Seventeen for Sokchea
Posted on June 1, 2014
9 years. For 9 years this little girl named Sokchea who has cerebral palsy has been told, “Lie still!” and “Do not move!” My oldest son is almost 9 and the thought that for the same length of time that he has been supported, hugged, encouraged and loved she has been laying on a mat in a village, neglected and scorned and at risk of something even worse happening to her like being abandoned or sold.
She started out her life fighting, being that her mother tried to abort her and failed. She has also experienced so much pain: possible fetal alcohol syndrome, a botched medical procedure, flat head syndrome, and years of neglect and rejection.
The irony of it all (if you want to call it that) is that her name means “healthy”. I for one believe that this is not a coincidence. I believe that she was predestined for greatness. That man does not see what God sees and that while we might see someone neglected, sick and broken he sees the fullest degree of beauty, strength and greatness in her.
I want to invite you to play a part of the reality of this for her. In His Steps International has come to her rescue and come along side of Sokchea. They have helped her make great strides toward becoming a happy healthy child. They have asked for assistance from a certified physical therapist to come evaluate Sokchea and train their team on the best way to care for her. That is exactly what we are going to do. We will be sending one of our own volunteers Jennifer who is a para to a young boy with cerebral palsy and the physical therapist she works under (also named Jennifer) to fill this need! But we need your help to make this happen. We are asking for 200 people to give $17 for Sokchea! This will cover the remainder of the costs needed for these 2 women to help her caregivers teach her to reach her full potential! I know that together we can do it. Please re-post, share and do what you can. Let’s fight for Sokchea!