This is a school 'bus' that the children take to school each day. They attend a Christian school about 2 miles away from home.
This is 'Boo Boo' (Her nick name). She is eight years old and is in the 2nd grade. She is our youngest girl. Boo Boo enjoys playing jacks, hoola hoops and playing with the other girls. Boo boo's mother came from the Lahu tribe in north Thailand. Both parents were drug addicts and HIV positive. Boo boo was abandaned by her parents. Authorities could not contact the parents oversince and presumed to be deceased. Boo boo was placed at the government orphanage when she was barely 2 years old.
May Sah is eleven years old and in the fifth grade. She loves to sing. One can hear May Sah singing early in the morning. While she is happy most of the time, she has some anger issue that we are helping her through the grace of God. Her mother died 5 years ago due to AIDs. There was no record of her father.
'Aim' is fourteen but is still in the fifth grade. She started school late due to lack of opportunity. Her mother is from Mhong tribe, who has HIV and due to poverty could not care for Aim and her sister, Nan. Her father passed away seven years ago.
'Sum Lee' is our sixteen year old teenager at our children's center. She lost one eye at a young age due to the HIV virus. She is still in the fifth grade. We are getting help to take care of her eyesight. We had a lot of trouble with Sum Lee at first. She did not want to leave the government orphanage, the only the familiar surrounding that she had known. But thank God that she has a change of heart and has a brighter attitude adjusting to a new life at the children center. Sum Lee lost her mother due to the AIDS virus when she was an infant. Her father was not available to care for her and could not be found. Any living reletives could not care for her because of her HIV infections and gave her up to the government orphanage
'Ying' is ten years old and in the fourth grade. She wants to be a doctor when she grows up. Like the other girls, she also has a sad beginning. A neighbor placed her at the government orphanage because there was no one to care for her. Her father who was convicted due to drug related charges, passed away while incarcirated. Her mother had HIV and assumed deceased at present time.
'Nan' is ten years old and is in the fifth grade. She enjoys reading and singing. Even though her parents are gone from her life, she is happy to have her oler sister, Aim living with her at the center.
'May' is nine years old and in the third grade. She likes singing and drawing. May's story is one of most unfortunate circumstances. Her parents were both HIV positive and drug addicts. Five years ago before coming to the goverment orphanage, May lived with a sexually abusive and alcoholic father.
To this day, May still have an aversion to physical touch by men. We pray for God's healing for little May as we provide counseling for her, through this scar in her young life.
Here is 'Bplai', an active nine years old. She is in the first grade. Bplai is a special learner, with learning disability. She came to us with several baggages that we are helping her. Developmentally delayed, she is functioning about 5 years behind. She has frequent bed wetting issues, tends to lie and steal habitually. She often causes problems with the other girls. We are helping the girls to show grace and mercy and extra 'patience' with Bplai, just as God has grace and mercy for each of us. We are learning to be proactive by giving Bplai positive attention, and checking her school bag and belongings daily to ensure that she has only her own stuff. We would appreciate your and enlist prayers for Bplai and each of our girls. Please pray also for the house mother, the missionary couple who sponser us and I as we continue to care for the special charge that God has given us.
Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary