Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage

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AmazonEncore, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 336 pages
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When her family relocated to rural China in 2003, Kay Bratt was thrust into a new world, one where boys were considered more valuable than girls and poverty and the one-child policy had created an epidemic of abandoned infants. As a volunteer at a local orphanage, Bratt witnessed conditions that were unfathomable to a middle-class mother of two from South Carolina.Based on Bratt's diary of her four years at the orphanage, Silent Tears offers a searing account of young lives rendered disposable. In the face of an implacable system, Bratt found ways to work within (and around) the rules to make a better future for the children, whom she came to love. The book offers no easy answers. 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 one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.

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User Review  - THCForPain - LibraryThing

A wonderfully written book. We are shown what a horrid place China is. People only have access on t.v. and the internet that the government allows, which is sad. The people themselves do not have much ... Read full review

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User Review  - snorclif - LibraryThing

The subject matter make this an emotional read, but it is written in an easy to the eye fashion. If you hav adoped a child from china this is a "must read" book". Read full review

About the author (2010)

Kay Bratt, a mother of two daughters, is an author and advocate of orphans in China. After founding a volunteer group and working in a Chinese orphanage for over four years, Kay was inspired to publish her memoir, Silent Tears: A Journey of Hope in a Chinese Orphanage. With the help of her readers, Kay continues to raise awareness and advocate for children in Chinas orphanages. In China, Kay was honored with the 2006 Pride of the City award for the humanitarian work she did on behalf of orphans. Now residing in the United States, Kay brings the adoption community together to meet the needs of waiting children in China and is the founder of the Mifan Mommy Club, an online group of individuals who provide rice for children in Chinese orphanages.

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