Meet Lu Lu.*
Lu Lu was diagnosed with congenital heart disease, and was placed into a foster family when he was 4 years old. At first, he was very withdrawn. He had no interest in playing with toys and would rarely speak. However, after living with his family for over three years, Lu Lu's behaviour has transformed.
As a result of Care for Children’s ongoing training in how to develop a successful family placement programme for the staff at the orphanage where Lu Lu used to live, the staff have been able to provide resources and training for Lu Lu's foster family. His foster mother has been guided through this initial period while Lu Lu adapts to life in a family. She has dedicated much time and effort to understanding Lu Lu and discerning his personality. Because of the genuine love and patience of his foster mother, Lu Lu has ceased his harmful behavior and is incredibly attached to his foster mother.
Lu Lu has realized confidence and security within his foster family. He knows he has their support. When he plays with other children and has disagreements, he is able to come home and find comfort from his foster mother. She tells him: “Don’t worry, Mum will back you up.” This fills Lu Lu with joy.
THANK YOU to all our supporters. Without you, stories like these would not be possible.
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*All names in Care for Children reports have been changed to protect the identities of the children and their families.
Meet Aran and Jaidee. Supported by Care for Children, these two boys have been with their foster parents, Mr. and Mrs. Boonliang, since April 2013. Mr. Boonliang, a school bus driver at a local school, first got to know the boys on his bus route, and from there he began the process of becoming their foster parent.
Although it has only been a year, the boys have settled well into their new home. Their new foster Mom and Dad say Aran and Jaidee are incredibly kind and respectful. They help out with the house chores when they can, and enjoy spending time together watching cartoons or listening to music.
The boys have also been a great help to the community. Recently, Aran saw a small fire burning in a neighbour’s house so he ran home to ask his foster mom to call the police. She told the Care for Children team and our Thai partners how proud she was. And Mr. Boonliang told our team:
“Living with us, we can help ensure these boys receive the love and care they deserve.”
Thank you for helping boys like Aran and Jaidee grow up loved in a family.
What an incredible start to 2014 for Care for Children!
Our team has just returned from a successful trip to Hanoi, Vietnam, led by our Royal Patron, His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, to explore opportunities of expanding our work into Vietnam.
Care for Children went to host a Family Placement Conference in Vietnam, sharing best practice on how to make the transition from institutional care to family-based care. There are around 22,000 children growing up in institutions in Vietnam, and the government has asked for Care for Children's help in giving them the opportunity to grow up in a family of their own.
The conference was co-hosted by Care for Children and Vietnam's Ministry of Labour, Invalids & Social Affairs (MOLISA). Over 200 delegates attended from across Vietnam, including Orphanage Directors, social workers and government leaders. The Care for Children team also had the opportunity to partner with the British Child Exploitation & Online Protection Centre (CEOP) while in Hanoi.
All the hard work paid off, and the conference was a great success. Furthermore, the Vietnamese government has asked Care for Children to start a pilot family placement project in Vietnam in partnership with MOLISA and UNICEF in 2015. The team is very excited about this new partnership and the opportunity to help thousands of children in Vietnam flourish as they grow up in families of their own.
With your generous support we are going to be able to see more orphans from across Asia placed into good, local families who can love and nurture them to reach their full potential as we have the opportunity to work with the government in Vietnam.
Our Thailand project has been running for a little over a year now. We tell our project partners: ‘we’re successful when you’re successful’, and although it is still very early, this project is showing many signs of success, including positive relationships between Care for Children and our partnering orphanage in Chiang Mai, collective enthusiasm for the work, eagerness to learn, creative ideas, and visionary plans.
The purpose of our work in Chiang Mai is to give the boys you see in this picture the opportunity to move out of the orphanage and into a local family they can call their own. There may have been a time when they felt hopeless, that the odds stacked up against them were too high, or that they would never experience the affirming support of a father or the tender touch of a mother. But Care For Children’s mission is to prove that their hope is not a lost cause…
Last month, we took 50 boys and 10 staff from Chiang Mai Home For Boys to listen to Nick Vujicic speak live here in Chiang Mai. ‘Audacious hope’ is probably the best way I would describe the life and work of Nick Vujicic. I imagine it’s how he’d like to be remembered. And it’s probably just what the boys and staff we took needed to hear.
For those of you who don’t know, Nick Vujicic was born in 1982 in Melbourne, Australia with tetra-amelia syndrome - a rare disorder characterized by the absence of all four limbs. His story is one of overcoming remarkable obstacles, and under no condition, giving up. Against the greatest of odds, he has become one of the world’s leading motivational speakers! So when we heard that he would be in Chiang Mai for one night only, we knew it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the boys at the orphanage to watch and listen to him in person.
Thanks to the kind donations from individuals such as those who donate via Global Giving, Care For Children was able to sponsor 60 tickets. We worked with the orphanage to make the necessary arrangements, and travelled as a big group to the venue.
The boys had never been to anything like this before, and it was a moving experience to watch them soak up the atmosphere, and talk excitedly amongst themselves as they waited for Nick to take the stage.
You could feel the excitement as we arrived! The organizers originally expected an audience of between 2,000 – 5,000, but the final count was over 12,000!. Despite the huge crowd, Nick was remarkably able to personalize the evening for them by specifically addressing his message of hope for children in the audience who didn’t have a family.
“It's great!! His talk was very inspirational for me. Thank you very much for your support to us!”
“I've seen him before on youtube. It was great to see him on that day. I've got good thinking from him.”
“I haven't seen him before. I think it's so great for the children to come - it will have a positive impact on them, and also on the staff.”
We are delighted to announce that since March this year, 12 more boys have been placed into local families – taking the total to 32!
Thank you for providing us with the funds to support the boys in this way, and thank you Nick for your message of ‘audacious hope’ that inspires all of us to never give up.
To learn more about Nick Vujicic, visit his website: www.lifewithoutlimits.com
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