FIVE children orphaned when their parents drowned on a fishing trip last Saturday began to pick up the pieces of their lives yesterday, even though their father's body is still missing. The boy and four girls returned to school after attending their mother's funeral in Macau on Wednesday. Mrs Ip Ng Kwai-ho was drowned after she tripped over a rope and fell overboard. Her husband, Mr Ip Kam-yau, dived in to rescue her but has not been seen since. The children were left with $1,600 in cash, and little else. But readers of the South China Morning Post have so far donated about $200,000 since their tragic story began on May 17. Their grandmother, Mrs Ip Ho Kwai-ho, who is taking care of the five, thanked the donors for their generosity. She said she could not imagine how the family would have survived without such assistance. ''It is amazing that so many people in the community came forward to offer help. I'm so thankful to them,'' the 73-year-old said at her Tuen Mun home. She said the money would be used to help pay for the children's education. The youngest girl, two-year-old Ip Mei-ling, will start kindergarten in September. The others - Sau-chun, 12, Kai-fai, 10, Mei-yee, nine, and Sao-i, seven - will continue their schooling as long as the family can support them. Their aunt, Miss Ip Ah-mui, said they ''pleaded for their mum to wake up . . . they are too young to understand what happened''. The youngsters were quiet yesterday about the loss of their parents. Sau-chun bustled around the others in the house, taking special care of the toddler, Mei-ling. Sau-chun said she wanted to stay at school. ''I am still at Primary Six and I don't know what I will do after that. I don't know. I have not been told. ''I think I'll go to secondary school,'' she said.