January 2, 2011 is a day Chabu will never be able to forget. She could hear men arguing and fighting. She called for help. However, she never imagined that her husband was being murdered and there was nothing she could do about it.
Her husband, Maung Pyu, was described as a man with a good heart. He would provide work for those who needed it. He was the foreman over some fields near the Garbage Dump in Mae Sot. One of his workers, Po Deh (not his real name), had been in prison for murder. Typically, Maung Pyu checked out the workers, this time he did not.
One night after finishing work, Po Deh and a few other men were gambling and drinking when they began to argue and fight. They were near Maung Pyu’s home, so he went to break things up. Po Deh began to argue with Maung Pyu. Their fight escalated and Po Deh and the other men turned on him took him out to a field and killed him.
Po Deh went to the house where Chabu and her daughter were. Afraid he would do something to her or her daughter, she gave him
her husband’s moneybag. At the time that this happened, Chabu was 4 1⁄2 months pregnant. All the men involved in this horrific event quickly crossed the river and disappeared across the border.
That evening, Chabu and her neighbors found her husband’s body Maung Pyu’s boss respected Maung Pyu so much that he allowed Chabu to continue to live in the house and work in the fields to earn money.
Soon after this tragic event, Compasio’s Community Medical Team was visiting a family near Chabu’s home. The neighbor told the team what happened. The team went to visit her to see how Compasio could help. After that we began bringing her a supply of food every month. In June, her beautiful baby boy was born.
Recently, the new foreman requested that she move out of the house. Chabu had been worried about the way another man in the area was harrasing her daughter, now 13 years old. The move was a good way to get her away from him. They moved to an area of the Garbage Dump and she temporarily moved in with another woman’s family. For now, they had a place to live, even if it was temporary.
During one of our recent visits to the Garbage Dump, some Compasio staff noticed that Chabu’s daughter was not very happy. Generally when we visited, she would be very happy and talk with us. Not today, so our Community worker went to speak with Chabu. She felt that her daughter was depressed about not having a home. We gathered the measurements and information for what a new home made of bamboo would cost. After talking with the community leader at the Garbage Dump, Compasio purchased the supplies to build the home. Her community pitched in and helped her build it.
In about one week, the house was finished. On Friday, April 6th the Community Team went and shared a meal with Chabu and her daughter and baby son to celebrate their new home! They were very proud to have a place of their own.
“And learn to live right.
See that justice is done.
Defend widows and orphans and help those in need.” Is. 1:17