Happy Friday to you all from our little Pavarotti – Tien!
Sometimes when children begin to receive extra love and care, we start to see something magical happen. They begin a process of "waking up." Like the story of the princess being awakened by a kiss, we have watched children who have been living in a fog and can seem far away and unreachable, start to come back.
Recently we were overjoyed to share a video of Luu where you can see her breaking through the fog and starting her own journey of waking up.
We would like to share with you this incredibly beautiful piece of art – carved intricately using feathers, by artist Chris Maynard. We feel this symbolizes the meaning behind Little Feather Foundations name in a wonderful and meaningful way. We were touched when we saw this piece of art capture our vision so perfectly!
Our name Little Feather Foundation came from the vision that when we say goodbye to a child – they leave behind a beautiful memory that will forever be with us. Like a bird who flies away, and a feather is left behind, that feather is the thing that we hold onto tightly once the bird is has taken flight. We like to think of the very previous children we care for as little birds, who can find freedom and peace when they fly away. For the children we care for that pass away – we keep hold of their feather that is left behind- whether this be a cherished photo or special toy, beautiful memories or a special item of the beloved. Our name Little Feather Foundation symbolies the beauty and gift of that very special feather that is left behind when a bird flies away.
A special thank you to Christ Maynard for granting us permission to use this picture. You can enjoy looking at more of Chris Maynard’s beautiful work at www.featherfolio.com
What a change we have seen in Minh Hy since we first met him!
We remember and reflect on the first time we saw him. We remember this time with sadness. Minh Hy was found with a plastic bag beside him of belongings. Inside this bag was medicine for pain, fever and medication to ease stomach problems. His family had tried so hard to ease his pain and suffering. They had been to the pharmacy themselves to buy him this medicine to try and help him, but unfortunately it was not working. We wish we could have been there to try and help the family care for him before they felt the only way was to let Minh Hy go. We truly believe that their hope was for Minh Hy to receive better care than what they were able to provide. Our hearts go out to his family who felt they had no other choice.
The medicine he had been given had not been enough to control his pain or other symptoms. When we first met Minh Hy, his back was completely arched backwards, he was crying constantly, and he was very malnourished. He had bad tummy problems causing him pain. He was not consolable. Oh how our hearts broke for this little boy. Our hearts broke for his separation he had endured and for his family. Our hearts broke to see such a sad little boy in pain and in such a state.
We are so thankful that Minh Hy’s story did not end there! Over a few days the medicine given to relax his muscles began to work. We began to figure out what Minh Hy enjoyed. We found out the way he liked to be held – knees up to his chest and cuddled tightly! A nasogastric tube ensured Minh Hy received enough food- and he began to put on weight. Medicine was given to treat his tummy problems and resolved the pain from those issues.
Minh Hy loves to taste different things – especially sweet lollipops! He enjoys cuddles and has time sitting up in his bouncer everyday where he is able to be a part of the world around him. But BEST of all – recently we have seen Minh Hy smile!!!
Minh Hy – what a privilege it has been to see you grow and be and be able to support you on your journey. We are not sure what the future will hold, but we will do all we can to ensure you stay as comfortable and happy as possible. We are so inspired by your story and we will continue to strive to help families like yours gain resources and support so that they can choose to stay together rather than face abandonment.
We were so lucky to meet Thao and her incredible friends at ConvaTec a few weeks ago who have been instrumental in helping us to support a little girl in need of some specialised medical care.
We would like to send out a huge thank you to some of our friends who have generously donated bouncers and swings that the children were desperately in need of! A big thank you to Rachana Teware, Nona Masyita Hatumena, Sarah Grundy, Kristi Ligaya and Katerynka Leaver – your kindness has made the biggest difference to our Little Feathers! Look how comfortable our children look in them!
Bouncers may seem like a simple thing, but they make a big difference to our special children! Sitting upright not only allows them to see and interact with the world around them, it allows them to move their arms and legs freely, improves their breathing function- reduces the incidence of chest infections, and of the children who suffer from hydrocephalus - it relieves pressure in their head which in turn reduces headaches and nausea. What a great way to be able to provide holistic care to the children!
Our nurses have been very busy recently treating a variety of skin conditions that some of our little feathers have.
From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU SO MUCH to those who have already donated to Luu’s care and are helping to make an enormous difference in a very special little girl’s life!!
We are always so encouraged by the support that we get from people all around the world who want to ensure all of the children Little Feather Foundation supports relieve the love, dignity and care they deserve.
Some of you might remember sweet, little Luu's story. Luu is 3 years old. She lives in undeniable poverty in Nothern Vietnam with her mother, father and siblings. Luu suffers from untreated hydrocephalus. When we first met Luu she was experiencing many of the uncomfortable, and sometimes painful symptoms that come along with having a neurological condition, as well as being severely malnourished.
Yesterday we celebrated Nhan’s 18 month birthday. We don’t always celebrate half-birthday’s, but as Nhan’s condition is continuing to deteriorate, we were worried that we might not get a chance to celebrate his second birthday with him. We decided to pack as many parties and happy experiences into his life as we possibly could and make every moment, big or small, count...