Category Archives: Angel of the Week

Angel of the Week: Lunkim

Meet Lunkim (known as Kim by her friends and family), one of the youngest Angels living in our orphanage.  She is a sweet little girl from the small remote village of Kangkap.  You would never know behind her smiling eyes and cheerful personality there hides a story of sadness and hardship many of us could never imagine.  She is one of the lucky few who got into Angels' Place.  There are hundreds just like her still waiting with no family to take care of them.  Waiting for a sponsor or donor to help us make room for them.

Kim came to Angels' Place this past February after her father died from cancer.  Her mother, like so many young widows in India, was left destitute and could not care for her children.  Kim remembers how difficult her life was and how she was so often sick.  With with no access to quality medical care in these small villages, children like Kim often suffer needlessly.  The very sick often don't make it.

Today, thanks to her sponsors, Kim is a healthy, vibrant and happy little girl who loves to play with her new friends and sing and dance with the performance group.  She is getting the medical care she needs, healthy nourishing meals and a warm bed to sleep in.   Most importantly, she is surrounded by a loving community of adults who want her to thrive.

Thank you to our sponsors and donors who make it possible for children like Kim to escape the ruthless grips of poverty.  Please, help us spread the word so we can make room for the hundreds just like her still on our waiting list.  Visit our Ways to Help page to learn how you can help us reach more potential sponsors and donors.

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Angel of the Week: Thang

Meet Manglunthang, or Thang, as he is known by his family and friends.

Thang lost his father in 2017 and when his mother remarried soon after he was sent to live with his grandfather.  Unfortunately, his grandfather was too old to care for the needs of growing children so he came to Angels' Place.  His caregivers remember a shy reserved child when he first walked through the doors of the orphanage with his younger sister.  They were alone, forgotten and traumatized by a life of hardships: being raised by an abusive alcoholic father, losing their father to liver disease, being abandoned by their mother, all on top of the extreme challenges of growing up in poverty.  It is no wonder Thang was so withdrawn.  In his own words:  "My life was very hard."

Today, Thang is thriving at Angels' Place.  His caregivers describe him as a cheerful and friendly young man who is quickly overcoming the emotional obstacles to his success.  Thang appreciates the "friendly atmosphere" at Angels' Place and loves playing football with his new friends, listening to music and drama.  One day he dreams of becoming a "good" police officer and thanks to the education he receives now, this dream is a real possibility.  He is no longer destined to repeat his father's tragic story.

Thang wants everyone to know how grateful he is to his sponsors who have made his transformation possible.  Because of their generous support, he is getting everything he needs to build a successful life for himself and become a healthy and productive member of the community.

There are hundreds of children just like Thang on the waiting list to begin their transformation at Angels' Place.  You can help make room for them by visiting our Ways to Help page.

Angel of the Week: Chingngaihsang

This cheerful young lady came to Angels' Place last year, soon after losing her father to liver disease. Her mother, who was desperately poor and unable to care for her child, brought her to the orphanage; a painful decision no mother should ever have to make. But there was no choice if her child was to have a future.

Sang, as she is known by her friends and caregivers, remembers her life before Angels' Place as "miserable". "My father was sick for a long time. We had no proper meals, no warm clothes." School, of course, was an impossible dream reserved for those lucky few who could afford the books and uniform.

Today, Sang proudly wears her school uniform as she trots off to school with her friends, one of her favorite things to do. She is in Class 5 and loves learning, particularly about science. She dreams of being a teacher or a nurse someday and knows she is getting the education needed to realize her dreams. Even though she is not with her mother, a loving circle of friends and caregivers give her a sense of "home". "I am lucky to be in Angels' Place," she reports. "I am happy here."

Sang knows how blessed she is to find a home at Angels' Place. So many of her friends she left behind are still struggling to survive, like she once was. There are hundreds just like her on the waiting list to get into Angels' Place alone. Very few will make it out of the destructive grips of poverty without help from those of us who can afford to open doors for them. Won't you consider opening a door to success for a child like Sang?

To learn more about what you can do to help desperate children in need, visit our Ways to Help page.

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Angel of the Week: Leihao

Leihao feels like she got the best Christmas present she could ever ask for this year.

Hope.

If she could have one more wish it would be to thank her sponsors for helping make room for her at Angels' Place.  Even at the very young age of six, she understands how blessed she is.  So many others, just like her, are still waiting, suffering in the grips of extreme poverty.

Leihao's father died in 2014 leaving her mother alone to care for ten children.  She remembers the years she suffered; the constant hunger, frequent illness and the relentless fear.  And then, just a few months ago a place opened for her at Angels' Place.  The day she walked through our doors her life began a new course...away from the hopeless despair she knew toward a life of opportunity where she could grow up healthy, happy, educated and empowered to break free from the cycle of poverty.

Leihao will always feel the loss of her family, but she has gained a new one at the orphanage.  She is making friends quickly and most appreciates the love and kindness of her caregivers.  She started her first year in school and likes her drawing class the most.  Her favorite pastimes include dancing and hanging out with her new family of friends.   Her caregivers are happy she is adjusting well despite some language challenges.

Do you want to give the gift of Hope to a child like Leihao this Christmas?   There are hundreds on our waiting list and there are many things you can do to help them.  Just visit our Ways to Help page to learn more.

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