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.”
*Name changed

 

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Stories from the Field CAMA Orphan Project

When Thanh was eight years old, her father died, leaving behind his wife, three young children, and his 68-year-old mother, who is blind.

Thanh’s family is severely impoverished, so her mother left for Ha Noi city to find work just after his death. She has never returned to visit her children.

Since then, Thanh has had the responsibility of looking after her grandmother and younger twin siblings. After school, she does all of the household chores. To earn a living for the family, Thanh takes on a variety of jobs, including babysitting, harvesting farm vegetables, and fetching river water for other people’s homes.

Thanh is thankful to CAMA for supporting her and her younger sister, Linh, with school tuition and rice so that they can continue school. Now a senior, Thanh hopes to pass a college-entrance exam in summer 2018. She wants to become a teacher and return to her village to teach disadvantaged children like herself.

by Mau Le, Alliance International Worker with CAMA Vietnam

 

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/

Stories from the Field: Crisis Pregnancy Center Eastern Europe

Gloria

Our shelter director, Maddie, received a phone call last month from a woman who works outside of our city assisting females in crisis. “I don’t know the culture of migrant women, or how to help them,” she told Maddie. “But there’s a migrant lady here in great need. I’ve heard of your ministry to women like her; can you come and help?”

So Maddie went to meet “Gloria,” whose situation encapsulates the reason we are starting our Crisis Pregnancy Shelter.

At age 14, Gloria was given to a man in marriage in her home country—she was her husband’s fourth wife. He brought her to our city, and then abandoned her, leaving her pregnant and alone. When her baby was born, she was taken to an orphanage because Gloria had no means to care for her.

God brought some local believers into Gloria’s life who helped her find housing. They also assisted her in obtaining legal custody of her daughter, who was a toddler at the time. But when Maddie met with Gloria, this young mom still had no resources, little grasp of the local language, and no means to support herself. She was also pregnant again and deeply concerned that her unborn child might also be placed in an orphanage—not a safe option in this case.

Maddie showered Gloria with hope and love, providing her warm clothing, a listening ear, understanding from years of experience with women in similar situations, and the good news. The young mom heard all of this for the first time in her heart language and was overwhelmed. Although she was resistant to the idea of needing a Savior, Gloria begged Maddie to keep visiting her. She then asked the circle of local believers to tell her more about their faith.

Our women’s shelter team interceded for Maddie during her visit with Gloria. When she returned, they got to work, gathering more items that Gloria needed: a stroller, a used phone, baby clothes, and manicure tools, the latter of which Gloria hopes to use to earn an income.

But Gloria’s most urgent need—safe housing where she can continue to learn and receive support—isn’t something we can offer yet. We hope we can soon! In the meantime, we are helping Gloria as much as we can, including talking with her about her options. We will continue connecting with and supporting Gloria and her little family, always pointing them to our only true hope—Jesus.

 

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/

Stories from the Field – Silver Lining Orphanage Xiao

My name is Xiao Yu and in 2011, when I was 12 years old, I arrived at the orphanage in Da Hua, China. I come from a very small village where I lived with my three younger siblings, parents, and grandpa.

Growing up we did not have electricity and our main source of income was acquired from selling vegetables. As a child I didn’t know we were poor because we were a happy family. Everything changed when my dad suddenly passed away when I was 9. I didn’t have much time to grieve because all the farm work had to be done by my brother and I. We would always cry while working and when my mom saw us, she would come hug us and then we would all cry together. I envied others who had a father because their farm work would be done much quicker.

While other families were taking breaks with their work, my brother and I would still have half of the farm field left. My mom remarried shortly after and abandoned the four of us.

I understand why she left. Our home was too poor and she had been through a rough time.

I just hope she’s happy and that her husband treats her well. Things got worse after that because I had to wake up much earlier than before to find wild vegetables and feed pigs before taking my siblings to school. My brother was 7, my sister was 3 and my youngest brother was only a couple months old. Before waking them up I would cry alone because I was so tired but I kept telling myself that as the oldest sister I should carry the burden alone.

I think my hard work paid off because when I was 12, aunties and uncles from Silver Lining brought me to the orphanage in Da Hua. It was crazy how technologically advanced city-life was and life at Silver Lining was so much better because the aunties would cook for me and even help me with my schoolwork. The hardest part for me though was being away from my siblings. I missed them so much and was so happy when they arrived at Silver Lining a year later!

Fast-forward 6 years and I’m now a senior in high school preparing to be the first person from my family’s history to attend a university. My dream is to go back to Silver Lining in the future so that uncle and aunty Yeung can go to other places to help children in need.

 

by Joshua Yeung, International worker with Silver Lining

 

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/