School of Hope Burma - Thailand Border
My precious jewel Maddie,
I'm thinking of you so often as I meet all these girls and boys who have no parents or have parents who are too poor to look after their children.
They are brought here, The School of Hope,to be taught, fed and looked after.
You are so lucky to have parents, step parents and grand parents who love and look after you.
Yesterday , I examined a little girl. She had pain in her chest and when I listened I could hear a loud murmur in her heart. She was a pretty Chinese girl with long straight black hair and black eyes filled with panic and anxiety. I told the Head Master about her, and he said she was not a registered student, just a friend of one of the orphans who belongs to the school. He brushed me off saying, "that girl, has many problems. We cannot do anything for her, she is not one of our students."
She left sad and bereft. I wondered what the problems were. I was told, her mum is in hospital, very sick, after having brain surgery. Her father is deaf. Sometimes he works, but most of the time he's home smoking and drinking. He did not even know when his wife was taken by ambulance to the hospital. There's no food at home and the little girl comes to her friends' school to get a meal.
I ran after her. Gave her some money, a hug and a promise I would pray for her.