Stories from the Field – CAMA Orphan Project
by Mau Le
Alliance international worker with CAMA Vietnam
Ngoc contracted the HIV virus during childbirth. She never knew her father, who passed away from HIV-related causes when she was three months old. Ngoc and her mother live in an old storage shed on the corner of their extended family’s garden; meanwhile, Ngoc’s older sister, who is not HIV-positive, lives on the property with the relatives in their larger home. Sometimes Ngoc is envious of her sister because she’s healthy and lives happily with other family members.
Ngoc’s mother does farm work and other hard labor to earn a meager living for her and her daughter. But she is unable to hold a long-term job because of the wearing side effects from her HIV-medication. Everyone in Ngoc’s life is afraid to have close contact with her. She feels rejected and unloved, abandoned by her family and community, and often asks why people hate her and her mother. At school, teachers and students keep their distance from Ngoc. She wishes that her extended family and her sister would play with her.
Only Ngoc’s mother loves and nurtures her. But when her mom is too sick to care for either her daughter or herself, no one wants to help.
Today, Ngoc experiences love and care from CAMA staff. “I thank them for loving me, giving me a lot of hugs, praying for my and my mother’s health, and financially supporting me so I am able to continue school and have food to eat monthly,” she often tells us. “I pray that God continues to give me and my mother good health. I want to study medicine so I can help HIV patients.”
Stories from the Field highlight the ministries that the Women of the Alliance have chosen to support. For more info visit https://www.greatcommissionwomen.org/resource/more2/