Our story starts with a little boy named Sisoroth*, he was born a little over a year ago. His mother is an orphan, very young. His dad left when he was still in her womb. When he was born, Sisoroth* had a very small cranium. It instantly looked suspicious to our staff, and we sent him to see doctors to check that his development was going well.
The specialists we sent his mother to were not very helpful. She came back saying that one of them even told her that he had no brain. Another one said that he was “fine”.
But we never gave up.
We finally called a young Canadian doctor who was practicing in Phnom Penh for a year, and she was able to give us the contact of a doctor who had access to an MRI machine.
We finally got a full diagnosis, so we could support him and his mum. He has a microcephaly. Signs and symptoms of microcephaly may include a smaller than normal head circumference that usually remains smaller than normal as the child grows, delayed motor and speech functions, mental retardation, balance and coordination problems, and other brain-related or neurological problems; There is no treatment to change the head size. Even though there is no cure, we researched his disability and knew that Sisoroth* needs regular physiotherapy and special care in order to develop his motor skills.
While at the hospital, the chief doctor came to us, and asked for our support. He had been trying to find families and placements for 20 children that were abandoned on the premises. All of them presented disabilities ranging from mental impairment to severe physical handicaps. Some had been living there for eight years, with no possibility of going outside. Years restricted to one small room without proper stimulation. It was heartbreaking.
We didn’t know how we could help at first. Our primary mission is to support women during a crisis pregnancy, and even though we partner with organisations that find permanent foster families, finding placement for 20 children seemed like an impossible task.
But when we visited the room the children were in, we knew we couldn’t just go home and forget their little faces. With no one to call “mama," with little love, and certainly not the care they needed.
Our team started talking to all of our partners. We spent hours on the phone, we met other NGOs, we spread the word.
Once again, we persisted.
The little ones were filling up our dreams, our nights and we believed that we were sent to help.
Thanks to our partners at Save The Children, at Mlup Russey, Sisters Of Mercy, CIF, the Ministry of Social Affairs, and many more, 15 children have been placed in permanent foster care, or relevant institutions.
We are proud to be part of a movement to make Cambodia a better place.
Since 2010, we have supported 240 women, who had nowhere else to turn to. We saw 245 children being born, and none of them were placed in institutions. Our staff started with 3 dedicated individuals, and we are now 29, ranging from Social Workers, Midwife, Operational staff, and Country Director.
And, this year we pledge that 100% of all donations will be go in the field. Thanks to Manan Trust and Imago Dei, who cover all operations cost, every single penny you donate is going to empower women, keep children from traffickers, and provide Cambodia with a new generation of empowered women.
We know our work is not finished.
None of this would have been possible without your support.
You provide us with the necessary means to keep our operations running. You donate money, clothes, food, and moral support. It’s not easy to be where we are needed, but thanks to you, we provide assistance to more than 100 women and children every year.
Today, we need you more than ever. We want to keep our doors open for another 5 women in our program.
With as little as $20, you will provide a scan and antenatal checkup to a single mother. We know times are hard and we thank you for donating as much as you can to our cause.
GlobalGiving, has chosen Mother's Heart to compete amongst some of the most prestigious NGOs, and we count on you as our faithful supporter to earn us a spot at the top! The GlobalGiving Girl Fund Campaign is an opportunity for projects dedicated to women and girls to gain support and funding and to compete for a chance to earn a spot in the GlobalGiving Girl Fund for all of 2017. The campaign will run from March 1, 2017 - March 15, 2017 with a matching day on March 8, 2017 to celebrate International Women's Day.
Again, you have it possible for Sisoroth, his mother to stay together, and have the support they needed. Thank you.
*Names have been modified to respect our users' anonymity