Community Resource Centre, Lu Quan
Many of you will have seen our short film, ‘The Village’, telling the incredible story of Lu Quan in China; a village which has come together to transform the lives of hundreds of orphaned and abandoned children, many of whom are severely disabled.
In 2019 the incredible work of these villagers was given a boost by the completion of a Care for Children-funded building project aimed at enhancing local service provision. Nestled amongst the breathtaking green mountains of Yunnan Province sits the tiny village of Lu Quan, where something truly remarkable has happened.
In 2000, 700 children were living in the nearby Kunming Child Welfare Institution, with little hope of ever having a family of their own. Shockingly, 93% of these children had some form of disability. When Care for Children introduced our family placement model to the Kunming orphanage, Lu Quan’s remarkable Village Elder was inspired to get involved.
Under his leadership, by 2015, 53 families in the village were fostering over 160 children, many of whom suffer from severe disabilities and need constant care and attention. The total population of the village was just 370. The incredible sacrifice and love displayed by these people is the perfect example of why children need to grow up in families, not institutions. The children in these families receive the unique care, attention and consistency that loving parents can provide.
The completion of the community resource centre in 2019 marks the final part of the transition from institutional care to family-based care in the community for vulnerable children.
You can read more about the return to Luquan in our 2020 Annual Report, available on our website.
Opening Ceremony Celebration
A Foster Family in Lu Quan