Day2 at Bann Fueng Fah orphanage
Well, it’s been more than 24 hours since my last post but that’s because I was so tired at the end of two days in the orphanage that all I could do yesterday evening was to go to sleep.
Clearly, working with children with challenging physical disabilities is a young person’s calling! Having said that, it is very rewarding. The love given and received is tangible, even if sometimes, particularly in the case of Mr B, mischief can be trying. But that, surely, is true for any child. The consistent practice of good not bad is something that needs to be taught. Patience is often called upon.
Today’s blog is going to be a short one, mainly consisting of pictures proving I really am here. I’m grateful to Sally and Nicola for taking them.
Mr B may be the rascal of the tribe but when he concentrates he shows how much he has progressed. In this picture he is standing tall on a rubber ball, showing good trunk control as I support him only at the hips.
Here he is again sitting cross-legged while engaging with me in play.
It might look as if Mr C is cold and needs a blanket but in fact it’s a weighted sheet in order to keep his limbs in good posture. Having had some experience of a child with cerebral palsy, I know a little bit about that requirement, but these children are more profoundly challenged. It’s definitely not cold here but at the moment temperatures are comfortable under the fans on the patio.
Although a lot of the input that Nicola gives is designed to improve the physical aspects of the children’s needs, that would be to simplify matters. It seems to me that every aspect of the child’s development is treated as important, which is of course correct.
These children have no language skills but that does not mean that Nicola ignores vocal communication. In their earlier years, these children did not have the stimulation of what we would call a normal upbringing, so verbal communication on a one to one basis, that is the way that speech is learnt, was absent. But what I saw was Nicola trying, if you like, to make up for lost time, where possible. Speech, as we understand it, may never be possible for most of these children but that doesn’t mean they can’t communicate through sound.
I am so very, very glad I came out to Thailand. No amount of words could describe what is happening here. Not only do I feel we should be grateful to Nicola for the work she does with 1Step2Step but I feel we should also be grateful to the government of Thailand for taking all these children under their wing. Under God, I’m glad to be a part of this.