From the Back Cover
“An eye-opening account of life in China’s orphanages. Kay Bratt vividly details the conditions and realities faced by Chinese orphans in an easy-to-read manner that draws the reader in to the heart-wrenching moments she has experienced in her work to bring hope to these children.”—Dan Cruver, cofounder and director of Together for Adoption
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 working 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. Her story 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 one woman who never planned on becoming a hero but became one anyway.
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Kay Bratt continues to raise awareness and advocate for at-risk children. In China, she was honored with the 2006 Pride of the City award for her humanitarian work. She is the founder of the Mifan Mommy Club, an online organization that provides rice for children in China’s orphanages, and is also an active volunteer for Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for abused and neglected children. Kay currently resides in Georgia with her husband and daughter.
About the Author
Kay Bratt was a recipient of the “2006 Pride of The City” award for her humanitarian efforts; one of ten winners chosen from a pool of over 2 million residents, she was the only foreigner to receive the 2006 award. Among eight other distinguished individuals, I M Pei, a Chinese American architect who was born in China and designed the Louvre Pyramid in Paris, was also a recipient of this award. As a part of the media coverage, Kay was included in an hour long segment shown on the top local television channel, telling the story of her work and accomplishments in China. In China, Kay served as editor and writer for the local expatriate newsletter for one term. She has also been published in “On The Spot” expatriate magazine. Her online journal entries from which her memoir was written has touched hearts locally and internationally, gaining her many supporters who all took a deep interest in the story she was sharing.