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Safe Haven Orphanage

Hello Board

I will be in-transit during the board meeting and from reading over the minutes and spending time at Safe Haven Orphanage, I feel it is important to express my opinions. I do not wish to cause undo pain, there are many perspectives in all situations. Ever since I attended the workshop, “Do No Harm”, put on by UNHCR, I believe it is essential to understand others point of views and how our actions influence situations.

So, when I enter the orphanage’s grounds I am met by smiles and hospitality, whether Tasanee is there or not.
The children are happy. The little ones are so exited as the older kids return from school. The little guys wait anxiously to be swept up in the arms of their adopted brothers and sisters. There has been an improvement since my first visit several years ago. They are slowly acquiring better facilities thanks to many people, including DPRN.

The kids all participate in the maintenance of life, from gardening, cleaning, building or playing. This is a great lesson to families anywhere in the world.  Children who help with the chores feel they are needed and are an important part of the family. Also, the lack of fighting and arguing among the 50+ kids is remarkable. It is a family.

Tasanee’s first orphaned child is now 22 and going to the University of Bangkok. She is studying Accounting. This girl was raised along side of Tasanee’s own daughter, who is also 22 and works at the orphanage helping to take care of the sick and younger children.

I am proud that DPRN has played a part in making the lives at Safe Haven more comfortable, but the atmosphere of love does not come from us, but from the woman who takes care of the children day in and day out. It is evident that Tasanee is loved by them.

I know there is some question as to whether Tasanee’s choice of keeping one of her children, whom she had raised since she was an infant, from adoption was wise. What I do know is that neither she nor the other children wanted the child to leave.  I have seen the girl, it is important to realize she sees Tasanee as her mother; she is happy, loved, and full of questions and attending school. I know, it is difficult to picture some one preferring this life style to ours of more opportunities, but I also work with many broken children from our area of the world, who have missed out on being loved.

It would be a tragedy to participate in the defamation or destruction of the children’s home and their adopted mom. No one can see the future, or know what the absolute best is, but maybe from these humble beginnings the little girl may yet become a doctor. I think it is important to continue our support of Safe Haven.

Life is so short, live in Grace, Peace and Love, Shannon

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