12.2.09

Announcing...

I feel a bit like I have given birth this past week.

I didn't really, but I have set up Child Sponsorship now for the kids in Chala's care. So everyone who has been waiting with bated breath, now is your chance.

When we got the packages for the kids we were sad to discover that not all 40 of them are with him any more, because we still haven't been able to send him enough money to pay for all of them every month. I'm not sure where those who are no longer with him are. He assures me that the kids who left have all finally got their Thai citizenship papers, which is what he set out to get them in August. That means that they are no longer in danger of deportation. Those who haven't got papers with him, or have no place to go to even distant relatives in a village some where, are still with him. If the money comes in he assures me that he will take them all back in when it's possible.

So I'd like to introduce you to Saewong.

Saewong is 12 years old. His favorite subject in school is Math. When he grows up he wants to be a policeman. His favorite chore is to pound the chili in the kitchen.

Saewong says, "My parents passed away since I was young, during the time we were living in Burma. I was not able to go to school, but I do right now."

This is Viwatphong. (I don't know how to say it either.)

She's 4 years old. Chala took her from a tribal family. Her parents just disowned her and left her with her grandmother. Her grandmother was 76 years old and could no longer take care of her.

If you would like to sponsor a child you can click this button right here and Paypal will set up a monthly payment of $35. You can correspond with your sponsored child and send pictures and small gifts if you like.

Most of all, sponsoring a child, even if it means giving up coffee, or a new pair of shoes, will show these kids that someone cares.



6 comments:

  1. Can we choose a child or will you randomly assign one to us (I see advantages to each, just wondering). We are totally going to do this--I told my husband about it as soon as you said you were doing it and he told me to sign up as soon as you had it going!

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  2. Annmarie-At this point it's random, because it's easier. But if a child hasn't been assigned to someone and you would like to be their sponsor let me know. I'm working on getting more individuals bio's posted to the website.

    I'm so glad you are going to do this. :)

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  3. HOORAY!!! This is fantastic! Incredible! I understand the birth analogy now!
    I can't wait to do it!

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  4. Disowned? the poor little girl.
    Good work - you should be VERY proud.

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  5. I'm so sorry I forgot to check back to see your answer until today! I've signed up now. We'd love to be matched to a 4 year old girl, the same age as my daughter. Otherwise, a 4 year old boy. Otherwise, a child under 10. (I'm hoping that someone near her age will help my daughter connect with the whole thing.)

    By the way, I never got a receipt for the donation I made via check last year. Could I get one for tax purposes? It needs to reference that it was donated last year, since I claimed it then.

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  6. AnneMarie-They are in the mail. :)

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