Our troubles did not end in Bali. For almost one year, I shuttled between two households in two countries to train a tiny team of inexperienced, but loving, carers. Yet Sebastien was still exploding with self-injury and aggression once every three weeks.

However, thanks to the support of Dr. Antonio Rinaldi, a clinical psychologist from Italy and Sari Hati School, we would discover that what Sebastien needed could be found in a simple village existence. Learning and living in a tranquil village are all about love and harmony, not performance and expectations. This gave him the peace and acceptance he could not find in Singapore.

Only time will tell, but the approach of helping poor villagers by training them to help their counterparts with special needs could hold the seeds of the social solution that A Mother's Wish is seeking for.

An Unexpected Sanctuary

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