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Apr 19, 2017

Education for Blind Chinese Orphans Report III

Dear friends of Bethel,

"When my wife and I started Bethel we thought we would "only" take care of visually impaired children. As years passed, we built a team of qualified people who opened a school to educate them, started a choir, tried to train them for jobs, but a question was always bothering me: How can we get to the root of the problem? How do we stop having to take care of blind orphans? 

This is when we thought that to really solve the issue we had to look higher in the chain of events that resulted in a child getting abandoned because he is blind. We started by turning our methods into a training that we took to 60 orphanages in China. Families with blind children heard about these trainings and started to attend. One day a couple who was attending a training came to talk to Susan Qu, Bethel's director and told her that they had given birth to a blind child and were feeling overwhelmed with the lack of resources. They told Susan that they had planned to abandon their child when they heard of a training being held at their local orphanage. When they met our team, heard about the resources available and saw how even orphan blind children could grow into independent people, this couple changed its mind and kept their child. This is for me the reason why I founded Bethel. To come to the point where what we do can challenge a couple who feels hopeless, to change their mind and give them some courage to take up the fight and not give up on that child. This story encapsulates the very heart of why we started Bethel: To give a little hope, to challenge a little and to encourage to never give up". 

Guillaume Gauvain, Bethel Founder

 

Bethel Outreach Training 

Bethel has conducted two outreach trainings so far this year. The goals of our outreach project are to: Identify visual impairment in children by conducting eye screenings in orphanages in cooperation with local hospitals. Support caregivers, including orphanage staff and parents, by building a platform to share experience and a community to encourage one another. Educate and increase availability of free educational materials in the form of manuals, videos, trainings and workshops. Raise Awareness of visual impairment in Chinese society to show that visually impaired children can live fulfilling lives with dignity. Partner with other organizations and people who share our same vision.

Our first training of 2017 took place in Dalian, China, where our special educators conducted trainings for both preschool teachers and parents of visually impaired children. For our second outreach training of 2017, Bethel launched an online platform where 170 Chinese parents of blind and visually impaired children received free training’s.

 

We had 5 adoptions so far in 2017!

Since the start of the year, Bethel has helped facilitate five loving families for five of our amazing children. We are expecting that the number of adoptions will be higher in the second half of the year. To learn more about adoption feel free to email us at: adoption @ bethelchina.org for more info.

 

Doudian Project Site Move

Bethel has been recently notified by the landlord of our main training center located in Beijing that the government will be utilizing the area all around us for development, requiring us to find a new facility site to move into. Our Doudian site, which comprised of seven children’s houses, a full school, a gym and volunteer dormitory and 15 acres of farmland, was the perfect site for many years, providing care for hundreds of children’s lives throughout the years. To retain our valued staff, we are doing everything to look for a new project site that is situated within the same vicinity. This major move will most likely take place within the next couple of months, and will require a great deal of support. For more information on the status of the move, or for additional ways to help, please contact Zach at: zach @ bethelchina.org.

Thank you for your care and support. It is only with your generous support that we are able to give these children the dignified upbringing and skills that each child deserves. 

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Jan 19, 2017

Education for Blind Chinese Orphans Report II

So many children adopted in 2016!
So many children adopted in 2016!

The whole Bethel team hopes you had a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

We couldn't do a fraction of what we do without the generous support of our sponsors, donors, and volunteers. Please enjoy our thank you video, "We've got you!" Found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E-vjvszikRw

Dear friends of Bethel,
Delphine and I started Bethel because we wanted to be the voice for those who have no voice, children who are orphaned and blind. You have responded in many incredible ways over the years for which we are ever grateful. As in life, challenges and blessings mingle together. The struggles of a child with cancer fighting through chemotherapy, the caregiver pressing through, the beauty of adoption, new centers being opened.... You have witnessed and supported all of that this past year. 2017 will be a year to strengthen our standards of care across all our sites, to advocate for each child, to better equip our staff to manage trauma and to increase our presence in every way possible towards the fulfillment of our vision: Visually impaired children living life to the fullest! 

Delphine and I wish you an abundant and meaningful new year!

Guillaume § Delphine
 

We had 24 adoptions in 2016!
We are thrilled for each of these children who are now a part of a loving forever home. If you are interested in adoption but aren't sure that you are ready, we have a whole list of resources we'd love to share with you! You can email adoption@bethelchina.org for more info.

The Zhengzhou Project
Our Zhengzhou Project is a mini-Bethel within the Zhengzhou Social Welfare Institute. The orphanage has partnered with us by giving Bethel two classrooms and two apartments where we provide 24/7 foster care and education for up to 14 visually impaired children. Up until this year, this project was almost fully funded by a grant from a large foundation. Our grant has been fulfilled and we are now actively pursuing new sponsors, grants, and donations to fund this program for the future. You can email tabitha@bethelchina.org if you would like to sponsor a child at Zhengzhou, or zach@bethelchina.org if you are interested in fundraising for the Zhengzhou Project.
Developmental Trauma Training 
Our Development Manager, Anna, has been accepted into a ten week course for Developmental Trauma training. The first nine weeks are online, but the last week will have her flying to Texas. All of our children have faced the trauma of abandonment, and many have faced more in their short lives. This training will be very beneficial to ensure that we have the tools to help heal their little hearts!
For a more in depth review of 2016, please watch our video here:
Thank you for your continued support! To continue providing services for 2017 we are still in need in funding. Your support is truly valued and is impacting so many lives. 
Bethel's Founders Guillaume and Delphine
Bethel's Founders Guillaume and Delphine
Anna to attend Developmental Trauma Training
Anna to attend Developmental Trauma Training
The "Aaaaawww" picture of the year-- Kyle
The "Aaaaawww" picture of the year-- Kyle

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Oct 25, 2016

Education for Blind Chinese Orphans Report I

First Bethel Family Reunion!
First Bethel Family Reunion!

A Message from Bethel's founders:
Dear friends of Bethel, we are always so grateful to see the support that you give to allow us to care for these children. It is amazing to see that we have now "Bethel-ers" who are adults, some in college, some with jobs, some running marathons, while some are still babies and some fighting cancer. We are just so privilege to come along side of all of them at whatever stage they are in their life. We can be there, because you make it possible. Thank you!

Guillaume § Delphine

First Bethel Family Reunion!
In July, we celebrated the first ever Bethel Family Reunion! All of these beautiful children are now home with their forever families. It was a wonderful day with pizza, water fights, friendships reconnecting, and families getting to know one another.

Supporting Families
Lack of education is a leading cause in the abandonment of visually impaired children. For this reason, Bethel has a family program designed to support, teach and encourage families. This summer we offered a summer camp for children with families, and they all had a blast! They played games, practiced Braille, and found community with one another. We are excited to watch this program grow and impact families across China!

Thoughts and Prayers for Anna
In February of this year, our precious little "Anna" was diagnosed with Leukemia. She has battled very hard and is currently responding well to chemotherapy. The costs of treating her cancer are very high, but our team in China has raised half of what we need for the coming year. Anna is responding well to her chemo and her doctor thinks that she can beat her cancer! If you'd like to contribute to her care please visit bethelchina.org

New Arrivals!
Since we've had so many adoptions this year (over twenty and we're not done yet!), it's created space for quite a few new kids. Above are photos of three of our newest kids. All three are looking for sponsors! 

The Beijing Marathon
This past September over 30,000 people ran in the Beijing Marathon, and 2,000 of them ran to support Bethel! This was a fantastic way to spread awareness about what we do and how individuals in China can support us. Way to go, marathoners!

Supporting Families
Supporting Families
Thoughts and Prayers for Anna
Thoughts and Prayers for Anna
Thoughts and Prayers for Anna
Thoughts and Prayers for Anna
New Arrival- Kerri!
New Arrival- Kerri!
New Arrival- Theo!
New Arrival- Theo!
New Arrival- Shiloh!
New Arrival- Shiloh!
Beijing Marathon
Beijing Marathon

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