There’s a mixture of emotions in a place like this. One witnesses the resilience inherent in youth combined with bewilderment and longing. Amidst the loneliness that can often come while being surrounded by others is also a sense of warm belonging and ‘family’. Such ambiguity. There is happiness and self reliance, yet undeniable sadness and need.
I am forever left with a little heavier heart while also awed by the immense giving hearts that made this orphanage a place for children to love and grow and learn in the face of some of life’s hardest challenges. And the hearty laughter from these children, their many smiles, their pulling together and their wonderfully inquisitive nature will long remain a part of me.
VIEW A PHOTOSTREAM OF CHILDREN that I took while traveling through Asia for five months in 2006 & 2007 that’s on my website dedicated, in part, to ending child trafficking. In the photostream are street children, orphans and children from Nepal, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.