These are some of the projects we have supported through your generous donations to our ministry.
In the Spring, we partnered with Caring for China's Orphans ("CFCO"), a Nashville, TN based 501(c)3 non-profit has been serving orphanages in China since 1995. They currently work with ten homes that have various needs. The largest has over 700 children and runs like a well-oiled machine. On the other end of the spectrum is their newest orphanage in the province where our daughter, Lulu, is from. In 2016, the Executive Director received a call from one of the volunteers on the ground in China. She had come across a small orphanage with approximately forty children (ages infant through teenager) in dire need. The orphanage was nearly out of food, and the conditions were staggering. CFCO mobilized, raised a small amount of money and sent their volunteers in with formula, food and diapers. Last summer, the Director was able to visit the orphanage, and though CFCO will send supplies and support the needs of all of the homes they work with this year, the urgent needs of this newest orphanage compelled them to focus their ministry here in 2017. Thanks to your generous support, we raised just over $2,000 that was used to accomplish the following:
1. Hire a plumbing specialist. This home with forty children had no indoor plumbing. They needed a small bathroom with at least a sink and commode installed. They need a way to wash clothing. Many of the older children are still in diapers. They now have two working toilets and a functional bathtub (the children were being bathed in a small bucket.)
2. They replaced all of the mats the children were basically living on and where they were sleeping to provide a safer and more sanitary environment.
3. Clothing and daily needs. CFCO shipped boxes of clothing and supplies to the orphanage and carried additional supplies on their mission trip in May.
4. Laundry. CFCO hoped to install a washing machine once the plumbing was fitted; However, they are still working on logistics. Due to the fact that there is essentially only 1-2 people caring for this large number of children at a time, they feel it would be beneficial to provide a monthly laundry service to support the children and the caregiver(s). The best course of action is still being determined to ensure the children are provided with clean clothing.
Here are a few of the photos and we hope you can see the need is great, and a difference was made! Thank you!