Many fathers in Somporn’s situation would have left their children with other family members to raise. After all, he had no experience raising a child. He knew nothing about what little Pidsinee needed — what to feed her or how to care for her.
But something made Somporn stay. He was overwhelmed by grief and nearly drowning in his sorrow. But he couldn’t leave her. Because there, in little Pidsinee, was the last flicker of his wife.
In the weeks following Sopak’s death, Somporn was despondent. He barely spoke to his neighbors, and even little Pidsinee was quiet, as though she was also grieving for her mother.
One of Somporn’s neighbors, Phongphet, noticed both the father’s sadness as well as his complete lack of knowledge about how to provide for Pidsinee.
“He seemed lost,” says Phongphet. “When I saw this, I suddenly thought of (Compassion Survival), where I worked. With no stable income and little knowledge of child care, this program could be the answer for him!”
As the director of Compassion Survival at Bethania Church, a Compassion program serving young mothers and their children, Phongphet had seen many families in his village dramatically helped by the church. But they were all mothers. How would Somporn, the only father to attend the program, feel?