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The Boy With A Bamboo Heart

The story of the street orphan who built a charity

The Boy With A Bamboo Heart is the inspiring story of Dr Amporn Wathanavongs. Orphaned at 6 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.


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Weltbild acquire German rights to Bangkok Boy
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Maverick House is pleased to announce it has sold the German translation rights to Bangkok Boy: The story of a stolen childhood, by Chai...

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Chapter One of The Boy With A Bamboo Heart
A picture of Dr Amporn taken circa 1963

Ban Sawai Jeek, 1941 MY MOTHER slipped away in the middle of the night without saying good-bye. Life trickled out of her over a...

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