A young migrant woman approached our Safehouse this past week and asked our staff, “Will you take my baby boy? I have no more milk and can’t afford to feed him” They replied with a simple question: “If you had some milk, would you keep your baby?”, to which the young 25-year-old mother exclaimed, “Oh, yes!”, with the emotion that only a mother can feel in such a situation.
Later, while visiting their small bamboo, tin, and leaf shack, our staff met this hard-working Karen family who separates large bags of beans into little sacks, and then walk miles into town to sell them for what amounts to pennies of profit. We have a saying that I hear our staff now regularly echoing in these situations: “We don’t want to create orphans to build orphanages”. Only when the environment creates a direct threat to a child’s safety by abuse, neglect or abandonment do we feel the need to replace it. Family is God’s invention; it is meant to be the best-case scenario, and if we can come alongside and help make that work (often with just a bit of effort and resources) we’ve done what we feel is best.
This family is one of a growing number of families whom we support with basic physical needs and with our friendship.