Thursday, 16 February 2012 08:29

Mercy Boys

Dear Friends,

It’s early afternoon as I write you – a day much like any other day at Mercy.

Our kids are all in school. Our patients are gossiping and laughing in the garden behind our hospice. Members of our slum women’s credit union come and go, depositing ten or twenty baht in their savings accounts and sharing news of their family with our social workers.

It’s sometimes difficult to put a precise measure on what happens here day-to-day. There are so many moments that don’t fall neatly into a statistic.

But the statistics we keep at Mercy Centre are meaningful, and I wish to share a few of them with you on this beautiful day:

2011 Statistics – The Scope of Mercy Outreach:

Children Receiving Assistance:

Mercy Centre Children:                                                            237

Kindergarten Students                                                              2,493

Education Sponsorships/Bangkok                                            621

Education Sponsorships/Sea Gypsies                                       387

Legal Aid Cases                                                                        1,177

Janusz Korcak School Students                                                32

Koh Lao students                                                                      50

HIV/AIDS Homecare                                                                59

International College Students                                                  12

AIDS Education and Outreach                                                  1,505

Obtaining Birth/Identify Documents                                         125

Street children we protect daily                                                221

Adults and Families Receiving Assistance:

Micro-loans                                                                             170

Credit Union Members                                                            802

Hospice patients                                                                       123

HIV/AIDS Homecare Patients                                                365

AIDS Outreach at Government Hospitals                               3,534

Koah Lao Sea Gypsy Project/Families                                    268

Janusz Korczak School/Adult Students                                   73

Elderly and indigent                                                                 103

New Homes and Repairs                                                          13

One more statistic (I’ve saved the best for last): Twenty-four Mercy children were able to return home last year to live with their families.

From the first day a child joins our Mercy family, we begin to look for the child’s real family and explore ways to bring the child home.

Sometimes it takes years to reunite a family with a Mercy child, but we never give up. One 16-year-old Mercy boy named Boat thought he had no family at all. This week, for the first time, he met his Auntie and a half-sister. His story is so complicated it would take hundreds of pages to explain, but the most important point is this, as Boat himself explains: “I never thought I was anybody. I didn’t even have identity papers. Now I know who I am.  I am somebody!”

Thank you, everyone, for your support. Please do visit our Mercy Centre.  You are all a part of our Mercy family.

Usanee Janngeon and the Mercy Teams

Mercy kids at play