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Dangerous Diving – Earns $4 a Day

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Ken Hulme - 700 Club International Managing Director

Seven-year-old Dido waits on the shores of an island in southern Thailand, wondering if this is the day his father will come home.

“I miss my daddy. My mommy and I always pray for him when he is away. I wish he could stay home all the time,” he says.

Dido’s father dives for a living, using a single hose attached to a compressor. He must swim up to 130 feet below the surface and stay underwater for an hour. He’s looking for sea cucumbers, an Asian delicacy. Many have died or been paralyzed doing this. Taeloy says he’s been lucky so far. He earns just $4 a day for the risky job.

“If I don’t do this kind of work, my family will have nothing to eat. There are no other jobs available,” he says.

Back home, Taeloy’s wife tries to repair their fishing nets for the hundredth time. They own a small fishing boat. But with no motor, catching larger fish to sell is almost impossible.

The couple realized they needed to ask for help.

“My husband and I decided to pray to God.  We asked Him to help us keep our family together,” Maway says.

That’s when CBN’s Orphan’s Promise started a preschool in their community. There the children enjoy healthy lunches. Maway even works part-time there and is bringing in a little extra money for the family.

“I’m so grateful to Orphan’s Promise for helping our children get a good meal everyday,” she says. “And I love teaching the other children Bible stories and songs!”

Then we were able to help Taeloy to stay closer to home by giving him a boat engine and some new nets. Now he’s earning more than he did on the big boat.

“I am able to catch so many fish and crabs. I can buy enough food for my family for every meal. We enjoy being together so much!” he says.

“Thank you, CBN! I’m very happy because my daddy is with us every day now,” Dido adds.

 

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