2019: Changing Focus
In the 20 years we’ve been caring for Jiangxi orphans, the situation in the orphanages has changed a lot. Most recently, there has been a move by the Jiangxi provincial government towards regionalization. This has meant a decrease in foster children and a massive increase in the needs of the Social Welfare Institute to provide physical rehabilitation and special education. So our focus is changing to help meet those needs.
The children who have moved to regional facilities no longer need foster care sponsorship, but they still urgently need our financial support. We want to spotlight specific children who need rehab services and ask you to sponsor one or more of them.That way, we can raise money to hire physical therapists and special education teachers, and still connect you with individual children to support and love as you follow their development.
Where centralization is happening, we are working to find ways to hire rehab professionals and/or develop professional skills in existing staff. Right now we’re doing this in four main ways:
1. Raising money to hire new, trained staff
2. Organizing trips to take U.S. professionals to train existing staff
3. Offering you the opportunity to sponsor specific children for their rehab needs: a collective method of paying for staff and training
4. Increasing the number of Hugging Grannies at the SWIs receiving children from the smaller orphanages and continuing their training, especially in rehab techniques
Of course, all of this depends entirely on generous people like you. Thanks for your support, and please help us spread the word!
One Time or Occasional Projects
As donations are received for other orphanages we check with those orphanages to see what their current greatest need is and make a one time donation to them for this need. If you have a specific Jiangxi orphanage you woud like to help, and perhaps others that would like to donate with you, we can check with that orphanage so see what their needs are.
Examples of needs met include formula, clothes washing machines, an incubator, air conditioner, winter clothing, and rehab equipment.