Sep 30, 2019

Bethel China Summer Update 2019

Bethel's Annual International Conference
Bethel's Annual International Conference

Summer Months
With school being on holiday during the summer months, the Bethel team conducts most of our domestic and international trainings in this period. Our goal is to directly teach both parents and caregivers of children with blind and visual impairments so they can not only have a direct impact on their own children, but be a resource in their communities from the provinces where they live.

Bethel's Annual International Conference
Bethel hosted our annual international conference in July. Mary Anne Roberto, a specialist in Cortical Vision Impairments (CVI) presented for two days to over 100 teachers, parents and orphanage workers on how to identify VCI and best practices. She also visited our Beijing and Zhengzhou centers and did assessments on Bethel's CVI children.

Family Preservation Training
At the end of July, Bethel hosted a 10 day training for parents of blind and visually impaired babies in Beijing. Part of our family preservation program, the goal of this 10 day intensive training was to give parents the tools they need to help their children grow into fun loving, healthy and independent children, and then adults. 10 families attended. 

Outreach Training
In August, Luo Wenyin, an expert in visual impairments from Taiwan, came to Bethel's center in Beijing and also did a training for parents on CVI. All of the families were families who attended the international conference and were grateful to have more resources for their children.

Bethel Children
We have two new children in our Beijing center! We've warmly welcomed Titus and Harper. Harper is 13 and we are urgently trying to find him a family before it becomes too late for him to be adopted. Through the last quarter we have had three adoptions. Grace Timmy and Parker! We'll have two more in October. With the new school year starting on September 2nd, Bethel accepted 17 scholarship students into our classes. 

New Satellite Center
Bethel will be opening a new center in collaboration with the Jing De Zhen CWI in Jiang Xi province for teenagers. There will be 10 children in the program, with various special needs. The teachers start training in October. 

Expanding Zheng Zhou Project
We are also adding a third classroom to our Zheng Zhou program for teenagers. There  will be about 10 children in the new classroom. Renovations were completed in September and we are currently in the process of hiring additional teachers for the project. We are excited to provide educational opportunities for children who are transitioning into adult life.

From everyone at Bethel, thank you for your continued support. Thank you believing in our children. It is with your support that we are able to reach the lives of this amazing but vulnerable population. 

Luo Wenyin, an expert in Visual Impairments
Luo Wenyin, an expert in Visual Impairments
Training for Bethel's Family Preservation Program
Training for Bethel's Family Preservation Program
Bethel's new child Titus!
Bethel's new child Titus!
Bethel's new child Harper!
Bethel's new child Harper!

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Jul 1, 2019

Bethel China Spring Update 2019

Li Ying the Barista!
Li Ying the Barista!

Bethel hosted three trainings in the last few months for families across China. Our blind ambassador, Valerie, taught parents how their children can engage with art without seeing. Valerie, along with our Bethel Outreach team, conducted trainings in both Beijing and Shaanxi as a means to provide support for parents with VI children with limited access to resources. During our third training, the head of the Occupational Therapy program at Rutgers University, Sandra, joined the Bethel team and gave a training to parents on how to meet their child's sensory needs in Beijing. 

Bethel China is proud to update that one of our oldest graduates Li Ying (Bridget) has been doing an amazing job as a Barista for Miam Miam coffee shop. She's very happy and grateful to have this opportunity and to all of her coworkers who have been so open and welcoming to her! 

In Zhengzhou, we have several new faces. Meet Sophia and Leonardo! Sophia is a beautiful 5 year old girl who is very serious, and Leonardo is an adorable 1 and a half year old boy with hair that we can't seem to get to stay flat and likes to be help up in the air! We also have a new boy in Beijing called Matthew! Matthew is almost 5 and has already stolen the hearts of all of his nannies!

Several weeks ago, we learned that Bethel China is the charity recipient of Chi Fan for Charity in Beijing. This event is the collective effort of over 60 restaurants to raise funds for a charity in Beijing each November. With these funds Bethel will be able to fund 11 scholarship VI students (from families) to attend our early immersion preschool for one year! 

2 of our boys were adopted in April, Jackson and Spencer. We anticipate at least 2 more adoptions this summer! As you know, we truly advocate and try our best to help our children get matched into a loving home so if you know anyone that might be interested in adopting please have them contact us!

Thank you for your continued support! We could certainly not accomplish any of the milestones mentioned above without you. To continue providing services for 2019 we are still in need in funding. Your support is truly valued and is impacting so many children's lives. 

Sending our best, 

Bethel China Team 

Valerie teaching how VI children can engage in art
Valerie teaching how VI children can engage in art
Beijing Outreach training with specialist from US
Beijing Outreach training with specialist from US
Li Ying (Bridget) hard at work :)
Li Ying (Bridget) hard at work :)
Matthew the nanny heart stealer!
Matthew the nanny heart stealer!
Serious Sophia!
Serious Sophia!
Leonardo and his electric hair!
Leonardo and his electric hair!
Jackson, living the good life!
Jackson, living the good life!
Spencer with his new family!
Spencer with his new family!

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Apr 2, 2019

Bethel China, Beginning of 2019 Report

Barista star Li Ying!
Barista star Li Ying!

2019 is already here! 
It's hard to believe that another year is already here. Since 2002, we have been committed to serving this unique, but amazing population so desperately in need. It has been amazing to see how some of our oldest children have gone on to accomplish some amazing, and ground breaking things. One great example is Li Ying (Bridget). In February, one of our first students Li Ying, became the first blind barista in Beijing at the restaurant Miam Miam. Bethel's partnership with Flo Restaurant Group involves comprehensive blind and VI training and they are committed to hiring more blind and visually impaired employees in their restaurants as they continue to expand. Li Ying has come such a long way and we are very proud of her. 

Project Renovations
After a month of renovations in late December - January, Bethel moved into our new location in Doudian, Beijing City. In the preschool we now care for 11 orphans and 11 scholarship students. When totalling all of our projects, Bethel currently provides services for more than 60 children throughout China.

Jingdezhen
Recently, Allie and Fang traveled to Jingdezhen and met with the local orphanage director to set the foundations for a future Bethel center there.
While there, they also met with a representative from Amnesty International who pledged to raise funds for the project. The future center will consist of two teachers and educate about 8 children within the orphanage. Some of the children will be blind, while others have vision and have been diagnosed with autism. The orphanage would like to model the rest of their education program based on Bethel's future center with the hope that all of the children in the orphanage will benefit from Bethel's influence. 

Denis Lam C-MER Eye Hospital
Regarding health care, Bethel recently established a new partnership with the Denis Lam C-MER Eye Hospital in Beijing. They have agreed to provide free eye exams to orphans and will provide discounted rates for surgeries/allow us to apply to their charity fund for surgery funding.

Beijing Women's Networ
Another aspect of Bethel's mission is to have a positive social impact in the VI community. Thankfully, Bethel is the official 2019 charity partner of the Beijing Women's Network. Our Country Director, Susan will be the speaker at one of their spotlight dinners with 100 women from Beijing in attendance. 

The examples above are all doors that have been opened because of you. With your support, we have the ability to directly care for children in need, providing a safe and loving environment. It is you that help our children grow to live a dignified life in their path towards independence, while being a positive voice for the community. From all of us at Bethel, thank you. 

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