Archives For special needs orphans

Can you imagine how tired someone with over 60 years of age would be, after 24 years of providing care for as many as 33 special needs orphans in her 3-bedroom apartment? Wow, I know that is a lot to take in, but that is the case for our friend who leads the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life.  Would you like to meet her?

Care Provider at Chinese Orphanage

The photograph above shows one of the few times I have seen the director of the special needs orphanage sitting down. As you can see, bunk beds are a big help to her and the children, because they can hold many children and they save space. These bunk beds were actually donated to the orphanage after the leader played a huge role in a successful Special Needs Olympic event held in the city. The event grows annually as more and more people volunteer and participate! I am very thankful for all of the assistance she can receive! 

If my words about her being over 60 years old made you think she had some limitations on her due to her age, nothing could be farther from the truth. This photo was taken during my last trip to China in the first week of December — but during several of my warm weather trips, I have seen her jumping rope with the best of the rope-jumping children! Also, I have to give her credit for keeping her energy level up with not much sleep. She gets up several times during the night to check on the children.

To me, it is an honor to be affiliated with this loving special needs orphanage, and I am extremely thankful for everyone that contributes to Global Partners in Life, so we can meet the needs of these children that can’t provide for themselves! 

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!

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!

Let me introduce you to one of my young friends from the special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life in China. His name is Xiao Wei, and he is about 4 years old. Would you like to see him?

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Perhaps you can tell from the photo above that he likes to play, and he has a jovial disposition, but his story is a sad one. Xiao Wei was born with a twin sister, and they were premature. Unfortunately, when the twins were put in the oxygen chamber, the protection needed for their prolonged exposure to oxygen was put over his sister’s eyes, but not his. This exposure of his eyes to all of the oxygen has caused his blindness. He does, however, sense light.

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Xiao Wei has become much more vocal in the past year compared to his previous year or two at the orphanage. He likes to wrestle with the other boys, and he is without a doubt the best dancer there! When I visit, he recognizes my voice and will say, “Mom, is Beau here?” — which absolutely makes my day!

Global Partners in Life has been given his medical records and they have been given to an eye surgeon in America to review. Unfortunately, his medical needs were not addressed immediately, so for now, there is nothing that can be done. But I am happy to report that there is potentially a surgical procedure that can be performed when he is around 20 years old which could restore his vision! I would be thrilled if this actually can take place! It would be an honor to help this young fellow reach his potential and enjoy life to the fullest.

Thanks so much to the people that contribute to the work Global Partners in Life is doing! Your donations have helped many children like Xiao Wei to have the life-changing medical procedures they need and to have the highest quality of life as possible! 

At the special needs orphanage in China supported by the generous donors of Global Partners in Life, there is a very impressive little girl about 4 years old named Fei Bi. She has cerebral palsy, but has recently made many wonderful improvements! During my recent visit, I took some photos, so would you like to see her?

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What is impressive about Fei Bi is how well she is responding to physical therapy! Prior to her therapy, Fei Bi had to be strapped into her wheelchair, and about the only noise she made was when she screamed or when she would grind her teeth. Global Partners in Life is funding her therapy 5 days a week, and she receives many stretching exercises as well as acupuncture. The results from her treatments have been amazing!

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The first sign of improvement was Fei Bi being able to hold her head up without any assistance. That was followed by her being able to roll over all by herself! As you can see in the photo below, Fei Bi, from what I am told by those that are with her daily, is trying to become verbal. No longer does she scream like she is under some type of attack, but she is much more calm when she makes noises with her mouth!

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Now that Fei Bi is receiving treatments 5 days a week, I haven’t heard her grinding her teeth. Believe me, when she would grind her teeth, you could hear her from the next room!

Thanks to your generous donations, the quality of life is improving for Fei Bi, and those that provide care for her. I am sure for the other children it is more pleasant for them to be around her as well, so this is a win–win–win situation, all made possible because of your donations.

For those of you that choose to support Global Partners in Life, you can see how your gifts are having a huge impact on our little friends at the special needs orphanage! I can never thank you enough for that!

If you recall, a few years ago in China there was a fire in an independent, non-governmental orphanage fire and unfortunately multiple children perished. Shortly after that, the government said any province that had an orphan in an independent orphanage could bring the orphans back to their home orphanage where they are registered. This proved the government had a plan and were taking action.

So, the government workers and police came to the independent orphanages around the country, interviewed workers to make sure the level of care needed for the children was being met, and eventually removed some of the children from what was potentially the only home they had ever known. Unfortunately, the special needs orphanage we support had eleven children taken during this period, if my memory serves me correctly.

Currently, the environment in China is one where all rules and laws are being enforced. So, once again, some of the provinces are removing children from the independent orphanages, like the one supported by Global Partners in Life.

History Has Repeated Itself

If you remember Lei Zi, pictured here, he is a VERY active 4 year old boy that is full of life. He has been removed by his home province and placed in a government orphanage. Five other children from around the country were brought in with him. We have a friend that works in this orphanage, and the friend sent a video of Lei Zi, which was shown to me. He was wearing a shirt and a diaper and no pants. In the video, he was crying and saying “my mom,” meaning the leader of the special needs orphanage we support, “has pants for me.” For some reason, the new orphanage is making him wear a diaper and no pants. He is potty trained, so we don’t understand this.

As I said, history has repeated itself.  We have weathered this storm before, and we intend to persevere again.

As Global Partners in Life celebrates our fourteenth anniversary, we have many wonderful accomplishments to celebrate! Moving forward, we will need to be wise and informed as we serve the people we have been led to in China. 

A Gold Medal for the USA

February 28, 2018 — Leave a comment

With the Winter Olympics on our minds, I must brag and say thank you to my countrymen! No, not for our athletic accomplishments, but for your generosity! According to Wikipedia’s research for 2016, if you look at these 3 questions — have you helped a stranger, have you given to a charity, and have you volunteered your time for an organization — the USA came in as the second most generous nation in the world. If you look at the amount given, America was in first place! Do you want to know who was near the bottom?

One of the reasons the work of Global Partners in Life is so important in China is because their culture hasn’t been very involved with charities for very long. Unfortunately, China came in as the 140th most generous nation, and the horrible earthquake in 2008 was the first large-scale giving to charities for China.

During a recent visit to the special needs orphanage in China supported by Global Partners in Life, we saw a representation of American’s generosity. See some amazing gifts from Americans below!

A Gold Medal for the USA

The wheelchair above was an amazing gift for the young lady you see with it. Her hand is on a joy stick, and the wheelchair is a battery operated one, which helps so much with the difficulties our young friend has. She has a VERY severe case of scoliosis and dwarfism, her hips joints are out of the socket, she has had knee and club feet surgery, and she has a metal rod in one of her legs, so this version of a wheelchair helps her so much with her walking.

A Gold Medal for the USA

This particular wheelchair was designed especially for cerebral palsy patients, which our young friend using it has. It has many adjustments on it which will enable the wheelchair to fit her as she grows, and it has a tray to help with feeding and many other activities. One of the best things about this wheelchair is that you can adjust it to hold a person in a sitting upright position, which is very difficult for many people with cerebral palsy.

I don’t know exactly who provided these wheelchairs for the special needs orphanage, but I was told they were Americans! So, as I think about the Americans that contribute to our work in China, and see how an American provided the desperately needed wheelchairs, I am thankful to see how our country responds to those in need. Thanks to all of you who help strangers, give to charities, and volunteer!

You will never know how much your resources can mean for someone who can’t provide for themselves!

Everyone knows you have to maintain your home to retain the value and beauty… not to mention functionality. The same can also be said for your car. To enable your car to serve you at its highest level, you must do maintenance on it from time to time. As Global Partners in Life supports the children at the special needs orphanage in China, can you think of some things we need to maintain?  Yes, maintenance is required for the home and van, but things most of us don’t consider require maintenance also. Do you see anything in this photograph that may need repair?

Even Crutches Need Repairs

Not only did Global Partners in Life help this young lady in the pink get her crutches, but we also help her maintain them. This is a special type of crutch that has a cuff that goes around her forearm, which enables her to have more stability when she walks. She has used these crutches so much that the rubber tip which touches the floor had ripped and was torn. When you have spina bifada with a tethered spine syndrome, you don’t want the exposed metal end of the crutch you depend on to hit a tile floor and slip, causing you to fall!

Through the help of an American who has volunteered at this special needs orphanage, we were able to get replacement parts from the manufacturer. Also, I purchased a different type of tip in case the other parts didn’t work. I am happy to report that the crutches are now fully operational, and this young lady is able to use her crutches again without worrying about having them slip out from under her.

Thanks to all of you that donate to help us meet the needs of these truly dependent children! To learn more about the ways we serve children at the special needs orphanage in China, please visit our website at GlobalPartnersinLife.org.

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.”

I am very proud of the young man pictured below. He overcame tremendous challenges early in his life, and now he is soaring. The leader of the Chinese special needs orphanage supported by Global Partners in Life said that he was abandoned by his biological parents, and he had a horrible burn on his face. When the leader of the orphanage received him, they had to remove burned skin from over his eye so he could open it. He has also had skin grafts done, but still has scarring.

When he became old enough for school, the school system refused to enroll him as a student for two reasons. The school felt with the scars on his face, he would be a distraction to the other students in the class. Also, they felt it would be cruel to allow him to enroll, because all of the other students would pick on him and it would cause him psychological and emotional harm. I am thankful to report that the lady that leads the orphanage went to battle for him, and after sending many letters and having several meetings with education officials, our little friend was allowed to enroll!

One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

It has taken many years, but he has overcome his rough beginning! Last year he had the best math grades in his class, and this year he has the best overall grades! And to think that he was not going to be allowed to enroll in school!

I am so proud of him for doing so well with his school work, and also for overcoming other obstacles. The day the photo was taken, there were about twenty people in the room! Yes, we were making noise and playing with the other children, yet he not only chose to do his school work, but was also focused enough to tune out all of the distractions going on around him. One of the things Global Partners in Life does for this young scholar is to pay for his school fees, lunches, school uniforms, and school supplies. I would say we are seeing a great return on our investment!

If you want to help him to continue his success, please visit us at www.globalpartnersinlife.org and invest in his future!