Myat is the glue holding her family together. She sits just inside her house, where she has set up a small stall selling candy and snacks, and irons her clothes. Various family photos decorate the walls and furniture around the front room.
Myat’s family grew last year as she welcomed Wai, a distant relative, into her household. Now, more than a year and a half later, Wai passes her a gift and a card, thanking her for being the mother he lost.
Thank you for taking care of me when my parents passed away.
Wai was five years old when his parents died of AIDS. His extended family were afraid to take him in case he also had HIV, so a community leader referred him to our team. While in Compasio’s care, Wai was found not to have HIV. We began to work towards placing the boy in kinship care, and found Myat’s family as a result of family tracing. After hearing about the boy’s situation, Myat knew she couldn’t say no.
Myat smiles as she shares about why she has persevered through these trying times. She understands the heart of Compasio: that children grow and thrive in families.
When you asked me to take him in, I didn’t say ‘maybe’. I said ‘YES! Absolutely yes!’
As Myat holds Wai close, we witness a young boy who knows he is loved. This is the most precious gift anyone can give him.