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Thursday, December 07, 2006

Mother's Love



Today we visited AbbyGrace's orphanage, Mother's Love. It is truly a place of love. I was so incredibly touched by what I saw and learned there. Mother's Love is an orphange that is a now place for children with "exteme special needs". In many respects it reminded me of a children's nursing facility in the US. The children there were treated very well, and it was very easy to tell that they were greatly loved. While we were there, we were given a tour of the orphange, and were able to witness a life skills class in session. Everything was very orderly, and very clean. We were shown classrooms for music classes, physical therapy, computer & basic stimulation. It was very apparent that this orphanage was doing everything in it's power to make sure that these children are given every opportunity for growth that is possible from this orphanage.
When AbbyGrace came to this orphanage, it was a slightly different program. At that time, orphanages around the area did not have funds to care for a child with any type of special need. There was no money for hospital visits, or special medications. If a child in the Guangxi province needed special care, he/she was transferred to Mother's Love. We now understand that there has been a slight change in that the various orphanages now have funding to care for some special needs, so only the most severe cases are transferred to Mother's Love. For this reason, the orphanage moved to a smaller facility on the same property about a year ago. Mother's Love now cares for about 20 children in the orphange, and another 20 or so children that are kept in foster homes, and medical needs met by Mother's Love.
We were captured by the sights that we saw in this place. Especially by the plaque on the wall that says it all!

1 Comments:

Anonymous Julie said...

Shannon I'm so jealous that you got to visit her orphanage. How did Sophie react? I couldn't read the writing on the plaque.

12:02 PM  

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