What a difference a few months make! We sent out our last update in early February, which told you about a new community centre built in a remarkable village in Yunnan Province.
As you know, we are working with social welfare institutions (orphanages) across China, training them in family care (adoption and foster care) so that they can set and run their own family care programmes. This means they can move children out of the orphanage and into the safe, secure and loving environment of a local family.
The current epidemic has put our training on hold, although the team have been extremely busy planning for the next phase of our work, converting our training materials into online resources, which will eventually be accessible to orphanages and foster parents across China.
The impact of COVID-19 has had far-reaching implications for all of us. As the virus has spread across the world, we have faced new challenges, including physical and psychological health risks, school and business closures, family confinement, isolation and economic vulnerability.
Children within orphanages are particularly vulnerable to serious infectious illnesses. Orphanages tend to be extremely crowded and infections spread swiftly. As well as COVID-19, these include respiratory tract infections, intestinal parasites, and tuberculosis.
This epidemic has affirmed that children are better off in families, rather than in orphanages. If you would consider supporting us again in the future, we would be extremely appreciative. Thank you for staying connected to our work.