Running a Marathon for Bethel China



On October 20th 2013, 18 Bethel kids will join 30,000 other runners to take part in the Beijing marathon! It will require determination and perseverance, and we are so excited to run with them to say to the world that children with visual impairment can live life to the fullest!

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Bethel China supports children who are visually impaired in China. The majority of these children live in institutional care for most of their life. Within their orphanages, they rarely have an opportunity to receive an education, develop healthy relationships or pursue goals and dreams. Bethel's family-style projects in Beijing ensure that children live in small groups with caregivers, go to school each day are encouraged to dream and set goals for the rest of their lives.

How will this project solve this problem?

Bethel has established four homes and specialised educational opportunities for children in the past 10 years. Our projects allow children to be loved in a safe and secure environment, to grow up in a small group of brothers and sisters, eating breakfast and dinner at home before going to school and receiving a high-quality education each day. Each child has an Individual Education Plan for each child based on their age and abilities and what kind of visual impairment they have.

Potential Long Term Impact

The long-term benefits on the children are significant. From hopeless situations, children join a Bethel family and receive a high-quality education that sets them up for life. The project also has long-term effects on the community. As more members of society see the children and realise how much they can achieve, they catch onto Bethel's vision and start to believe that these children should be respected, treated with dignity, and deserve to live life to the fullest.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,825

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $1,825 .  The original project funding goal was $3,000.


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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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Bethel China

Fort Collins, Colorado, United States

Project Leader

Chloe Banks

Beijing, Beijing China

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