Friday, March 31, 2023

Q - Thriving and Growing

Baby Q, came to our orphan care project last year in October.  Q had been abandoned in north central China and taken to a local orphanage.  She was diagnosed with a brain injury, so the orphanage asked if we could help her.

Little Q’s vital signs were somewhat unstable when she arrived at our home, so the first thing our staff did was arrange for her to have skin-to-skin kangaroo time.  She needed a little bit of supplemental oxygen at first, but it wasn’t long before she was feeding well and didn’t need oxygen anymore.  Q’s nannies made sure to give her all the love, cuddles and nurturing she would have received from her own family.

Today, Q is a happy, healthy 6-month-old who shows no signs of brain damage or other developmental delays.  This month, she travelled to Beijing to meet with specialists, to make sure there are no other issues that could affect her in the future.  We are enjoying watching her grow and learn.  Her bright, sunny personality brings joy to all who care for her. 

Thank you for being there for Q.  


Sunday, March 12, 2023

A Day to Remember

Recently, a group of firefighters visited one of our homes in north-central China, where they gave the kids an experience they will never forget. 

As soon as the fire engine pulled up at our children's home, the kids ran out to see what was going on. They were greeted by a group of firefighters who were happy to be there and eager to show the kids what their job entails. 

The firefighters took the children on a tour of the fire engine, showing them the different parts and explaining their functions. They talked about the importance of keeping the engine clean and well-maintained to ensure it was always ready to respond to emergencies. The kids were also able to sit in the driver's seat and pretend to drive the fire engine, a dream come true for many of them. 



Next, they got some hands-on experience with the hose. They showed the children how to hold it, aim it, and control the water pressure. The children had a blast spraying the water and seeing how far the water could reach. 



The children invited the firefighters to their classroom where the firefighters enjoyed playing with the children.



For most of the children, this was the first time seeing a fire engine up close and they were thrilled to explore it!  The visit turned out to be one of those unforgettable experiences for both the children and the firefighters. We are so thankful for these community heroes for giving their time.