You are born in a beautiful village in the mountains. You can see the school in the valley below, but you can’t get there.
Then Warm Heart, a nonprofit, takes you into its Children’s Home just miles from the school. For a while, all is well – and then the school bus stops coming. Suddenly, you and the forty-five other kids at Warm Heart have no way to get to school.
Our children come from the mountains. Their villages do not have schools. Some kids don’t have families; some have families no child should have.
Many parents are illiterate.
Some kids are recommended to us by our spotters in the mountains; some are abandoned to us directly; still others are found wandering alone and are handed over to us.
They arrive at Warm Heart at 5 or 8 or 10 or 12 malnourished, unable to speak Thai and unschooled.
In two or three years, they are up to normal weight, fluent in Thai and far outperforming their classmates in school.
But we need to get them to school! Our school lost its funding, now no more school bus.
They – and we – depend on having a school bus, however. It is not much. A pickup truck with a covered back and benches. But it serves.
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