School is starting in Thailand, and at our Village of Hope in Pousan not all of the 100 children were happy. Cherry* felt scared and alone, until she met Kathy…
Little Cherry is one of 100 new children in our Village of Hope in Pousan, Thailand. Her father in prison. Her mother unable to care for her. She was abused and likely facing a future with no education and exploited by human trafficking.
But Cherry didn’t know this. She just knew she was a tribal Hmong child, spoke a different language, and missed her mother.
Compassionate Hope staff person, Kathy, found Cherry alone and sobbing on the stair-step. She had refused to eat her supper. Here’s how Kathy described the moment:
“I picked her up from the steps and carried her to my room. I spoke softly and soothingly to her, although she didn’t understand a word I said. I’m sure I was the first foreigner she had ever seen.
I hugged her, kissed her head, and showed her lots of loving care. I placed some cookies and milk beside her dinner plate and signaled her that she could have the treats if she ate her meal first.