless them.”

And that has happened! Below, the first beneficiary feeds gives a pig to a poor neighbor.  She is “paying it forward.” They love being able to help one anther.

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Children in Need

Knowing of Orphan Voice’s FAMILY PRESERVATION PROGRAM, local officials introduced Orphan Voice to these two families yesterday.   We are still gathering information, but know basic facts now.  The first child, Binh, went for a vaccination two years ago, but there was a terrible reaction.  This precious child was left paralyzed in most of her body and has multiple seizures daily.   Orphan Voice will pray for God’s intervention, deliver supplemental food to the family each month and look into ways to better control her seizures.

The second child, Oanh, is one year old and  has serious problems with two of the valves in her heart.  Orphan Voice can obtain a needed corrective surgery locally.  Please consider making a donation to Orphan Voice to help cover the cost of her medical needs.

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Human Trafficking

Research indicates that a new pornographic video is produced in the United States every 39 seconds. In the same vein, the worst of men sell 10-14 year old girls for 4,000.00-5,000.00 per encounter–and except for God’s redeeming ability, thus destroy a life. Senators Orrin Hatch, a republican, and Mike McIwntyre, a democrat, have co-sponsored a letter requesting Attorney General Eric Holder to redouble efforts to prosecute pornography purveyors. This is something we all agree on. Will you contact your senator and ask for his support of the Hatch-McIntyre effort?

In Vietnam, Orphan Voice operate Victory House, in part to protect young, vulnerable girls who have aged out of orphanages from falling prey to such men as are described above. Although a small start, five girls are housed, fed, and taken care of medically while they attend Orphan Voice-provided college or vocational education classes. In this way, they will have a good start in life. Thank you for supporting such efforts.

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Let’s Get Out of Ourselves!

I was blessed yesterday to spend the day with 45 poor Vietnamese families, all of whom struggle to care for their severe special needs children with no government assistance.  Upon arriving at home and checking AOL news, I learned that an American professional athlete feels that he works in a slave labor system.  The athlete will be paid  $1.36 for every breath that he takes in 2011; most of these Vietnamese families will make only $1.36 per day in 2011, yet I heard no complaining.  Our perspective is warped.  What do you think?  Please comment below or on Orphan Voice’s Facebook page.

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