Education  China Project #24652

Education for Blind Chinese Orphans

by Bethel Foundation Limited
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Education for Blind Chinese Orphans
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Education for Blind Chinese Orphans

Bethel's Continued Growth
Bethel now has six full time centers serving blind and visually impaired orphans. Bethel’s headquarters is the Beijing center, with satellite sites in Zhengzhou (Henan Province), Jiaozuo (Henan Province), Nanjing (Jiangsu Province), Shangrao (Jiangxi Province) and Jingdezhen (Jiangxi Province). A total of 125 children are being served, with the majority of them being blind orphans, in addition to several children with cerebral palsy and down syndrome.

Bethel Children Working with Animals for Theraputetic Benefits
The Animal Welfare Association has been working with our children in Beijing to mentor them on how to care for the animals at the center. Throughout the years Bethel has had many animals at the different project sites. These animals provide invaluable therapeutic benefits to the children’s growth. The organization will continue to bring dogs and cats to the Beijing project site to work with our children. 

Bethel Curriculum Going Digitial and Multilingual 
Internationally, Bethel is seeking to export our Chinese educational curriculum and knowledge that we have developed for years. We are currently developing materials that can be useable to countries of various languages, with the intentions of reaching blind and visually impaired children in critical need. More importantly, we are looking to take these projects digital, making them interactive, leading the way in the VI educational- technology sector. Bethel is looking for professional partners that would be interested in the development of this project.

Special Thanks to the Chengpin Dental Clinic
Bethel would also like to thank the Chengpin Dental Clinic. Over the last six years, the Chengpin Dental Clinic has been providing free dental services to Bethel children. The dental clinic conducts checkups and treats the children’s dental needs. Through six years, the Chengpin Dental Clinic has provided 573 services for 191 children.

Supprting Bethel
With the slowdown of the worldwide economies and companies, Bethel has had a tougher time raising funds this year. For the end of the year, Bethel still needs financial support to help cover heating utilities, a portion of our Beijing center’s rent, and staff salaries. Support of any amount would be so greatly appreciated. If you would like further information please contact Zach@bethelchina.org.

Thank you for your continued support of the precious lives that you are investing in. May this find you well. Blessings from all of us at Bethel. 

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Bethel's Love is Blind Project Update

Bethel’s mission is to empower children who are blind or visually impaired by: Providing high-quality care, education, life skills and livelihood opportunities to children who are blind or visually impaired.

In the last quarter, Bethel provided direct care for 88 blind and visually impaired children throughout our five sites in our Love is Blind Program. Bethel’s unique curriculum our children receive include: English and Chinese Braille, conversational English, Mathematics, Science, orientation and mobility, daily living skills, physical education, social studies, computer literacy, aqua therapy and more.

A breakdown of Bethel's current projects and children currently receiving Bethel's services:

Zhengzho Project: 9 Girls, 18 Boys. 27 Children total. 

Jiaozuo Project: 3 Girls, 7 Boys, 10 Children total. 

Nanjing Project: 1 Girl, 8 Boys, 9 Children total. 

Shangrao Project: 15 Girls, 11 Boys. 26 Children total. 

Beijing Headquarters: 7 Girls, 9 Boys, 16 Children total.

Family Building

In late May, our Beijing School invited 18 families of VI children to go on an educational trip to a local farm. Our teachers conducted different family building exercises that utilized aspects of the nature around. The feedback from the parents proved to be a valuable and needed experience that Bethel will look to follow up with next year.

Bethel's Outreach Program

During the same period, Bethel’s Outreach Program was able to conduct 5 VI-based trainings throughout the last quarter, directly reaching 1,540 people.

Trainings conducted:

4/8/21 Technology will change the future of the visually impaired. High tech visual aids and how the visually impaired can share with mobile phones and computers. Number of attendees: 489

4/23/21 World Book Day. Reading and making touc accessible books for visually impaired children. Number of attendees: 299

5/14/21 Hand drum learning for visually impaired children. Number attendees: 158

6/4/21 First aid training. Number of attendees: 45

6/26/21 School preparation and Braille learning for visually impaired children. Number of attendees: 549 

Supporting Critical Needs

This past June, Bethel identified 495 families from our preexisting networks that were in critical need of early intervention support. To support them, Bethel individually shipped each family the Bethel School's updated manual that teaches families how to raise their VI child during the most critical time of their early life. The book touches on the anatomy of th eyes, questions and checklists to ask doctors, educational and cognitive care, etc. The books were distributed free of charge. 

Supporting Bethel 

Thank you for your continued support! We could certainly not accomplish any of the milestones mentioned above without you. To continue providing services for 2021 we are still in need in funding. Your support is truly valued and is impacting so many blind and visually impaired children.

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Olympian, Crystal Wu
Olympian, Crystal Wu

Teaching and Research

As a leading professional education institution for VI children throughout China, teaching and research also occupies an important position in the operation of the institution. 

Bethel’s Beijing Training Center, is where our professional educational team lead our school with our own pioneered educational curriculum, it is also a place where we host quarterly trainings, summer camps, and events year round.

Bethel’s teachers have been leaders in the creation of educational curriculum for children 0-7 years of age. Combining the learning characteristics of visually impaired children and multi-visually impaired children, the teaching team makes adjustments and modifications on the basis of existing courses every year. 

This year, under the supervision of the expert teacher, Li Shu'e, Bethel’s educational team focused on developing speech therapy assessments to make it clearer for parents, caregivers, and professionals to evaluate their child’s improvements.

 

Bethel’s Satellite Centers 

95% of the orphans in the orphanages are disabled children. The need for special education and rehabilitation is very urgent. There is a lack of professional special education teachers throughout the orphanages. There is a lack of professional special education supervision team for the visually impaired. 

Bethel secures partnerships throughout provinces in China with State orphanages. Bethel is given our own education wing, where we support all of the orphanage’s children that are blind and visually impaired. Bethel provides and pays for our own specialized teachers, educational supplies and specialized needs for our children. 

Bethel also has the added advantaged of integrating our resource network to help our orphans in the satellite sites to look for adoptive families to help orphans find their eternal home. Bethel currently has four satellite centers in Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo, Nanjing, and Jingdezhen. All of the schools in the centers are currently running and operational. Bethel actively cooperates with the epidemic management regulations of the orphanage. During the epidemic, Bethel and supplied epidemic safety materials to the satellite center’s orphanages. 

Bethel currently provides direct care for 83 children, and hundreds more throughout different initiatives.

 

Beijing Trainings (March ’21) Teaching Music to the Blind and VI with Crystal Wu

Since its establishment in 2003, Bethel has been deeply engaged in the field of early intervention for visually impaired children. Early intervention needs comprehensive, multi-dimensional, multi-disciplinary support, not only to support children, but also to support the whole family. 

Therefore, Bethel has launched a series of trainings through our parent support program, which unites many excellent organizations and people to bring new ideas and productive activities that parents can do with their children with VI. 

For these trainings, we also invited Ms. Wu Jing, an old friend of Bethel, to share with the groups in Beijing some of her valuable insights, experiences and successes (Below you will find excerpts from Crystal’s amazing story). 

 

Crystal Wu, mentor, role model, and supporter of Bethel, shares her story:

“When I was born, my eyes were shining and bright, and everyone loved me. Just because. Therefore, my parents named me "Jing", which means "Crystal". But life is full. It’s full of irony, and I'm not immune. 15 months after I was born, I got eye cancer, Blind. In an instant..

Before school, I didn't even know that I was "blind". At that time, my parents always went to ordinary schools and tried their best to get me accepted to school, but the other party always answered "No, she has to go to a school for the blind."

I started to think, what is "blindness"? After many years, I realized a question: How much potential do I have to make the world a better place? Especially to help those who are in the same situation as me live a better life? To do this, I must learn to work for myself.

When I was 10 years old, I tasted the sweetness of success for the first time. Standing on the stage, I wanted to sing with a microphone in hand, and I was very nervous. I sang well and won a provincial singing competition. Slowly, I learned to overcome fear and stick to my dreams bravely. Back then, I wanted to be a musician, but others said I could only be a fortune teller. In China, blind people usually do this, and I thought I would go beyond this.

Walking on the street, I don’t want to hear someone whispering, saying that I’m a blind woman, why is it a shame to not see? I continue to bury my head in music, and then in sports, these activities are something that no one can think of blind people can do. So I attended. I began to prove to myself and to others that I am a normal person and blindness is just one of my signs. After a while, I got the flute and my flute performance certificate and toured all over China. After achieving these achievements, I know that I am changing, I am growing, I am influencing the people around me, and I am using practical actions to refute everyone's doubts about the ability of the blind.”

 

Bethel in 2021

1. Bethel has four satellite centers  (Zhengzhou, Jiaozuo, Nanjing, and Jingdezhen) that have successfully replicated Zhengzhou’s original site. Bethel has just secured a partnership with Jiangxi Shangrao Welfare Institute and have added a new center for Bethel, which is expected to serve 30 orphans.

2. Bethel’s Beijing Center continues to provide weekly and quarterly rehabilitation services and training for visually impaired children in the family.

3. The Lego Foundation and The Trinity Foundation are currently working with Bethel on possible future educational collaborations.

4. Bethel’s Beijing Center will host a summer camp for blind children over 8 years old, through a parent-child summer camp.

5. Continue to expand the existing online service model of Bethel. Expand the service scale, and provide high-quality online training services for parents of visually impaired children.

 

Thank you for staying with us in 2021! We are currently below our fundraising goals for the year, so any type of support would go so far. Blessings! 

Bethel Music Training
Bethel Music Training
Paper art crafts
Paper art crafts
Chinese New Year Lanterns
Chinese New Year Lanterns

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This is our teacher Guo with student CiCi
This is our teacher Guo with student CiCi

Covid Update

Since our last update, we are happy to announce that the Bethel Training Center in Beijing has reopened! Susan Qu, Bethel China's Country Director said it best:

"During Covid, We learned that no matter how restless and turbulent the outside world is, as long as we persist in serving the hearts of visually impaired children, everything will change for the better.”

The Beijing center is now reopened to 22 visually impaired children whom come from all over the country (the furthest of them coming from Xinjiang province). The Beijing center is essential for Bethel as it is not only the headquarters for the Bethel School but it is the central hub for our satellite project sites and home to most of our national trainings. Bethel would like to give a special thanks to Gulf For Good for their immediate support to help Bethel make the facility Covid compliant with the new regulations and keep our children safe. 

 

National Training focussing on family depression, anxiety, and acceptance 

Every time Bethel does a training, we collect data from parents, teachers, and health care professionals to better understand how Bethel can support the VI community. The vast majority of families said that their biggest difficulty was dealing with depression, anxiety and acceptance of their child’s condition. Families reported that their depression and anxiety was affecting how they were interacting with their child and educating their child at home.

To respond to this need, Bethel teamed up with doctors to develop a program that focus on parent's depression and anxiety. The program consisted of three online training courses and launched tailored groups to provide continuous support. Session topics included, nonviolent communication techniques, how to recognize the needs of your visually impaired child and how to teach life skills to visually impaired children. The multi-day online training's were launched on August 14th and were attended by 1,197 people

Parents who participated in the support groups reported that having a group of other parents who could relate to their experiences and the psychological support alongside the informational trainings made a much larger impact on them and how they interact with their child. 

 

Bethel USA

This past January, Bethel launched a monthly partnership project with the Children's Tactile Art Club based in Colorado. The project distributes free tactile art projects each month made by the Children's Tactile Art Club to Bethel adoptive families in the US. Unfortunately because of Covid, production of the educational materials had to be suspended. I'm proud to say there is positive momentum to the project resuming. If you are interested and want to know more please feel free to email Zach (zach @ bethelchina.org).

 

2021 Bethel Calendar

Each year Bethel develops an annual calendar comprised of the amazing art work that our children have created throughout the year. Sales from the calendar help pay for things that it is tough for us to fundraise for (teachers salaries, utility bills, etc). Inside the calendar you'll see our children's pictures, their beautiful artwork and you'll also find a quote from Bethel's founders, Guillaume and Delphine. Even though the calendar has not come out yet and it's not quite Christmas yet, the next newsletter will come out next year so I thought it would be fitting to end with Guillaume's 2021 quote to everyone: 

"This year, all families from around the world have had to learn to cope with Covid, Bethel included. We have always been the biggest cheerleader of children with visual impairment in China no matter what. All of our centers have now reopened and we want to say a special thank you to our staff for not giving up, and our supporters for standing by us. We look forward to 2021 with hope and wish you all good health!

Guillaume and Delphine

Geng mama and her great heart for the children.
Geng mama and her great heart for the children.
Fall fun with Cici and Bei Bei
Fall fun with Cici and Bei Bei
We upgraded some of our VI educational kits
We upgraded some of our VI educational kits
Guillaume and Delphine, Bethel Founders
Guillaume and Delphine, Bethel Founders

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Covid Update

Throughout the last quarter school’s in Beijing have been closed due to Covid, which gave Bethel an opportunity to focus on outreach, while being able support our children in other ways. Because Bethel’s main school has been closed for several months now, expenses continue, and we’ve had to furlough and lay off several of our amazing staff members due to the shortage of scholarship and sponsorship funds that support the school. We are really hoping that the guidelines will permit the school to open up as soon as possible. Outside of Beijing, our satellite school centers have now all opened back up (Zhengzhou on March 16th, Nanjing on April 13th, and Jiazuo on May 18th). 

 

Supporting Our Centers 

While in the midst of the outbreak, Bethel’s China Director Susan Qu and the Bethel Team helped source and distribute hundreds of much needed supplies to our partner sites in Nanjing, Zhengzhou, Jiazuo and Jingdezhen. Bethel was able to send supply kits, which included masks, cleaning supplies and toilet paper to the sites to support all of the children and staff in the orphanages.  

 

Reaching the Blind and Visually Impaired Community 

Bethel’s mission is to empower children who are blind or visually impaired and their caregivers. One of the ways we do this is by providing education and support to institutions, communities and families of children who are blind or visually impaired. To continue our outreach, throughout March and into Q2, Bethel launched a new outreach video series networked through Bethel’s WeChat platform, that has already supported close to 600 people. The series, features content from eight of Bethel’s teachers in our Beijing, Zhengzhou and Jiazuo school’s and features new topics on VI early intervention, fine motors skills and speech therapy. To learn more about our new series, visit Bethel’s official WeChat channel. 

 

Hippotherapy 

While the Bethel school is not currently open, we were able to safely take several of our students and family members to hippotherapy on May 27th. Along with aquatherapy, Bethel has used hippotherapy to support our children for many years now. To understand how VI children can benefit from hippotherapy, certified therapeutic riding instructor Wanda L. Ritter states: 

Beyond the freedom and selfconfidence that is gained by riding, visually impaired children reap tremendous physical benefits, as well. Posture is often affected when a child is blind or has low vision. Riding a horse approximates a normal walking gait in the pelvic, trunk, and upper body area of a person. This is very helpful for blind children who shuffle their feet or tend to walk in a circle because of a dominant leg.” (National Federation of the Blind)

This was a great opportunity for our children to be active and connect with the horses especially with school on hold. 

 

Beijing Sinobo Guoan Football Club

On Children’s Day, Bethel was graciously invited by the Beijing Sinobo Guoan Football Club to enjoy a safe sports day. The club spent several hours playing with our children going on sports drills and talking about the game. Bethel has a five year relationship with the team and they have been a joy of inspiration to both our students and teachers. 

 

Thank You

As with everyone, navigating through this situation with Covid has been difficult, but Bethel will keep going. We are preparing to open the school with special guidelines that are now required. Things like automatic temperature machines, sanitizing stations are all mandatory. Financially, things are very tight so any support would go a long way. We thank you for your continued devotion to support us in our endeavor to help the blind and visually impaired. Stay safe and be well. 

Health support supplies sent to one site.
Health support supplies sent to one site.
Bethel's Online Training Platform
Bethel's Online Training Platform
Hippotherapy Lessons
Hippotherapy Lessons
Kicking it with the Beijing Football Club
Kicking it with the Beijing Football Club
Practice makes perfect!
Practice makes perfect!

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