Monday, January 9, 2017

Overheard at Dew Drops Little Flower

When newborn babies arrive in this world, they are so small and vulnerable. They have to be taken care of by adults and need 24/7 continuous love and care. It is important that they eat and sleep well, pee and poop regularly, and do not have diaper rashes!

Solex donated some very nice, soothing wipes for the OCF Dew Drops children. Through their work, they hold that their wipes are not merely wipes, but will contribute to the child's growth and well-being.

Our friends, Ms. Li and Ms. Zhang delivered stages 1, 2, and 3 wipes and special hospital-use wipes. These wipes should last about a month for all 30 of the children in Dew Drops. Solex will continue to donate their wipes for the next five months! OCF Dew Drops children enjoyed their wonderful visit by doing some exploring!

Hua to Di and Fei: "Look guys, we are surrounded by love!"

Di to the others: "How about that, we are surrounded by love!"

Hua to Di and Fei: "These wipes are a donation from our friends at Solex."


After having some fun, let’s put these back in the box and store them in the warehouse. Look at Hua and Ci; how determined to help!

Hua knows how to put these back nicely!

He is so proud of his work! 

He has been suffering diaper rashes due to complications from his intestinal defects. He is so happy to have these special wipes just for kids like him. Thank you! 

When everyone gives a little love, we can all make the world a better place. He has a big grin because of people like you and our friends at Solex!

There are other kids here who also need all of our help. Will you give a little love to provide a chance at life for these orphans?

Thursday, May 1, 2014

May 2014 Featured Child: Bai

This month, we’re featuring Bai, a five-year-old from Little Flower’s Group Home #6. He arrived at Little Flower in November 2012, diagnosed with developmental delays. When he first arrived, he couldn’t speak very clearly, knew only very simple words, and had trouble expressing his thoughts out loud. In terms of our approach to his treatment, we determined that he would need some help with his language skills and overall development. Luckily, he’s had both the engaging environments of the Little Flower Early Education Center and his Group Home family to help him develop quite rapidly, not just with his language skills, but also his social and interpersonal skills. Though he still has a ways to go, he has shown vast improvement since his arrival.

When he first arrived, he was extremely shy and didn’t have many conversations with others. Today, he’s much more outgoing and likes to talk with his school friends and other siblings from Little Flower Group Home #6. Group Home #6’s foster dad actually comes to the school each day to cook lunch for the kids, and Bai loves seeing him there everyday. Bai is actually quite similar in personality to his foster dad. They’re both very easygoing and love to make others laugh. Here's a photo of Bai with is foster mom:

At the moment, Bai is the third oldest of five siblings in his group home. The others are Ji, Ling, Ya, and Tao. He gets along with his siblings very well. Since he has two younger sisters, he’s grown to experience what it’s like to be an older brother and help look after them.

Well actually, his foster sister Ya, who attends the Little Flower school with him, can sometimes play tricks on him, which may make her seem like the older one. Bai is a very generous kid, who doesn’t mind sharing what he has with others or helping out with chores.

At home one day, the kids were all eating fruit. Each of them had four pieces, and Ya gobbled hers down first. She asked Bai for a piece, and he said, “sure!” But when he turned around, Ya had gobbled down everything!

The Little Flower teachers report that Bai is one of the most active students at the Early Education Center. He loves playing outdoors, running, jumping, digging holes and climbing all over the playground.

He’s full of curiosity and also has a rich imagination. He loves Kung Fu, and can be found having a bunch of imaginary adventures just during the forty-five minutes of recess.

One day, he picked up a couple of sticks and pretended they were a bow and arrow. He darted around the schoolyard for the rest of recess, pretending he was a little archer, off to save the day.

Recently, we found that Bai was having some trouble seeing. This led to a trip to the eye doctor and Bai’s first pair of glasses. He loves his glasses, and is very happy now that he doesn’t have to squint to see. Each day at naptime, he takes the initiative to find a teacher to keep his glasses safe while he’s sleeping, and then collects them after waking up. He can often be found peering over his spectacles like an old wise man.

Speaking of which, little Bai can’t wait to grow up. At naptime some days, when the younger kids sleep and many of the older kids choose to go to the art room to draw, he often sneaks into the art room with his older classmates.

And whenever the students line up to go outside, they organize themselves into two lines: one for the younger kids, and one for the older kids. This little guy refuses to go to the little kid line, and adamantly takes his place alongside the older students.

When he heard about Yang, Shu, and Gong transferring to the Beijing International Bilingual Academy, known colloquially among the Early Education Center kids as, “the big kids’ school,” he immediately wanted to go.

Little Bai took the matter up with his teacher Maria. He walked up to her and announced, “I want to go to the big kids’ class!” Maria patiently explained that he would have to wait before he could attend.

What did Bai do next? He took a little stroll around the room, and a couple minutes later, he approached Maria again. “Okay, I’ve done my waiting. Now can I go?”

Bai has a forever family coming to adopt him soon. He recently received a package with photographs of his family from the United States. He’s very proud and excited to go to America. We’re sure that his imagination and ambition will take him very far when he gets there!

Monday, November 4, 2013

Leaping into the future with strong feet and a big smile!

We are happy to report that Little Hong is ready to stride out into the world! He arrived at Little Flower in July as a 4-month-old with club feet and a cleft lip. Now, he is a strong and healthy little boy looking forward to a hopeful future. He left our Beijing baby home last week, and is now waiting for his forever family.
During his stay at the baby home, we helped him to heal his feet and prepare for an easier road into the future. In July, Hong was given surgery to correct his club foot and had to wear braces all day and night for 3 months. The process can be difficult, but keeping his feet immobile was important to allow for the healing process.

By the end of September, Hong could start using his feet again. Since then, he only needs to wear the braces at night. Over the past month, he underwent a very rapid healing process and his new mobility is impressive; we think he has almost made up for those miles he missed during the previous 3 months! He has now learned how to use his feet to crawl, to turn his body, and to play…and play he does!

It's amazing to see Hong now able to sit by himself, crawl faster than any other kid in the room, and stretch out like an acrobat. Along with the increased mobility, one can sense from him the joy he has during this period of self-discovery with every day that passes. We're sure he will keep up the pace during his next steps in life!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Our Blog Has a New Home!

As some of you may have seen on our Facebook feed, our new website at has officially gone live! Our blog is now integrated with the website, and we're so excited to share more information with you on both our site and our all in one convenient place.

For the latest updates from our blog, as well as all past blog posts, head to the new site here

November 2013 Featured Child: Baby Jia (It's Preemie Month!)

November's featured child, Jia, is a great example of how we care for premature babies at the Little Flower infant care homes, and how simple monthly donations can make a huge difference in saving a child's life.

Almost a year ago to the day, an orphanage called and told us that they had a tiny premature baby to send to us. It was by no means the first time we’d received a call like that, as we deal with preemies on a day-to-day basis. These infants, who were born early and didn’t have a full term to grow, are some of the most fragile babies in our care. They require constant monitoring to help them maintain a stable body temperature, develop healthy lungs, put on weight, and steadily grow stronger day by day.
In November of last year, tiny Jia arrived at our Beijing Infant Care Home. He weighed just 1.37 kilograms, or about 3 pounds. It’s hard to imagine a baby that small, isn’t it? At that size, the baby isn’t much bigger than your hands! Here's our very first photo of the little guy:
November 20, 2012

You can see, with one of our medical staff's hands in the shot, just how small this tiny baby was. That diaper he's wearing is preemie-sized, and it still resembles a potato sack on him!
We soon noticed that Jia’s head looked oddly large in comparison to the rest of his body. Although this is often the case with preemies, the difference was notably greater in this little guy. We started to suspect that he might have had a case of hydrocephalus, a condition in which the infant has an abnormal collection of fluid in the brain. One phone call later, we’d consulted a neurosurgeon, described little Jia, and from the description, the doctor had agreed with our suspicions.

We rushed him to the hospital to do a scan checking for hydrocephalus.
But, to everyone's utter surprise, the scan came back negative.
Just to make sure, we did the scan again at a different hospital (we’re nothing if not thorough). And again, the test came back negative. So it wasn’t hydrocephalus after all…
So what was it?
November 20, 2012

As it turned out, Jia has Russell-Silver Syndrome, a form of dwarfism characterized by normal growth of the head, but slow growth in the rest of the body before and after birth.
Mystery solved, the goal then (as is the goal with all of our preemies) was to grow him bigger and stronger. We kept him in an Embrace infant warmer for a while to help his tiny body maintain a stable temperature.
November 25, 2012

He was very weak, and it was a daily struggle to help him thrive. He was on a feeding tube, but it was very difficult to get him to eat as much as he needed.

November 26, 2012

As you can see, even the little preemie clothes were way too big for him!

December 1, 2012

Soon enough, however, he began to grow bigger (and even cuter!). And it wasn't the result of any kind of surgery or expensive medical procedure. It was all the result of simple, intensive nursing care and love from our staff.

December 2, 2012

December 21, 2012

Jia's nannies watched him closely every day, and our medical staff monitored his progress.

December 31, 2012

His eyes grew brighter, and his face a little chubbier.

January 10, 2013

Look at those rosy cheeks!

May 23, 2013

June 17, 2013

We eventually got him off the feeding tube and eating on his own at last. It wasn't long before he was moving out of the preemie room and into the room for our bigger kids to laugh, crawl, and play with his buddies. Notably, he also became one of our baby home's winners of the Most Photogenic Baby Award, with his bright eyes and little smile.

August 2, 2013

There he is crawling toward the camera for his close-up!

September 4, 2013

A full year later, Jia is doing great. He's recently gone to another infant care home in his home province, all in preparation for adoption. A happy ending to a year-long journey.

October 2, 2013

Jia is a great example of how basic intensive care and monitoring is often all that's needed to save a baby’s life. It’s not always surgery, complex medical procedures, and hospital visits that are necessary for effective treatment.

We treated Jia at home, and other than those initial two hospital visits for the scans that turned out not to be hydrocephalus, our staff was able to provide everything he needed.
With nearly 150 nannies and care staff working around the clock--24 hours, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, we can save so many babies simply by providing what we’re capable of in our infant care home. Jia alone had several nannies working three 8-hour shifts each day, along with our baby home staff members and medical volunteers looking in on him.
Surgeries are a huge expense and a very important part of what we do for our kids. But what people don’t always realize is that it's these daily expenses--our nannies' salaries, medical staff, supplies, medicine, equipment--that are often at the heart of what we do. For about $800/month, you can save a child's life. And we’re doing that over and over again—especially with the infants in our preemie unit.
Jia's not a tiny little bean in a giant preemie diaper anymore. He's a healthy boy awaiting his forever family. All of us here at Little Flower are so happy to have seen him through his first year of life.
And we're so excited to have shared his story with all of you--our amazing supporters.
Check back on our blog for more information on our preemie unit this month. We'll be featuring a few more stories from our preemie rooms and some interesting posts about caring for these tiny infants.