Recently, we got a new family member at MRICRH. The other day, we drove off to a small village close to the northern borders of Thailand. Just inside one of the houses, a big family were sitting on the floor. Four women and two children. Even more people arrived as we entered the house. Words were exchanged, papers were signed, everybody seemed pleased. After both some formal and informal talk, we had to go again.
But we had one more passenger on the way back home. Khun Kwaang carried the youngest of the boys in her arms to the car, and placed him on her lap. He seemed so trustful. Not a single tear on his chin. Well, that was not until he understood what was actually happening. He cried and shouted mae, he reached his arms towards the window, trying to get hold on the woman he called mom. The crying and sobbing continued for a long time, it stopped only when he was too tired and fell asleep.
We arrived at the shelter, and he had started to trust Khun Kwaang a bit now. She had prepared some toys for him, but he was not interested in a single toy. He just wanted to keep close, he did not want to loose his grip around her. That was until one of the girls from the shelter came home from school. She and the other kids sat down on the floor, and suddenly he sat in her lap, like it was something he had done forever. A new friendship started in that moment.
For the rest of the evening, he wouldn’t let go of the girl, he even started calling her mae. At dinnertime, he calmed down when she was around. At showertime, he calmed down when she was around. The most amazing moment was at bedtime, when she went away to pick up her bed linens. He cried for mae the whole time, but when she arrived again, he calmed down and went to sleep in just seconds. Luckily, she is a girl with a big heart. How many teenagers do you know that would willingly give so much of themselves without getting anything in return?
Things are about to change here at the shelter. This little boy has come to stay with us. His parents are unable to take care of him, and the rest of his family is unwilling to take care of him. He is left with no one around him, like so many others in this area. It’s a great joy to have him here, but It’s also sad for him at the same time. We will do our best to give him all the love, nurture and support he needs, and I hope you can help us out a bit too. By pressing this
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