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During my recent trip to India, I visited the Baby Adoption Center, which is an orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life.  As always, the orphanage that specializes in getting infants adopted was amazingly clean and orderly. 

One of the ways success is measured for them is by working through the proper agencies and finding adoptive families for the babies.  Would you like to hear some of their unique stories?

Baby Adoption Center in India

The little girl in this photo is one of the children that has been adopted by a family from another country.  Her new forever home is in Italy!

Baby Adoption Center in India

The little girl in the photo above loves to be put in the cradle that swings.  From what I am told, she will go to sleep in about 2 minutes if she isn’t hungry!  She was found abandoned on the side of a road.  There were ants biting her on her cheek and one ear.  Thankfully, all of those marks have gone away!

Baby Adoption Center in India

This baby was abandoned, and she may have had a premature birth.  If I remember correctly, she only weighed about 3 pounds when she was discovered.  Now she is healthy and looking for a forever home!

There was one special needs baby at the orphanage during this visit, and to my knowledge, this is the first special needs baby they have had.  She has partial development of one hand and one arm, and one of her ears seems to lay flat against her head, but other than that, she appears to be healthy.

Thanks so much to the people supporting Global Partners in Life!  As you can see, our donors are having life changing impact on the lives of orphans around the world!

At the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life, there was a girl that had a huge smile that would make anyone who saw it happy.  Unfortunately, she is no longer there — she was one of the many children removed from the orphanage by the government, because she didn’t have any official registration and she had never been adopted. Would you like to meet her?

Another unfortunate thing about this little girl named Qi Qi is that she had spina bifida with the tethered spine syndrome. What all that meant was that she had a hole in her spine at birth, but it was surgically closed. Also, she had no feeling from her waist down, and she couldn’t walk well at all, and she had to wear a diaper, so she couldn’t attend school. Additionally, she would get sores on her lower body, like her foot that would never completely heal.

Many different medicines were tried to help her with this wound.  Both Eastern and Western medical approaches were tried, and sometimes the wound would almost heal, but then it would open again. Through all of the daily treatments and medicines, she never seemed to let this health issue get her down.

What is troubling to me is that now she has been removed from the special needs orphanage and I can’t learn how she is doing. I truly care for Qi Qi, but now that she is in the government’s care, I doubt I will ever see her again.

There is a new government program in China which guarantees orphans an education and medical treatments, and I have been told by an American doctor this program has been good so far. I do take comfort in that, but I would still love to see her smile again and know how she is doing. Watching her grow up and then suddenly she is gone has been difficult for Qi Qi, the lady that leads the special needs orphanage, and me! 

I am very thankful for the supporters of Global Partners in Life, who enabled us to provide for Qi Qi and meet her needs while she was at the special needs orphanage.     

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!