Sehlah is a beautiful, two-year-old, little girl. She is full of life and curiosity.
And, she was almost an orphan. One more child joining over 1 million orphans in Thailand.
You see, Sehlah’s mother was 15-years-old when she was sexually abused by a man three times her age. Her mother’s consequential pregnancy brought shame to the family and the thought of keeping this “illegitimate child” would only stand as a reminder of the disgrace. The family pushed the child away and Sehlah came into Compasio’s care when she was only two-months old.
While our team loved and cared for her, we knew real family is what Sehlah needed.
One of our social workers took time to build relationship with the maternal family and communicated to them how important it would be for Sehlah’s long-term well-being to stay with her family. As the family slowly began to bond with this precious little girl, their reluctance began to fade.
After a year of gentle encouragement, Sehlah was re-integrated into her own family much to the joy of everyone concerned. Now, the bond between grandmother and grand-daughter is visible to all who witness them together.
Sehlah will now grow up surrounded by family instead of strangers and she’ll be spared the instability that inevitably accompanies the life of an orphan. Compasio first loves and protects orphans by preventing them from becoming orphans in the first place.