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A New Orphanage in India

February 28, 2019 — Leave a comment

As I mentioned in a previous blog, I recently had my first visit to India. The day before I left, the friend I was meeting there notified me that there was a newborn baby at the orphanage they were taking me to see. This baby had been delivered behind some bushes in a local public park, and then just left there. I was asked to bring some necessary items for the baby, which I quickly went out to purchase. Would you like to see her?

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When this photo was taken, she was about 2 weeks old! The orphanage she is in was recently opened, and they are already doing amazing things! They are fully staffed, and are already running out of room. They can only have 10 children there at one time, and they have been successful in seeing many of the children under their care adopted by loving families! Would you like to see more from this new orphanage?

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This new orphanage is very clean and organized, and the staff seems to truly love the children. I am thankful and honored to say that Global Partners in Life is now financially supporting this orphanage!

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In the photo above, you can see some of the children that have had life-saving care provided for them at this orphanage! I was quite impressed with the leaders, caregivers, and the facility. Thanks to the people that give generously to Global Partners in Life, these children had a place where they can receive the care, food, love, and nurturing they need 24 hours a day!

 

A Heartwarming Moment

January 30, 2019 — Leave a comment

There is a young boy named Xiao Wei at the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. He is about five years old, and he is blind . . . but I don’t think he knows it. He constantly amazes me by how well he can walk and function inside the orphanage. He loves to dance and wrestle with his friends, and he has a very soft and sweet voice. Would you like to meet him? In the photograph below he is actually dancing!

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When I was there in December, I asked him in Chinese if he knew my name. With his innocent voice, he clearly said Beau. I gave him a hug and congratulated him and I was patting his shoulder when he took my hand. He had never done that before with me, but I could tell he wanted to lead me. We walked around the orphanage, and he led the entire way!

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My apologies for the poor quality of the picture above, but I was walking, holding Xiao Wei’s hand, and trying to take the picture with my left hand. Yes, I am right handed. Hopefully you can tell this is Xiao Wei leading me around his home, and I couldn’t have been happier!

The main reason I was at the special needs orphanage that day was to provide financial support for the children and the staff. Through the contributions of our generous donors, Global Partners in Life keeps the children who can go to school in school. We pay for their school fees, lunches, books, supplies, and uniforms. Also, we pay for the children’s food, utilities, toiletries, and the salaries of their caregivers. On this day I also provided Christmas gifts for the children! It was a fantastic day for all of us!

The donors of Global Partners in Life truly came through for the special needs orphans in China! Through their generous contributions, together we were able to provide for the children and staff in many ways! Would you like to see some of them?

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In the photograph above, you can see some of the toys, diapers, and clothes purchased for the children. The main request for gifts this year was for new warm clothes, since the children’s old clothes were worn and thin.

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As you can see, blue jeans, coats, and jackets were purchased for the children during my trip in December. It was eleven degrees below zero Fahrenheit when I was in the city, so warm clothes are critical!

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Out of all of the toys that were given to the children that day, I think the yo-yos were the biggest hit. These yo-yos were special, because they had some type of a plastic device you could insert into the center and then wrap the string around it. With the plastic device in place, the children could have the yo-yo spin in hesitation mode for a very long period of time, which enabled them to do some pretty cool tricks!

When I entered the orphanage, the leader and children came to greet me. Many of them were speaking and the leader started laughing. She told me that one of the children asked if I had brought them anything to eat, since I always bring them some chocolate from America. Obviously, I quickly passed out the miniature chocolate candy bars!

It was great seeing my young friends again! I am very thankful for the many gifts from our donors which enabled the children to have a great Christmas! We were also able to provide for the children’s food, utilities, toiletries, cleaning supplies, medical needs, and for the caregivers that serve the children daily.

This is what we can do when we come together for an important cause!

Having recently returned from a visit with our friends at the special needs orphanage, I wanted to give you some ideas about what your donations do that you don’t see. It is easy to see a caregiver at the orphanage, or an improved condition when a child has a medical procedure. And it is easy to see the children dressed up in their school uniforms, and to see them growing from the food we purchase for them, but there is more to see than immediately meets the eye. Would you like to see what I am referencing?

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The Unseen Impact of Your Contributions - BeauSides.com

Through the generosity of our donors, on this last trip I was able to provide some simple gifts for the children! Yes, Play-dough seems to be popular with children of all ages. As you can tell from the photos above, when you are one of the youngest children, you get to model the custom earrings and hats.

It was quite pleasing to see that some of the older children were enjoying playing with the Play-dough, even if they were a little mischievous with it! In the photo below, one of the older boys made a perfectly formed dumpling. Unfortunately, my photo doesn’t reveal all of the details!

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As you can see from these photos, your contributions do much more than provide medical treatments, food, and utilities for the children. On this day, very close to when the new school year was starting, it gave the younger and older children smiles on their faces — and to me, that is priceless!

I can’t thank our donors enough for the joy they spread to my young friends in China, even on a day when they were just hanging out waiting for the start of a new school year.

Your donations to Global Partners in Life are used to assist the special needs orphanage we support in many ways. During my last trip to China, I was able to take a photograph of the process that starts with our donors. Would you like to see what I mean?

It All Started With You

Through your contributions and a special organization’s help, we remodeled the kitchen and now the children can have a healthier diet, and the kitchen functions better for the people working in it. Most importantly, since they now have a dishwasher, the dishes and silverware are sterilized — and when one child gets sick, no longer do all of the children get sick.

Global Partners in Life uses contributions to provide the food for the children. As you can see in this picture, noodles were being prepared that day. By the way, the hands you see preparing the noodles belong to the brother-in-law of the lady that leads the special needs orphanage. He has a special needs son that lives at home, so his level of commitment to the children at the orphanage is amazing and inspirational.

As the process continues, you have provided for the electricity used to cook the children’s meals. Since the children are receiving nutrition, they are growing to be as healthy as possible considering their preexisting conditions. Your gifts are also used to pay for the school fees, lunches, uniforms, and school supplies for the children that are physically able to attend school.

For the children that are too young or physically unable to attend school, your contributions are used to pay for the care givers that are taking care of the children. Also, you are paying for the medical procedures, doctor visits, and therapy needed by the children!

Thanks to our generous donors, the children have running water in their home, clothes to wear, cleaning supplies for the workers, and this past Christmas all of the children received a warm pair of shoes to wear.

To our donors, I will never be able to say thank you enough for enabling the children to have their needs met since they can’t provide for themselves!

I recently returned from another trip to China in which I got to visit the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life. As soon as I entered the orphanage, I saw a young face I didn’t recognize, so I inquired about him. Would you like to see him?

The Newest Orphan of Many

He had only been there for a few days when I arrived, and he has an incomplete story. Apparently a local pastor got involved in trying to help him, so the pastor brought him to Grace. We are not completely sure about his past, but his parents seem to have many issues facing them, and it wasn’t a good environment for the little boy. To my knowledge, our new friend isn’t registered, so he doesn’t have a “Hokou,” which is like our Social Security Card. From what I was told, nobody is completely sure about his name, which is very sad when you think about it!

The Newest Orphan of Many

Unlike the other children, he has no health problems that we are aware of, and he enjoys playing . . . especially with balloons! He was slightly on the shy side, but I can certainly understand that with his background, not to mention there was some foreigner in his new home that day.

The leader of the special needs orphanage said she didn’t think she would keep him for very long. I don’t know if that has to do with something the pastor told her, previous experience, or her gut feeling — but for now, through the donations we receive, we are providing for our new little friend . . . whatever his name is!

Want to help more orphans like this? Visit globalpartnersinlife.org to learn more!

During my recent visit to the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, we delivered Christmas gifts, and I received a nice surprise. There was a lady working there whom I had never seen before, so I asked the lady that leads the orphanage who she was. Her answer was a wonderful surprise for me to hear.

A new worker has been hired, and her name is Li. Her salary is paid by the very generous donors supporting Global Partners in Life, and I am so thankful the children have another worker there to care for them. We have been supporting the orphanage for 11 years, and I have always felt more workers were needed, so this was a wonderful surprise for me. Would you like to meet Li?

What Do You Find Worthy of a Celebration?

Li had gone to the hospital many times to take Fei Bi, the 4 year old girl with cerebral palsy, for medical attention and therapy. After observing the physical therapy, Li decided she could replicate the therapy for Fei Bi at the orphanage. Would you like to see Li in action?

What Do You Find Worthy of a Celebration?

This is one of the many exercises Li does with Fei Bi, and Fei Bi seems to enjoy them. In the past, Fei Bi would scream out randomly, and on this visit I never heard her screaming at all. Here is some huge news regarding the progress of Fei Bi. She can now hold her head up for a few seconds by herself! Previously, she could never hold her head up at all. This may not sound like much progress for most of you — but believe me, it is worthy of a celebration when you work with the children daily!

As you can see, your donations to Global Partners in Life are having life changing results in China!

 

In an era when most children have an extremely long Christmas wish list filled with expensive electronics, it was extremely humbling to hear the leader of the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life say that all she wanted for the children’s Christmas was shoes — warm shoes. It was equally exciting to provide for this need!

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Thanks so much to the donors of Global Partners in Life, who provided the funds for the warm shoes, as well as many other gifts for the children. It was a powerful moment for me to see a child that struggles to walk get excited about trying on their new shoes and walking in them!

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It was amazing that some of the children even wrote and drew thank you notes, which you can see below. In my many years of going to the special needs orphanage and providing gifts, this may have been the first time the children created thank you notes!

A Special Request for Christmas

This request for warm shoes refreshed my memory on how much we have to be thankful for and how much we take for granted. I have often said that these children are my teachers, because they show me how to be happy and content in all situations. They have been abandoned by their parents, have physical disorders, and yet the smallest things make them very happy and content. I truly need to be more like them!

Thanks so much to the people that support my young teachers and the work of Global Partners in Life!

For many years, I have been afraid that some of the old furniture at the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life had lead-based paint on some of the furnishings. When I would ask about it, I was told they did not — but I still had my suspicions. Take a look below at some of the cribs, and tell me if you would you agree?

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I am very thankful to report that, through the very generous contributions of our supporters, Global Partners in Life has been able to provide new furniture for these needy children. The leader of the special needs orphanage likes the new furniture very much, and she says it is very high quality furniture made in Shanghai. Have a look for yourself and see if you think this is an improvement!

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The wood was strong and sturdy, and these cribs have storage right under the mattress. Believe me, storage at an orphanage is a great thing to have!

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These new high chairs are also constructed of strong wood, and they were designed to serve more than one purpose. With various options for folding the high chairs, they can also become a table or a bench. Options are always wonderful!

We at Global Partners in Life are very thankful for your donations which enable us to provide for the special needs orphans and meet their many needs.

Please consider contributing to our work in China at www.globalpartnersinlife.org!

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!