Heartbroken, Ly’s parents tried to return to normal, daily life, but “normal” seemed further and further away as their baby grew. Ly could not feed herself. She couldn’t do the simplest of chores to help her family on their parcel of land. No doctor could help them. It seemed that no one could help. Ly despaired. In a culture that places a high value on honor given to parents, she felt worthless to her family. Depression and guilt cast an inescapable darkness around her.
As Ly reached her teenage years, her thoughts turned to suicide. In an attempt to end her misery, she made her way to the rice paddy and drank rat poison! Thankfully, she was discovered, taken to the hospital and saved.
Somehow in this desperation, the family heard about Orphan Voice’s Phu Ninh Therapy Center.
Hope pierced the family’s despair. Ly dared to think: “Maybe they can help me get better.”
At the Phu Ninh Therapy Center, Ly found caring therapists who gave her hope for the future. Thought faint at first, the spark grew and gave Ly the will to live and try again. She worked hard each day to improve.
The results in Ly’s life have been, what her parents call, miraculous. First, she gained the ability to feed herself without mishap. Her steadiness in walking improved; she learned to walk well. She eventually learned to feed and care for the family cow. From that, she graduated to learning to cook and clean the house. When she began to cook for her dad and brother at noon, it freed her mom to take outside work and make more money for the family.
Ly’s life has been transformed. The farmers’ lives have been transformed. The family is transformed! That transformation happened because Orphan Voice partners invested a little to make a big difference.
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