The hardest stories for us to hear are often the ones where children are the victims. From the horrifying tales of abduction to tragic death in an accident or disaster, or the plight of children born into poverty and starvation, we can't help but feel our hearts rip apart, especially when imagining the same fate for our own kids.
The worst, however, are the stories of abandonment, of children being cast aside because they have lost their parents to death, disruption, or indifference. Too many children around the world are victims of this sort. It's painful enough to have no food and no home, and worse yet to know that your life may always be like that, and that your life will very likely be short. But to be not loved has to be the worst agony anyone could suffer through, especially our children.
Thankfully, for one group of children, love has found them in the form of a generous husband and wife from Singapore. Budi and Peggy Soehardi have established an orphanage for 47 abandoned children in West Timor. The couple have three children of their own, but all of the children receive the same love and care, they say.
Through donations and the efforts of other volunteers, the Soehardis built a facility in West Timor where orphaned children, many who are refugees of the turmoil in East Timor, can receive food, shelter, an education, and a home. Most of the children are quite young, many arrived as babies who the Soehardis themselves named. There are older children, too, some that would be ready to enter college.