There were four of them.
Four hungry boys who might as well have been invisible.
When we met with them, they hadn’t had a meal or a shower for 10 days. The snacks they had begged for hadn’t taken away the gnawing hunger in their stomachs, and the coins they had earned by carrying bags across the river had long disappeared.
They are 12 and 14.
They live, breathe and work on the streets of a small Burmese town. Their parents are in jail, or deceased, or barely surviving themselves.
We hung out with them, told a few jokes, helped them feel like normal boys barely into their teens. We took them to the river so they could wash with soap. We gave them a meal.
We feel like human beings now
because of what you are doing for us.
They thanked us for spending time with them, something we too often take for granted.
This week was our third time with the boys, and they told us they want to go to school. We’ll do all we can to make that happen, to get them off the streets and into a safe home, and to remind them that they are not alone.
After years of working almost exclusively on the Thai side of the border, Compasio is venturing into Burma. The needs are great. Partner with us as we look into how best to love, protect and empower the children and women we meet.