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15 December 2009

meet khun!

this is khun than lay, the kid we sponsor through distance adoption with terre des hommes organization:

he's going to be 6 in may and he is from birmania. i'm so happy to receive updates from him, it makes me feel directly involved in his difficult life in another continent. he's doing well, though he suffers of a light malnutrition. he has 2 brothers and sisters, his parents are farmers, thus they decided to assign him to the local association center, where he's growing, having proper health care, studying and preparing to enter the society.

we chose distant adoption because to us it's the best way to improve the everyday life of children giving them the possibility to grow with human dignity in their own culture. it also provides the basic needs for a child such as food and medicine, that in affluent societies are taken for granted.

it's a drop in the sea, considering the alarming statistics. half the world live on less than two dollars a day. nearly a billion people entered the 21st century unable to read a book or sign their names. 20% of the population in the developed nations, consume 86% of the world's goods. approximately 790 million people in the developing world are still chronically undernourished, almost two-thirds of whom reside in asia and the pacific. every second child in the world lives in poverty.

but in our little way we feel like we're still giving a small but effective contribution for reducing poverty and hunger in the world. we can, togther, make a significant difference in the situation. we can bring hope by changing lives. "the test of our progress is not whether we add more to the abundance of those who have much; it is whether we provide enough for those who have too little" - franklin d. roosevelt 


  1. What a great thing to do! I would love to know more: do you exchange letters with him, photos ? Do you send him your photos as well? Would you like to meet him one day?

  2. well, he's 5, so for now we only get a report about what he's being doing and his health and a few pictures twice a month. once he grows and understand more, we'll send him our pics and encourage a correspondance. we'd also like to visit him soon. ali would like to know her little birmanian brother :)

  3. Hi! I used to sponsor a little girl in Honduras, but I had to stop since I became single (money problems). I think it lasted about 5 years, at the beginning they just sent me some drawings from her, and then when she started school I had short "letters". I had chosen a girl as I think girls need still more support than boys due to gender unequality, and Latin America as it allowed me to communicate with her in her mother tongue.
    However, it was a relatively expensive, so I had to give up...Maybe I'll start that in the future again as I think it's really meaningful.

  4. i understand why you had to stop, helene. sometimes life gets rough and we can't afford things anymore, out of the blue. it's hard. my organization asks to give 3 months notice, so they have proper time to find other sponsors if that's the case. everything is organized extremely well, in my opinion. i believe these kids are lucy, in their unluck.

    i can't wait for khun to be a little bigger to send us drawnings and the like. right now alice already is drawing for him a lot. they share the same age and they have eachother now, that fills my heart!

  5. That's a very nice and generous thing to do, my dear friend. I've been looking some time ago for something like that but I'm just kind of suspicious on how the money is handle. However the organization you mention sounds quite secure.


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