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Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage by [Bratt, Kay]
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Irrepressible memories. Vacant eyes. A child being dangled from a third story window. A boy tied to a chair. Children sleeping in layers of clothing to fight off the bitter cold. An infant dying from starvation. Some things your mind will never allow you to forget.

Silent Tears is the true story of the adversity and triumphs one woman faced as she fought against the Chinese bureaucracy to help that country’s orphaned children.

In 2003, Kay Bratt’s life changed dramatically. A wife and mother of two girls in South Carolina, Bratt relocated her family to rural China to support her husband as he took on a new management position for his American employer. Seeking a way to fill her days and overcome the isolation she experienced upon arriving in a foreign country, Bratt began volunteering at the local orphanage. Within months, her simple desire to make use of her time transformed into a heroic crusade to improve the living conditions and minimize the unnecessary deaths of Chinese orphans.

Silent Tears traces the emotional hurdles and daily frustrations faced by Ms. Bratt as she tried to change the social conditions for these marginalized children. The memoir vividly illustrates how she was able to pull from reservoirs of inner strength to pursue her mission day after day, leaving the reader with the resounding message that everyone really can make a difference.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2034 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: B007BWHX5U
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing (March 16 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0031R5JSM
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By BeatleBangs1964 TOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 26 2010
Format: Paperback
In 2003, Kay Bratt and her husband left North Carolina for rural China as Kay's husband relocated their family there for work reasons. The Bratt family anticipated many changes, but not the major changes of helping Chinese babies who had been abandoned and relegated to overcrowded orphanages. Kay initially planned to volunteer part-time at a local orphanage for a few days a week, but the children she met at the orphanage convinced her to stay.

In addition to absorbing, appreciating and having respect for Chinese culture, Kay Bratt has made every good faith effort to demonstrate fairness and tolerance of all she enconutered. Granted, the conditions at the orphanage were appalling and horrific descriptions of outright abuse might even shock Dickens, but she soldiered on, despite her sometimes overwhelming despair.

Orphanage staff received very few supplies and barely enough food to get through the day. They had to inure themselves to their harsh surroundings and those of the children in their care. Many infants died from illnesses that were often untreated as proper medical treatment was not readily available. Food was a scarcity for the children in the orphanage. Malaria-bearing mosquitoes were always a threat and sadly, there were not enough nets to cover the infants. Sadly, some young charges starved. Infant casualties were not considered uncommon.

Fortunately, Kay Bratt was able to secure the trust of the women with whom she worked. In time, she and the staff mobilized forces to feed and protect the children in their care. She rounded up a group of volunteers to bring needed supplies to the orphanage. She was also instrumental in securing medical attention for the children.
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By Louise Jolly TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 12 2011
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In 2003 Kay Bratt was leaving her comfortable life in the United States and heading to rural China for four years as her husband was sent there to head up a team that was opening a new factory. Amanda, their youngest daughter would be travelling to China with them but Kay's eldest daughter, Heather, decided to stay in the United States and live with her birth father.

Kay's first impression of China was disappointing at best and it took her quite some time to become used to the poverty, the over-crowding, the smells, the noises and the constant barrage of people. She needed something to do, something to focus on so she became a volunteer at a local children's orphanage.

Kay soon learns about China's one child policy which created an epidemic of orphaned children. Chinese parents didn't value girls because they couldn't carry on the family name so they were more often than not, left abandoned somewhere in a park, at a train station, on the steps to a government building and other such places. Children were also abandoned due to disabilities and illness.

What an eye-opening experience this turned out to be for Kay! She began to keep a journal of her experiences and the book is written in journal form making it easy and pleasurable to read. The journal is a scorching account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Kay found ways to work with (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. While often painful in its clear-sightedness, Silent Tears balances the sadness and struggles of life in the orphanage with moments of joy, optimism, faith, and victory. It is the story of hundreds of children, and of the one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.
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I did like this it upset me that the children were treated so unfairly
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excellent reading, didn't want to put it down
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