The Boy With A Bamboo Heart: The story of the street orphan who built a charity. By Amporn Wathanvongs with Chantal Jauvin.

The Boy With A Bamboo Heart: The story of the street orphan who built a charity. By Amporn Wathanvongs with Chantal Jauvin.

The Boy With A Bamboo Heart The story of the street orphan who built a charity By Amporn Wathanvongs with Chantal Jauvin The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is the inspiring story of Dr Amporn Wathanavongs Orphaned at years of age in a remote village in rural Thailand Lek was thrust into a life long struggle to find his plac

  • Title: The Boy With A Bamboo Heart: The story of the street orphan who built a charity. By Amporn Wathanvongs with Chantal Jauvin.
  • Author: Amporn Wathanavongs Chantal Jauvin
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  • The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is the inspiring story of Dr Amporn Wathanavongs Orphaned at 5 years of age in a remote village in rural Thailand, Lek was thrust into a life long struggle to find his place in the world Alone and impoverished, he survived by begging for food in the markets of Surin until he was recruited to fight as a boy soldier in jungles of Cambodia.DespaiThe Boy With A Bamboo Heart is the inspiring story of Dr Amporn Wathanavongs Orphaned at 5 years of age in a remote village in rural Thailand, Lek was thrust into a life long struggle to find his place in the world Alone and impoverished, he survived by begging for food in the markets of Surin until he was recruited to fight as a boy soldier in jungles of Cambodia.Despair and poverty lead him to attempt suicide until a stranger intervened with an offer of help Thus begins Lek s journey to become Dr Amporn, a man best known as a foster father to the sick, poor and destitute children of Thailand The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is no ordinary book, it is the inspiring story of one man s journey to find his true calling in the face of unspeakable adversity.Extracted from The Boy With A Bamboo HeartA hand yanked at my shoulder and pulled me away from my mother I looked up and peered into the dark brown eyes of the villager Come, Lek, it be time they start now I clutched my mother s hand, bit my bottom lip, forcing the tears to stop I refused to cry at her funeral I held her hand for the last time I gave it a squeeze before releasing my grip I was left with nothing to hold onto, not even nat leaves used to keep ghosts away I tucked my trembling hands between my stomach and the rolled edge of my sarong My chin dropped to my chest I did not want to look at anyone, or see anyone looking at me.The villagers who had pulled and pushed the cart from our hut then approached my mother s body.They lifted her by the shoulders and feet to move her onto the pyre Someone I did not recognize placed a few jasmine blossoms next to her body, a small gesture to adorn her final resting place.One of the monks then leaned forward and placed dried bamboo shoots on each corner of the table He set the first bunch on fire The other three monks repeated the same actions I did not want to see what would come next, but I could not take my eyes off my mother s body I dug my nails deeper and deeper into the soft flesh of my stomach and bit my tongue harder I felt no pain It gave me courage to keep looking.When the last monk had lit his bunch of bamboos shoots, I looked around to see what the other people were doing Everyone was watching the fire without moving or talking They had never seen a body cremated in this way The flames licked the table and crept toward my mother s body I stopped breathing The flames joined hands, turning the sheets and sarong into a curtain of fire A faint smell of jasmine rose from the burning flowers.I turned away as pain exploded in my belly I tried to scream and call for help but the words would not come out I tried to call for her Still nothing came out The pain inside me had robbed me of my voice.I forced myself to look at my mother so I could see her one last time The flames consumed her The sounds of burning wood and popping bamboo thundered in my head It sounded just as scary as when she had screamed in the middle of the night in agony from her illness.I covered my ears and howled This time my voice rose above the burning fire As I looked around for help, people looked away They turned their eyes to stare at the monks I stamped my feet and beat my fists against my thighs to get their attention I was not crying, I was hollering.No one moved I stepped towards the fire I was determined to hold her hand again I needed to touch her one last time The heat scorched my forehead An old villager reached over and pulled me back, without tenderness, without anger.I dug my toes into the ground I refused to back away from the fire I could not let my mother begin her journey to the other life like this She at least had to know that I was with her.

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    The most remarkable thing about the book is the steady flow of insightful word choice revealing a depth of sensitivity, skill and dedication that Chantal Jauvin adopted in writing the book. “I had to acquire the skin of an orphan who begged for his food, carried and used a rifle as a boy, took the vows of a monk, and dedicated himself to social work,” Jauvin said. From the very first lines about Lek’s mother’s funeral, the details of the scene, the physical separation distress of an orph [...]

    The most remarkable thing about the book is the steady flow of insightful word choice revealing a depth of sensitivity, skill and dedication that Chantal Jauvin adopted in writing the book. “I had to acquire the skin of an orphan who begged for his food, carried and used a rifle as a boy, took the vows of a monk, and dedicated himself to social work,” Jauvin said. From the very first lines about Lek’s mother’s funeral, the details of the scene, the physical separation distress of an orph [...]

    Amazing life story of Dr. Amporn Wathanavongs made me think of what can I do to help impoverished and “marginalized” people. True value of everything we do in our lives at the end is how much we helped to those who needed our help. This is even multiplied when you rise above situations as Dr. Wathanavongs did and dedicate your life to helping others to find their own path to education and out of misery.The author really touches the heart of readers and tells the story in such emotional way t [...]

    The Boy with a Bamboo Heart is a deeply moving story of loss, despair and transcendence. Dr. Amporn is fearless in revealing his life's story. His journey is a tribute to the human spirit, to forgiveness and to faith. Chantal Jauvin has brought Dr. Amporn vividly alive for readers at every stage of his transformation. The years she spent gaining his trust and finding his voice were worth it.

    An amazing story of courage and survival despite every possible disadvantage in life but even more than simply surviving Amporn went on to achieve a degree of success that would be beyond most people's wildest dreams.Never forgetting where he came from his life was dedicated to improving the situation of other poor and uneducated people in his home country.Incredibly uplifting.

    Great and insightful read.I saw this at the airport in Thailand and it turned out to be a very candid and insightful read, and very impactful. I highly recommend it.

    This autobiography is the life story of Dr. Ampon Wathanavongs, a man who ultimately defeats poverty and succeeds in becoming one of Thailand's most respected and treasured philanthropists. He is the founder of The Foundation for Rehabilitation and Development of Children and Family (FORDEC) and he is lovingly described as the "the foster father of 50,000 kids."Life starts out very bleak for little Lek, the name given to him by his Thai parents. He is orphaned at five years old, and as the book [...]

    A review from the Orleans Ladies Book ClubThe author has captured the essence of Dr.Amporn so well. As you read this book you become Dr.Amporn , you feel his pain, his anguish. You read about what is unimaginable in our society & yet it is not so far removed. Tying in a Canadian connection of Dr. Amporn reading about the founder of the first Caisse Populaire in Quebec , which inspired him to open the first one in Thailand, just reminded me of how small the world is, how we are truly intercon [...]

    This amazing story has two thematic threads--one explicit in the voice of Dr. Amporn and the other theme is under the words and is evidenced by the creative skill and care of Ms. Chantal Jauvin. By entering into the mind and heart of Dr. Amporn, she sees and delivers his world, his heart and his mind in his terns. As Ms. Jauvin says in the introduction: "I had to acquire the skin of an orphan who begged for his food, carried and used a rifle as a boy, took the vows of a monk and dedicated himsel [...]

    The Boy with a Bamboo Heart is a gripping, true-life, and important memoir of a great man. Born in poverty, Dr. Amporn Wathanavongs wasn't raised, so much as he grew up - largely on his own. As a story of an orphan's survival against the odds, The Boy with a Bamboo Heart is a chronicle of bravery, integrity, vision and hope. But the book is far more than a story of survival. It chronicles Dr. Amporn's struggles as an orphan child living on crumbs and sleeping outdoors, his brutal experiences as [...]

    I was worried about writing this review because I didn’t know if my words could do this book justice. Previous reviewers have covered the essentials of the story well enough that I don’t need to reiterate. Ms. Jauvin has written a profound story that will touch the reader’s heart while infuriating them at the horrors of poverty. Written in Dr. Amporn’s own words, this story resonates with emotion as he relives his life as a young orphan in a third world country. For those of us who are b [...]

    I received this book free from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.And I was not disappointed!This quickly became one of the best books (and definitely the best nonfiction book) that I have read this year. It recounts the young life of a man who turned his life completely around, from being orphaned at five, through time as a street urchin and child soldier, a reluctant return home, finding stability and religion as a monk, and finally settling down in domestic life and earning a reputati [...]

    I really didn't think I would like this book but it was selected for our book club and so I dived in. I am very glad I did. I read the book in a day and really couldn't put it down. The story is captivating and inspirational. Overall, my only criticism is that I would have liked to know MORE about what happened. I finished the book and proceeded to look on the internet for more information. I am not going to review the overall plot. There were parts of the book that my more skeptical side wonder [...]

    A remarkable story that certainly makes you wonder "how can I help?" It's just amazing the struggle he faced and certainly makes me rethink my views of the kids in the street. Often I assume it is a set up or a scam when kids are begging which often it is. Not their choice but forced by the family however how do you know if the hunger and desperation is for real? They say you shouldn't encourage begging but I would have wanted to help this little boy. Beautifully written, well researched and I h [...]

    Feeling poorly? Not enough cash to meet the bills? Whatever is getting you down, read this to get a bit of perspective. How some people manage to rise above adversity and have a productive life defies belief sometimes. This is the tale of one of those people.What a heart-wrenching start to life, no child should suffer like this in our world, hats off to him for the good he has done for some of them.

    This is a wonderful book. It had all the elements I enjoy in a book. It was compelling, insightful and engaging. You feel like you are seeing Thailand and its surrounding through the eyes of young Lek. I became invested in his journey, and looked forward to reading each chapter of his life. It is a story of survival, physically and spiritually. I loved reading about the Buddhist traditions and its effect on an individual. Dr Amporn is an amazing individual!

    The Boy With a Bamboo Heart bu Amporn Wathanvongs and Chantal Jauvin is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late March shortly before Easter Sunday.Wathanvongs' autobiography is truly a walk through a jungle; shadowed by heavy overhang branches, dank with moisture to add weight to your shoulders and heart, before stumbling into brilliant, triumphant sunlight, birdsong, and lingering traces of floral nectar.

    The first chapter is not for the faint of heart, but this true story will break you and make you have faith in humanity in a time when it is hard to do so. I feel privileged to read this book. The Boy With A Bamboo Heart made me cry, made me laugh, and made me exultant that this man perservered and was able to overcome great suffering to open his heart to others and create a wonderful legacy. Must read.

    We’ve previously highlighted the importance of this title to the community and are doing so again. If this memoir by Dr Amporn Wathanavongs doesn’t inspire you, nothing will.

    As a Rotarian and a traveler this book spoke to me in so many positive ways. An excellent story told by an adept storyteller. I highly recommend The Boy With the Bamboo Heart!

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