Superkids is heading back to Taiwan in just a few days! We are hoping for no typhoons this time! Along with Gladney VP and Director of Asia Programs, Gongzhan Wu, Taiwan Program Caseworker, Mary Chapman, and Superkids Pediatric PT, Keely Farkas, we have two new Superkids volunteers joining us for this trip – Faith and Michelle. Today we’d like to introduce Faith who will be our photographer!
Edited to add: JACK NOW HAS A $4,500 GRANT THROUGH GLADNEY!!!
Each time we go to China we come home with certain children heavy on our hearts. Today I'm going to introduce you to one of those children.
Our last day of seeing children was spent in the Enmei orphanage in Ningbo. It was a good day. We met 9 matched children and got updates for their families. This is such a fun part of what we do! It is also an important part of what we do since our goal is not only to find families for children, but also to prepare families to their parent children.
There is one little boy on my mind tonight, as sit in a hotel room in Ningbo, thinking back over our time here in China. He needs a family to step forward for him soon!
Ji'an Social Welfare Institute has a special place in my heart. When I first visited the orphanage in 2013, we drove on a bumpy dirt road to a very poor orphanage. We visited with the children in 2 cramped dark rooms. Even though we see over a hundred kids each trip, I vividly remember the kids climbing in the windows, their faces, and the clothes they were wearing. We left with tears in our eyes that day.
The transformation over the last four years has been amazing. It is now housed in a beautiful new facility with one of the region's rehabilitation centers on campus. The staff is attentive and truly interested in ideas on how to improve care of each individual child.