Thursday, May 30, 2013

Alenah's House is our CHI foster home where staff and
volunteers provide children with physical therapy and a
loving sense of family.
A volunteer at Alenah's House reports:
his morning we volunteers were invited to join the ayis taking the younger children for a walk. It was lovely to see all the children and ayis enjoying the walk. We walked past the Green Tea House and stopped on a quiet side street where the children got a chance to sit down on a blanket for a rest and later on have a drink and snack. We then took turns walking some of the other children in the push chairs .We walked back in time for lunch, it was getting very hot outside at this point too.

Little John waited eight years to find his forever family.
Back at Alenah’s the children had lunch and I started feeding the little frail boy with muscle cramps, but it was very difficult. I asked an ayi if I was doing the right thing. It was really painful to watch him eat and being fed but he does really enjoy his food. We were surprised that he ate a full bowl of noodles!! I hope he carries on and manage to put a bit of weight on!!
We had some very good news today about John and Li Tao. They have been adopted and we got to see photos and letter of their families. It had us in tears seeing the letters written to John on his 9 th birthday from his family. We are so pleased for John who has been waiting so long for his forever family!!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

a visit to CHI foster home

News media in China recently visited with Melody and the staff and children at Alenah's House, our CHI foster home. The children at Alenah's House are all special needs children. They receive medical care and physical therapy while they are at the home. Most importantly, the children receive a loving connection with the volunteers and staff there. The goals is to provide the kids with a sense of family and connection with the staff and "brothers and sisters" in the foster home.

Click on the photo and you can visit Alenah's House too!

Helping Ethiopian Students...

Good news for the poor students at Bright Hope School in Addis. The new kitchen underway which will allow about 500 of the poorer children of the district around the Leper Hospital to receive one free meal a day. It had been stopped for lack of funds but, thanks to PARTNERS(!) we can now complete the building. But don’t be disappointed that you didn’t get to help on such a great project! We are still in need of funds for stoves, tables, cabinets and chairs. You can help with the equipment and help transform a community!
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