Monday, August 28, 2017

Let’s Share a Good Time Together!


Last week we launched a new outreach program through our Family Support unit, working with Jingdu Hospital in Beijing.  Jingdu Hospital is a large children’s hospital that includes one of the most well respected pediatric burn units in China.  Families come from all over the country to seek treatment for their severely injured children at Jingdu Hospital, and many of these children require such extensive treatment that their inpatient stay averages not days, but weeks and months at a time.   In China, it is expected that the parent or another family member will live with the child in the hospital as they recover. This places an overwhelming burden on the family, not only for financial reasons, but because it also impacts the parents’ ability to remain employed, to care other family members and to maintain a stable home to return to after they leave Beijing.  We are specifically targeting the families of children who are in the hospital for long-term treatment due to severe burns.  We are very excited about this new outreach, as it increases our opportunities to preserve families and prevent abandonment. 
 

At the hospital, our Family Support unit meets the needs of the children receiving treatment by providing financial support, in-kind donations, emotional support, and medical support. Our “Let’s Share a Good Time Together” classroom provides both education and fun for the children at Jingdu Hospital.  Our team of staff and volunteers takes turns in leading the classroom activity each day. We hope to engage the children in a variety of activities, such as drawing, cooking, dancing, learning English, and playing.  Our outreach program also gives the children’s families a little respite from the intense daily responsibilities of providing the care and therapy that their child needs. 


This week, one of the classes was an English class where the children learned “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes.” We went over the vocabulary first and then played “Teacher Says” (a version of Simon Says where we practiced the new vocabulary). And then of course, we sang! 

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Next week, we have a cooking class and a DIY handicraft class lined up. If you are in the Beijing area and have a special skill that you would like to share with the children at the hospital, please contact us! We are looking for more volunteers! Or if you have some fun activity ideas we can lead with children between the ages of five to fourteen, please let us know.


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.