How Two Needles Found Each Other in a Haystack



Picture of child reunified with family in Myanmar
20Sep

Betrayed by My Parents

Marn Shel Nu and her son greeted me at the door. I didn't need a DNA test to see they were related. We removed our sandals, a Myanmar tradition, before entering their small wooden hut. After introducing myself, I asked Marn Shel Nu to tell me her story.

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Picture of reunified family in Myanmar
18Sep

Encouraging Progress!

"I remember saying, 'If we can get just 50 children back into families, I'll be satisfied.'" Joney Thawng Hup reflected as he and I reminisced over coffee and Oreos in Yangon, Myanmar about our first efforts to return orphanage kids to their families back in 2015.

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Family reunited in Myanmar
02May

Summer Break…Already!

Road trip! As you read this, 34 children from orphanages in Myanmar will be traveling back to their remote home villages to visit their families. During hot season (March through May), schools in this tropical Southeast Asian country shut their doors for their annual summer break. This provides our social workers with a window of opportunity to take the children with whom they are currently working out of the orphanages and into the rural villages they came from to visit their families.

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Picture of child forced to be in orphanage
17Jan

No One Tried to Help Us

“No one tried to help us,” lamented Khaw Leng Ting, a young mother who lives in rural Myanmar. Just a few months after joyfully giving birth to Mawia, her third child, tragedy struck—her husband died of malaria. Adding to that tragedy, her relatives didn’t offer her any support. Instead, they encouraged Khaw to send her children to an orphanage. After struggling for four years to keep her family together, Khaw felt she had no choice but to send her three children to a nearby orphanage in 2006.

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Picture of Hung Maung at Loknu Orphanage
05Oct

Presumed Dead

Hung Maung didn't know where his brother was, where his mother was, or even where he came from. Aside from being labeled an "orphan," the boy had no identity, value, or anyone who loved him. He was all alone and had no hope of finding his family—if he still had one.

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Therisa with family in Myanmar
27Dec

A Family for Christmas

Therisa was very excited and immediately said, “Yes!” when her uncle asked if she wanted to come and stay with him and his family during Christmas break. Therisa didn’t like living at the Jehovah Jireh orphanage in Myanmar. She had been living there since she was a toddler. With just a few caregivers responsible for 80 children, Therisa felt under-valued and unloved. Also, the orphanage wasn’t providing sufficient physical care for the children as many of the children had become malnourished.

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picture of child in myanmar with uncle and aunt, after being taken out of orphanage
18Oct

Radical Love

You love children. That’s probably why you're reading this right now. Well, it’s because of our God-given love for children that the Orphan’s Tear Ministry exists! We believe every child is unique and full of God-given potential, and we strive to protect vulnerable, impoverished children so that they can become all that He has intended for them to be.

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