You can help a 9-year old girl from Cambodia regain her sight as she travels the path of recovery. I will match all donations as we make our way to the targeted amount.
You see, her name is *Nita, and at the age of 7 days (yes, 7 DAYS), she suffered a brutal acid attack. What's an acid attack you say? That's when someone throws acid at you. And at 7 days old, an infant can't really do much to protect herself let alone cover her face. The acid burns on her face required her to undergo frequent medical treatment and procedures, even until this day. The family lives in Phnom Penh, Cambodia and is being assisted by Hagar Cambodia. Due to the lack of medical service in Cambodia, Hagar decided to fly her to Singapore to get help. At the last check-up, the doctors discovered that her body is not receiving the treatment well and she would require a surgery. At the thought of returning to Singapore for more tests and samples to determine the surgery, the girl cried profusely because each session would bring her a lot of pain and discomfort. She is flying to Singapore this month on a 1-way ticket, not knowing how long she would have to stay here for the procedure.
Hagar is a Christian humanitarian aid organisation that seeks to restore the lives of women and children who have been victims of extreme human rights abuse, through a comprehensive range of services that includes recovery, rehabilitation and reintegration.
Hagar will do whatever it takes for as long as it takes to restore life in all its fullness and welcome the toughest of human conditions. Find out more about Hagar at this link http://hagarsingapore.org
I have had the privilege to meet this brave young girl, not once but twice. When I first met her, she was real shy. In fact, when I saw her for the first time, I have to admit that the extent of the damage caught me offguard even though I had been prepped by the staff. The extensive damage to her face has also affected her eyes so I can't actually tell when she is looking at me. But at times, she would swivel her head and gaze upwards and I soon realised that she was actually looking at me whenever she does that. As like any child, she tosses out food such as little chopped onions she doesn't like from her plate. She ate ice cream without a care in the world and had it all over her mouth in a mess. She was really just as normal as any other child.
She was much warmer when I met her the second time. In fact, she was so endearing that she came and held my hand and turned her head to lean on my arm. She was really sweet and childlike. This time we went shopping for clothes for her and her siblings. Fashion sense is innate in all women - she was running around looking for a pair of shorts that would go well with a shirt we had picked out for her little brother. And like any girl, she was extremely fascinated by dolls! There I was walking with her as she excited pointed out all the different dolls, but she somehow knew without us telling her, that she could only have one and she went through quite a journey to make a final decision on the doll. Very sensible girl indeed.
She has touched my heart with her childlikeness and I am reminded that Jesus came so that we might have life in all its fullness, to release the oppressed and to restore sight to the blind. As Hagar flies her to and fro Singapore for the regular check-ups, I would like to seek your partnership in giving towards the cost of her medical fees, transport, and expenses. Regardless of your religious background and beliefs, I hope that you will give sight and education to a 9-year old girl who has very real dreams and aspirations. Thank you for your generous contribution and may you be blessed as you give hope and sight to this young lady Nita.
*Name has been changed to protect the child's real identity.
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