When China Connection first visited
China's state-run orphanages in 1989, China's Christian-initiated
Amity Foundation and we realized that there were numerous ways we
must help. At that point, China was just beginning to recover from
the decade-long Cultural Revolution. Funds were scarce. Workers
were untrained. Children stood silently in their metal cribs, bundled
against the cold of warehouse-type rooms. Meanwhile staff did their
paperwork in an adjoining room. Stark "silence" and "children"
do not go well together.
First Amity, our China partner, provided
extra clothing, food and vitamins. Then they recruited Christian
Grannies whose volunteer time daily job is simply to hug and hold
the children and love them in any tangible way. What a difference
this makes! Today these hugging Grannies remain the cornerstone
of Amity's orphan program in more than 75 orphanages across China.
These Grannies bond with the little ones so that when they are adopted
- half within China, half outside of China - the children are capable
of bonding well with their adoptive parents.
Today these orphanages receive more
state support and volunteer contributions from within China. Buildings
are often in very good condition. But various needs of the little
ones still require our substantial help.
China Connection helps support this
important ministry, with the great assistance of Alternative Gifts
International in the USA. Our orphan program has expanded to provide
medical care, corrective surgeries, physical rehabilitation, school
fees, and foster care.
You can care for an orphan in
China for just $4 a month -- $48 for the whole year!
times past, China's elderly lived their remaining years with their
children to care for them. But this social system has broken down
as young people think more about making money. Many elderly are not
able to care for themselves. Increasingly the need for "Elder
Hostels" is a necessary solution to the problem.
Ms. Xu's Elder Hostel: Ms.
Xu is an Elder at the Huaiyin Church where she sings in the choir.
She and her husband built a three-story home as a wedding present
for her son. Alas, her son was killed by a robber before the wedding
took place. After grieving for a while, Ms. Xu noticed that there
were a growing number of elderly who had no one to care for them.
She told her husband that they should move into the new house .
. . to care for their first group of needy elderly people. So far
she has taken care of 27. Currently there are 12 living with them.
Unless there is outside funding, Ms. Xu pays for all of their expenses,
including medical, and she is running out of personal funds. China
Connection donors have recently helped her, and we will continue
to do so - with your help.
Your gift of any amount will help
Ms. Xu and her new "best friends" who have no one else
to care for them. As you look at each face in the photo below, you
will see how Ms. Xu's confidence and upbeat attitude encourages
the same in her friends!
the Aged in Nanjing: This
is a project that was initiated by Southern Baptist friends. We
are channeling funds to the Amity Home in Nanjing for use in the
care of the elderly.
Your gift of any amount will be
put to good, and careful, use!
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