In May, Bonni Scepkowski traveled with a mission group to Thailand to help local women and girls in need. She had no idea how much that trip would change her life, and the lives of a young, unwed mother and her infant child.
At Wildflower Home for unwed mothers in Thailand, the young mother, Namwan, met Bonni for the first time as Bonni helped comfort the mother's newborn girl, Porjai.
Six-day old Porjai with Bonni
Namwan fled her village in Myanmar after being shunned by her family for the pregnancy. Later, she would move in with the baby's father and grandmother, but both were abusive to her physically and emotionally, and regularly left her isolated and desperate, with no diapers or formula for Porjai, no money, and no transportation. They cut off the internet during the day to ensure that Namwan couldn't reach out for help.
Without Bonni stepping in, Namwan and her daughter face a life of abuse and neglect. Bonni is a courageous, amazing human being who refused to stand by and do nothing. She makes the world a better place, and we too can choose to stand by, or to help.
After months of trying to help from afar, Bonni's husband Heath suggested they bring the girls to live with them in America. After several months meeting with an immigration lawyer, Bonni traveled to Thailand for three weeks in November, but was devastated when the US denied a visa for the girls.
Namwan and baby Porjai returned to Myanmar to try getting a visa from there instead, only to be denied on December 12. She is now homeless, resourceless, and with no support in Myanmar available to her. Bonni made an emergency trip, and is there with the girls now, scrambling to solve this dilemma.
(this picture was taken December 15)
WHAT WE NEED TO DO
This is an urgent plea for contributions to find Namwan a place to live, basic housewares, and to get baby supplies for Porjai. Otherwise they have nothing, and nowhere to go.
I know these girls are strangers to you, but they have touched Bonni's heart and left a permanent mark. Through Bonni, I've come to learn that Namwan is incredibly sweet and adorably naive (she had never seen fog on a bathroom mirror, and was amazed!).
Please consider helping change these two lives. Even a small contribution from you is a HUGE help to them.
If you have a daughter or granddaughter, consider giving a little more in thanks that yours are safe and so fortunate to have your love and support.
Give because you love Bonni, or me, or because someone helped you long ago when you needed it. Please give for the love of this sweet young woman fighting to find her way, and for the love of her beautiful young daughter, to escape otherwise horrible circumstances.
With love and thanks,
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