My name is Rain Soe, I almost have two years and I was born in a rubber plantation, near the burmise border with Thailand. Mom and Dad got married very young in a small village just across Yangon's river and after a few months my older sister, Thida, who is now 9 years old, has arrived. I also have two more brothers aged 7 and 4. My dad used to work on fishing boats. Thida always tells me that it was hard work because you have to live on the ship for several weeks without being able to go home. When I was still in the mother's tummy, my dad left, he's missing from home since two years now. Thida says that the monsoon took him away with him and that he will never come back, but I hope she's wrong because I'd love to know him. Just before I was born my mum's friend told her that they were looking for workers on a rubber plantation in the south of the country, near Kawthaung. Mom's friend was moving there and we went with her. I was born there, inside a bamboo palafitte without electricity on a rainy night.
Fortunately, my mother was not alone. As soon as we arrived at the plantation, the doctors of Medacross visited it and asked the village chief to call them immediately, as soon as the labour would have begun. And so it happened! When the pain started, a doctor and a nurse left from the Basic Health Clinic that Medacross renovated at Kawthaung, bringing with them all the necessary equipment and medicines. They faced a two-hour drive under the pouring rain, without even the light of the moon to illuminate the dirt roads full of holes that run through the forest. That evening everything went well having them close to mummy and I'm now growing healthy.
But do you want to know another great news? A few months ago, Medacross friends came to visit us during one of the visits of the Mobile Clinic and they told us how, thanks to your contribution, hundreds of other children like me can receive free treatment without having to face a long journey by foot to reach the nearest clinic. Some of them are not as lucky as I am, having received care and assistance since my first day. Some of them had never been visited by a doctor, but now they have hope. They can grow and grow up!
I want to thank you friends, if I can always count on Medacross and feel protected, it's thanks to you.