Saturday, August 19, 2017

Will You Love Me Again?


“Mothers are the best in the world. Having a mother is like having a treasure.” These are some famous lines from a Chinese children’s song that inspires anyone who listens to it. However, not every child has the opportunity to have a mother. Sometimes mothers have to make the difficult decisions of how to provide medical care to their children without any resources or without an understanding of the medical problem. Other mothers struggle to fight for their children for a long time and ultimately make the heartbreaking decision to give them up, hoping they will receive a better life elsewhere. These are very tearful and difficult decisions for a mother to make.

We have a few children who already had one or two surgeries before being abandoned. These babies were cared for by their families but ultimately were given up when the family had no other method for providing continuous medical care.





For example, few days old Yu was found with a large scar on his abdomen indicating that he had been examined by a doctor to figure out what was wrong with him. Although it was the summer when he was abandoned, he was still wrapped in a blanket and a beanie to keep him warm and comfortable.




Zhuo, another child born with anal atresia and abandoned when he was only a few days old, was also found with a scar on his abdomen. He was slightly jaundiced and his oxygen saturation levels were very low when he was found by his orphanage.






Little Xia also has a similar story. He was born with anal atresia and when he was found, he too had a scar on his abdomen. 






Lastly, one year old Yu, had already had her first surgery for anal atresia when she was left at an orphanage. She had a large wound on her abdomen that was healing slowly. It is hard to imagine what she has experienced in her short life already.   






Although these precious children were born with birth defects, they were once the treasure of their families. Their families loved them and tried to provide medical care for them. But for factors unknown, these children were eventually abandoned. Now, it is up to us to provide specialized care and love for each of these children.




Here is a recent picture of little Yu. Initially, he often had diarrhea but, now, we have identified the problem and have treated him. When he turns 6 months old, he will be ready for his next surgery.







After over a month of specialized monitoring and care, we identified little Zhuo’s gastrointestinal issues and heart issues. Once he is a bit older, he will also be ready for his surgery to correct his GI related issues. We also discovered that he has a heart murmur. For now, his heart condition doesn’t need surgery, but we are monitoring him closely.



Little Yu and Xia both have suffered with multiple fevers and infections. They both need a few more surgeries to help them become strong!


Xia says “We are both stubborn little babies. We are not going to give up on our life! Will you love us and then we can show you how we will grow big and strong!”


Thursday, August 10, 2017

2017 Fundraising Campaign





2017 Fundraising Campaign


This year Dew Drops Little Flower has once again been invited to participate in a special Tencent Public Fundraising campaign where every dollar donated will be matched. Last year we raised over $210,000 through this campaign. Will you consider making a special one time donation in support of Dew Drops Medical fund?

HOW IT WORKS:

  • Every donation is matched.
    Example: If you donate $30, Tencent Public will also donate $30 to us.
  • Campaign Dates: Now to September 3rd, 2017.
  • You simply make an online donation via the PayPal button below and we will process it so that it gets matched by Tencent Public.
  • You can start donating today! However, donations that come in after September 3rd, will not be matched.
Are you ready to donate and double your impact today?

Donate Here

Still have further questions? Feel free to email us at info@littleflowerprojects.org
Thanks for your support! 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Time is Running Out!


I’m afraid we are running out of time, I want to give you a hug,
until your breathing returns to normal,
until you are stable again, until I have used all my ability to help you.

For you, I am willing to silently wait,
even if the pink leaves your face,
even if your vision becomes blurry and even if your breathing is unsteady.
But don’t give up yet, we can make it together.

Even though your parents gave you up,
you still have me and I will fight for you with all my strength.
When I am with you it is really quite miraculous,
I forget the whole world outside.

If you can’t make it and you leave our world,
your beautiful smile will always be remembered in my heart
I’m afraid we are running out of time, but I really want to hold you once more.

Don’t give up yet. We can make it together,
until your heart has fully recovered,
your face is pink again and your breathing is back to normal.



This beautiful girl’s name is Wen Yi, which means art in Chinese. After she was born, it was discovered that she has a congenital heart condition, so at just a few days old she was abandoned in a “baby hatch.” Despite her heart failing and difficulty breathing, she still did not forget how to smile! She is now just two months old, but due to her multiple heart defects, her growth has been stunted and her condition continues to decline. She was recently hospitalized and waits for a full diagnosis so she undergo surgery.

Will you consider supporting this sweet girl? We need to raise funds for her surgery. I’m afraid we are running out of time.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Best Way to Remain Cool – a Duduo!


Wonder what the weather is like in July in Beijing? Hot, hot, hot! There are a few popular ways that people express their discomfort during this season. One such phrase is a modern twist on a Yuan dynasty poem called Autumn Thoughts where some traditional scenes described in the poem have been replaced with air conditioning, Wi-Fi and watermelon. It seems that people just want to hide inside and forget about the heat.

Even with all these modern technologies sometimes it’s best to bring back ancient traditions. Today, the children at Dew Drops who have been abandoned and have congenital defects are going to show you how to remain cool by wearing a Duduo (a light backless halter top).

The kids who can stand and sit, pose like this:

 


Together in a group picture, they are like this: 



The kids who can’t sit or stand yet, pose like this:




Together in a group picture, they are like this:



So are you convinced that a Duduo is the best way to stay cool in the summer? Our children at Dew Drops are! Xia wants you to try one, yes, you!







Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Happy Dragon Boat Festival!


Dragon Boat festival (Duanwu Jie) is a Chinese holiday celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth month of the Chinese calendar. Like most holidays, it is a time to get together with family and friends. However, for those without a family, celebrating holidays can be difficult. Although the children at Dew Drops Little Flower were abandoned, they are now not alone. Dew Drops might only be a temporary home but it is a home that provides life-saving surgeries and specialized care to those in need.  And so, today the children at Dew Drops Little Flower are able to celebrate Dragon Boat festival surrounded by those who love them!



Thank you to our nannies who are always by our side. You provide us care no matter if it is raining or sunny, the daytime or night time, the weekend or weekday! Without you, we could not survive! 


Thank you to all our visitors and volunteers. During your free time, you choose to come and help us! You have held us, played with us and cared for us and we are so grateful! 



Thank you to all the companies that have donated supplies and supported us! You have provided much needed items like formula, diapers, wet wipes and milk bottles. 



And lastly, thank you to all the donors and sponsors who we have never met. Although, we have not had the opportunity to meet you face to face, we are so grateful for your support! 



During holidays we especially think of our families and friends, 
Today we are grateful that YOU are right here with us! 
Happy Dragon Boat Festival! 





Sunday, May 21, 2017

Thank You!


Today is an exciting day for one of the little boys at Dew Drops - Yang will be meeting his forever family today! We are so honored that we could be part of his journey this far and that he now has a family to love and take care of him. We are excited to share with you little Yang’s story today.

I have come a long way from being abandoned under a seat on a train to becoming a healthy boy 14 months later. I arrived at Dew Drops in July 2016 as a 4 month old boy diagnosed with a congenital heart defect and pneumonia. I was completely helpless. All I did was cry while my new nannies held me.

I was rushed to the hospital for emergency palliative heart surgery. My post-operative care was very difficult as I had suffered from pneumonia and liver damage. But those around me, never gave up. Although I was weak, the hope that surrounded me, encouraged me to keep fighting!





 


Even after I was discharged from the hospital, I was still weak. The specialized care I received helped me grow slowly every day.




I learned to lie on my tummy.


This was the first time I ate a banana!


I learned to sit.


My first Christmas!


I learned to crawl.


When I learned to stand by himself without support for a few minutes, all my nannies were very happy and proud!


Standing by myself!



As I practiced walking more, I knew that all my nannies were around me to help me in case I fell!




How happy I was when I learned to walk!


I also love to sing. Let me show you some of my favorites -  Twinkle twinkle little star,  Little donkey and Dian dou dou.






I am also a very polite boy. I say “hello” and “goodbye” to everyone!


Today is May 21st, another normal day for some and a special day for me! Thank you for your support and love! When I struggled for my life, you were there! Your warm embrace encouraged me to keep fighting and growing. Today I will be leaving to go to my forever family. I have so many fond memories that I will cherish. Thank you for loving me!