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A Girl Named Hope

October 31, 2017 — Leave a comment

Hope is a wonderful word for many reasons, and it is also a fantastic name. My time today will be spent telling about a young lady named Hope. She was legally adopted by the lady who runs the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life. Would you like to know some of her story?

Hope received a scholarship to go to a high school in America, where her English improved tremendously. I visited with her while she was in the States, and she told me she missed the children at the Home of Joy special needs orphanage. It was touching to me that a high-schooler in a foreign country would think about younger children back at her home.

After Hope graduated from high school, she returned to China, where the plan was for to find another scholarship so she would be able to attend college. Unfortunately, after much searching, there wasn’t a scholarship available for Hope. She was living at the Home of Joy helping with the children, when Grace, the lady who leads the special needs orphanage, asked her if she would be willing to become an employee, since they needed another worker to help with the children. Hope asked for 3 days to consider the offer, and I am sure she realized she would be a great candidate since she already knew the children and how to provide for them.

After one day, Hope told Grace she was ready to make a full time commitment to providing care for the children! Grace was happy — she didn’t have to train a new employee, and Hope could help the children with their school work.

One of the first things I saw when I walked into the Home of Joy during my last trip was Hope teaching some of the children vocabulary words! I was thrilled to see this, and I knew it was very beneficial for the children. Also, I was thankful to see the financial contributions Global Partners in Life receives from our fantastic donors was being put to such good use, as Hope was caring for and educating the children. In the photograph below, you will see in picture several aspects of what Global Partners in Life does for the special needs orphans we support. We provide for their care, the workers that meet the children’s needs, and the children’s education!

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Learn more about the orphans and orphanage at GlobalPartnersinLife.org!

Caution: Wet Paint!

September 29, 2017 — Leave a comment

Having recently returned from a trip to China, there is so much good news to report! At the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life we were able to see the impact of a special contribution we received. The support we received enabled us to wire money to the orphanage for having the interior walls painted. The lady that leads the orphanage was so excited that she had a painter lined up right away!

To my knowledge these walls haven`t been painted since it was initially built! With as many as 33 children living there at one time, you can imagine how many smudges and hand prints were on the walls. Also, before the walls were painted, if you touched one with your hand, you would have a chalky residue on your hand — but now the walls don`t leave any residue when you touch them.

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Here are some during and after photos. The day I was there it was raining and no lights were turned on, but I could tell as soon as I walked in that the walls were brighter. Since we have remodeled the bathroom and the kitchen, those walls having a fresh coat of paint on them made the rest of the house look that much worse, but at least now they are clean and bright!

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I feel so fortunate to know people that give generously to the work Global Partners in Life is doing in China, and I feel so thankful that together we can provide a better life for the children in so many ways. Yes, we provide for the children’s medical needs, food, care, education, and even a cleaner home to live in!

Want to help provide paint and other needed supplies? Visit Global Partners in Life to learn more!

Since the weather is so warm here, I thought I would share with you a story about how Global Partners in Life has tried to protect orphans from the cold. The story starts when I was teaching at a university in China. I learned of a fire in an illegal fireworks factory in a rural area about an hour from the university. Unfortunately, many people were trapped inside the burning building, and several children became orphans that day.

The village was in such a rural area that there was no orphanage to receive the children that had tragically just become orphans. To give credit to the people of China, local villagers welcomed the children into their homes, as did distant family members. A group of foreign teachers from the university decided we must assist the children, so we pooled our financial resources, and we kept the 20 orphans in school that year.

A Change in Seasons and Life

Since that fatal fire, Global Partners in Life was formed — but we never forgot our young friends. In fact, through your generous contributions, we continued to pay for the school fees, school supplies, coats, hats, gloves, and even gave some financial support to the families providing a home for the orphans. As you can see in the photograph above, they did receive new winter clothes!

Over the years and through your donations to Global Partners in Life, we met many of the educational and humanitarian needs of these children. Learning about these children’s situation was one of the many factors that changed my life from being self-focused into one that feels great joy and happiness in helping my new young friends.

Thank you so much for investing in the work of Global Partners in Life as we try to meet the needs of those than can’t provide for themselves.

Please visit our website at www.globalpartnersinlife.org to learn more!  

 

 

It Had to Happen

June 30, 2017 — Leave a comment

What happens when you give children toys that can use their imaginations to create their own objects with which to play? Of course, they make guns! Would you like to see the scene from a trip to China earlier this year, when Global Partners in Life provided some Lego-type toys for the children at the special needs orphanage we support?

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As you can see, the younger child has his gun, and he is trying to sneak up on the older child with his multi-colored gun! Not only are the toys entertaining to the boys, but the two girls in the background seem to be getting a laugh from the stealthy little boy!

This was a good day for the children at the orphanage and also for Global Partners in Life. Not only did the children receive some new toys to play with, but they also had a fun day full of laughs and smiles, and those laughs and smiles are what made it a good day for Global Partners in Life. We also provided financially for many of the children’s needs during this trip, and the joy we saw on the children’s faces was a great reward!

If you would like to help meet the needs of these playful children, please visit globalpartnersinlife.org and click on the donate button.

One of the things Global Partners in Life tries to do for the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide a wonderful environment in which they can live, grow, and flourish. I have an example of this captured in the photograph below. Can you guess what they are doing?

A Dance Off for the Ages

These two little boys are both almost four years old, and they are dancing! The boy in the red shirt has had two cleft pallet surgeries, and the boy in the beige shirt is blind. Actually, the blind boy doesn’t really act as if he is blind, based on how freely he walks around the apartment and takes care of himself.

If you look in the background of the picture, you can see that the girl in the pink shirt is laughing at the boys as they dance. I am very comfortable in saying that these two young boys provide hours and hours of entertainment for her.

I am so thankful to see these two guys dance and enjoying themselves as they are doing in the photo above.

If you would like to help us provide for them, please visit www.globalpartnersinlife.org and click on “Donate Now.”

One of the many ways Global Partners in Life serves the children at the special needs orphanage we support in China is to provide for their daily needs. Yes, we also provide for their medical needs, educational needs, and the workers that take care of them; but one of the things I enjoy doing for them is just a simple trip to the grocery store. Would you like to know what is purchased for them?

Almost always I purchase school and office supplies, and I always provide diapers . . . lots of diapers. Sometimes I will purchase rice, and I frequently purchase cleaning supplies. Something the children also enjoy is when I bring them toys, puzzles, games, and outdoor equipment, and I always purchase some of those items.

One of the things I enjoy purchasing for the children is beef, which is very expensive in China; so they rarely eat it, but they like it very much. On my last trip, I met a very friendly lady in the meat section of the grocery store, and she was willing to let me photograph her. She was wearing an interesting hat, not one of the normal white hair nets most people wear.

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

This nice lady was working very close to a display of pig snouts, but she didn’t try to get me to buy any of them. Don’t worry — I didn’t buy any for the children!

A Simple Trip to the Grocery Store

So, as you can see, one of the many ways Global Partners in Life helps provide for the children is by a simple trip to the local grocery store!

Today I wanted to share with you about Fei Bi, the youngest child at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life. Granted, she is only two years old — but she is quite large for her age, and she has an enormous appetite.  Would you like to see a picture of her from my last trip?

Would You Like to Help Me?

Unfortunately, Fei Bi has cerebral palsy, which means she requires much more care than most of the other children at the orphanage, which puts a strain on the staff. As I mentioned, she has a large appetite; but she can’t feed herself, so one of the workers has to feed her. Fei Bi can’t dress herself or take herself to the restroom, so all of these daily events require assistance from someone else that is capable of correctly helping our little friend.

Global Partners in Life is trying to provide the funding for Fei Bi, and all the other children at the special needs orphanage, to have another worker there to administer the attention they need.

Everything has to be done for Fei Bi, because she can’t brush her teeth, bathe herself, wash her clothes, or prepare the meals she enjoys so much.

If you would like to invest in the enhancements of the lives of the children at the special needs orphanage, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and make a life-changing contribution. 

Thanks to the contributions received from the very generous donors to Global Partners in Life, we were able to provide many gifts for the children at the special needs orphanage we support. Right after our Christmas, the children prepared to celebrate their lunar new year called Chun Jie, I was able to provide them with toys to play with while they are out of school.  Would you like to see them?

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

Some of the toys could fly, some could bounce, and some others were stackable. It is always interesting and fun to see how the children will play with their new toys. Unfortunately, it snowed that day, so some of the toys — like a badminton set — couldn’t be used immediately.

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

Some toys even come with their own containers, so that helps with keeping all of the pieces together. This also helps with the cleaning process. Speaking of the cleaning process, I got a cute surprise when it was time to clean up the toys, as you can see in the photograph below.

Who Wants to Volunteer to Clean Up?

One of the younger boys lined up all of the balls and loaded them in his wheelbarrow to do his part in participating with the cleanup. He was actually the one who made the most noise and biggest mess with the toys, so it was amazing to see him using other toys to help clean up. He was a smart little guy, and he had a good day… thanks to our wonderful donors!

To learn more about the orphans we support, visit GlobalPartnersinLife.org!

Have you ever had a great distraction? Maybe you are watching a ball game and a friend comes over with cookies, now that would be a great distraction… as long as they ring the doorbell during a commercial!

This charming little guy is having one of those moments, and it is so funny to watch him approach it. A friend of mine was at the special needs orphanage to take some of the children who were physically able to ice skate to the local rink in a mall. The children were lining up to get their shoes and coats, when I came in with bags of gifts I had purchased for the children. Although this fellow is young, he knows I come with gifts, toys, and food. He really isn’t interested with the cleaning supplies, toiletries, and diapers.

Have you ever had a moment of great distraction?

As you can see, his body is lined up to go to the door and get his shoes, but his eyes are focused on the large bags of goodies I had for them. He was all ready to go ice skating, but his mind was saying, hey, let’s check out what Beau has for us this time!

The ice skating was only delayed a little bit while the items I brought were tucked away in a place where all of the little hands couldn’t get to them. Do you wonder if he was thinking about what was in the bags back home while he was ice skating?

Thanks so much for your donations which enabled me to be able to make the purchases for the children!

I am so thankful for the people that have a heart for the young children living at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, and who work so hard to meet their needs.

As you can imagine, it takes a special person to deal with the challenges of having so many children living in the same apartment, not to mention their special needs. I would get very frustrated quickly if I worked there — but not my friends. I have learned that they have a little secret which not only helps them, but inspires them as well. Would you like to know what their secret is?

It Takes Less Than A Generation

Actually, their secret isn’t a what, but a who.

In the photograph above, the boy on the left needed a lot of help just a few years ago with daily issues, but now he is the one helping his younger brother and sisters who are living with him at the special needs orphanage. The boy on the right is blind, and he needed help while we were doing an activity. I can tell you from first-hand experience that the children are very patient with each other when they are helping.

Granted, kids will be kids — and sometimes when they are playing they can get irritated with one another — but how encouraging it must be for the workers to see a child that they once helped helping a younger orphan living with them!

As you can see, this orphanage, the children, and the adults working there have a sweet spirit about them. That is why it is so easy and rewarding for those of us who chose to get involved to assist our younger friends.

Would you care to join us?  Visit http://globalpartnersinlife.org/ to learn how you can help!