Stories of Hope
Meet Our Staff: April
April is a meek and gentle young lady who came to us from the Philippines a few years ago. In fact, she just celebrated her fourth anniversary with NHF last month. Her cousin was a friend of one of our nurses, Jona (honorably mentioned in our last staff post), and that was how she was able to secure an introduction to New Hope.
At that time, April was simply in need of a job to help support her family, and since she has always had a love for children, this seemed like it might be a good fit. On the New Hope side, our Special Care Center in Nanyang had just been established and we were in need of a qualified nurse. The timing was right and once all the details were worked out, April settled into her new life and role as an on-site nurse in Nanyang.
April has a habit that is very endearing, one that she is probably not even conscious of, and that is a sweet little laugh that follows almost every sentence she speaks. With an innocent childlikeness, her statements are punctuated by this infectious giggle, making it a true delight to sit down and talk with her!
April commented that it is instances like this that give her joy and peace. But she, like most of our team members, also pointed out that this work is a two-sided coin—or as she put it, a roller-coaster ride. For every high point, there often comes a low, a child who is too sick to be rescued or one who passes unexpectedly. But even then, the silver lining is that she is able to lovingly tend to them while they are in care. It humbles her to see the joy and smiles on the kids’ faces even when they are fighting very serious illnesses.
Chloe and Yuki love hanging out with Nurse April
Nanyang is the most isolated of our Care Centers, off the beaten path and surrounded by lovely rural countryside. It is even beyond the reach of most public transportation, so it’s easy to feel a bit lonely at times. This, coupled with the dramatic emotional swings that can occur between successes in treatment and sorrowful losses, can be really tough. Amidst these challenges, April says she has found a balance that gives her strength to go on.
Working for New Hope and being around the children day in and day out has given April a new appreciation for life. She’s grateful for things we often take for granted, like breathing and simply being alive. Her work gives purpose to her existence and being with the children every day reminds her that it is a life worth living.
The job she initially took “just to support her family” has instead become an extension of her family. April made it a point to tell us that she loves her job, her supervisor and all the nannies she works with.