After arriving safely in Myanmar, one of our first stops was to Rhema Childcare Center in Yangon.
As I sat talking to the director, That Ci, two of the world’s cutest little girls entered the room. Laing and Lily Thang came to Rhema a few years ago because their parents were too poor to care for them. When the girls first arrived at Rhema, That Ci recalled, they were very thin and malnourished. At that time he asked Laing and Lily if they wished to return to their parents. The sisters emphatically shook their heads No.
I asked the girls if they missed their parents. Their answer was, “Yes…very much.” That Ci went on to explain to me that if their parents had enough food to eat they would want to return to their families. They just didn’t want to go hungry again. This confirmed to me once more that we need to help poor parents care for their own children.
Orphan’s Tear doesn’t want orphanages to be the default solution for desperate parents who can’t afford to feed their children. Children shouldn’t have to be separated from good parents because of poverty. That is why we are working alongside That Ci to find ways to improve the economic situations of the parents of Rhema’s children so that they can be reunited with their families.
Please pray that Laing and Lily can return to their parents very soon.
For the children,
Below are a few more photos of children from Rhema. If you like them, be sure to leave me a comment on the blog to encourage my husband, Jody, in his photography skills!