RW Supply + Design’s mission is that we exist UNTIL EVERY CHILD IS HOME. For the past five years, RW Supply + Demand has been able to partner with Love Without Boundaries in Cambodia to support their efforts the help at risk children receive the resources they need. This year LWB is sharing stories (like the one below) in order to celebrate their 20 year anniversary.
In the fall of 2016, Love Without Boundaries was first introduced to a solemn little boy who lived along the border region of Cambodia and Thailand. At just two years of age, Sampson had already lived through more sorrow than any toddler should have to experience. His father died when he was just a baby, leaving him and his mother without shelter and food. They both became weak and malnourished, and sadly his mother passed away from tuberculosis just after Sampson’s second birthday. Before she died, her last plea was for someone to take care of her baby boy.
Sampson Enters LWB Foster Care
LWB immediately stepped in to provide Sampson with a loving foster home. As Sampson deeply grieved the loss of his mama, his doting foster granny opened her arms and her heart to help him heal.
Sampson also required immediate medical attention for both a severe lung infection and malnutrition. His foster granny stayed continually by his side in the hospital, comforting him and letting him know everything would be okay. Despite having to get his very first IV, his foster granny’s reassuring presence soon brought out Sampson’s sweet smile.
Within six months of coming into the LWB foster care program, Sampson’s health had been restored. His adorable laughter filled his foster home.
And the strong bond he formed with his foster grandma brought true peace and security back to his heart.
Sampson Begins in the Cambodia Education Program
In 2018, Sampson was old enough to enroll at the Sokhem Village Believe in Me school, where he quickly made lots of new friends.
His teachers said he was an excellent listener who never created problems in his classroom. He enjoyed learning his Khmer letters and numbers, but he still preferred being outside on the playground (who doesn’t?)
Over the last few years, Sampson has transformed from a sick, malnourished toddler into a strong and happy nine-year-old who is an integral part of his village.
He loves his foster family, his friends, and his wonderful dog. No matter what adventures Sampson finds, however, his favorite place of all is still right next to his doting grandma.
It seems very fitting that as LWB celebrates their 20th year of helping children, they get to share the incredible news that Sampson’s foster family in Cambodia will soon be his ADOPTIVE family. It has been a two-year process for his foster parents to work through the often-daunting domestic adoption system, but just this past week, LWB learned that all their documents have been accepted and sent to the court for finalization.
In 2023, Sampson will be getting the best gift that any orphaned child can receive…a permanent family of his very own!
The ability to support Love Without Boundaries and work until the day that every child is home, is solely because of the work that you do each day.