“I Don’t Know Who Will Help Me”
Hien’s mom died when she was two. Though he tried, her mentally handicapped father wasn’t up to the task of raising four children. Hien and her siblings were often alone and sometimes hungry.
Seeing that the children weren’t safe, government social workers took legal custody of them. They placed Hien in the village orphanage.
Vi and Grandmother Huong
Vi’s Certificate For Excellence At New Beginnings Awards Ceremony
“Grandma–I Won’t Stay With You Tonight”
Vi often spends the night with her Grandmother Huong, and like most grandmas, Huong loves that and always cooks Vi’s favorite foods.
Last month, Vi brought Huong tears of joy. How? She texted her grandmother in Vietnamese: “Grandma–I won’t stay with you tonight. I’ll go home with Mom.”
Why was that text so moving? Huong cried because since Vi’s early years, she thought that Vi wouldn’t be able to live normally. You see, Vi is deaf. And in the countryside, deaf children don’t attend school, don’t learn to sign, don’t learn to read or write or learn math. They don’t get good jobs later either.
Huong knew that Vi attended Orphan Voice’s New Beginnings School for the Deaf, but she didn’t know about the quality of her classes. When Vi texted her in perfect Vietnamese, though, she realized that New Beginnings is very much a school and that Vi is very much a student!
Because of you, Vi and her classmates are learning signing, math, writing, reading and character. She’s gaining skills that will make her an overcomer!
In its special needs outreaches, Orphan Voice provides deaf education, physical therapy, wheelchairs, and cleft lip/palate operations. But you make it happen.
To “keep it happening” for our special needs community, donate HERE or mail your support to Orphan Voice, P.O. Box 910410, Lexington, Kentucky 40591. Thank you!
New Beginnings Award Ceremony
Students celebrate a successful school year! Enjoy the smiling faces of students, parents, grandparents and teachers!
You enable Orphan Voice to feed the hungry. We recently discovered three siblings, from 8-15, living in their village whose mom lived 5 hours away in a larger city. The mom’s plan was to work in the city for several months, build up her savings, and then return to her children.
While she worked apart from her children, she returned home monthly to see them, bringing them a large bag of rice each trip. Trouble was, that bag wasn’t enough to last until she returned the next month and the children were reduced to asking neighbors for help when the food ran out.
When we visited, the children were eating only two meals per day. The oldest child plaintively said: “Please help me. They (his younger siblings) always ask for food and I don’t know what to do.”
In the end, we provided the children sufficient food until their mom could find work closer to home– which she did.
Mobility: Personal Energy Transportation Carts
Some physically handicapped men and women in the Vietnamese countryside don’t own a wheelchair. They depend on others to go from place to place– maybe a friend lifts them onto a motor bike and carries them or maybe they make “lifters’ with blocks of wood and carry themselves around with their hands.
Mobility is just as important to them as it is to us bi-peds!
Because of the generosity of Orphan Voice partners, 20 rural people now experience the mobility that we take for granted. Check these grateful ones out!
Orphan Voice’s special needs ministry consists of the Phu Ninh Therapy Center, transportation cart distribution as shown here, cleft palate and lip repair and deaf education. All happen because of your care and love! Thank you!