Education  China Project #24652

Education for Blind Chinese Orphans

by Bethel Foundation Limited
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Thank You

In a sports game, each individual play contributes to the final outcome. Your support of Bethel is very much like that. With your support, we become a team, but unlike a game, we together are forever changing the destiny of children who so desperately need help. My father was an orphan, and I wouldn’t be doing this or advocating for these children or asking for your support if this was not something I believed in. Your support goes to these children. The smiles you see in the photos, these are just a few of the lives that you are changing. I thank you for your support, and I am proud to say that we are teammates. Each year is difficult raising funds, this year will be no different. If you have the means to do so, I would humbly ask you to please continue to support Bethel China in 2018 and together we will change lives.  

If you ever have any questions or inquiries, please feel free to email me at Zach @ bethelchina.org

I wish you peace and blessings in this new year. Thank you for all you have done.

Zach



Here is what you helped us accomplish in 2017:

Bethel China currently runs four centers which care for 60 to 70 children depending on adoptions. Here is the list of centers, how many children live there and the number of staff:

  • Doudian, 21 children, 18 staff
  • Jiao Zuo, 10 children, 4 staff
  • Zheng Zhou, 18 children, 4 staff (+ volunteering parents)
  • Nanjing, 8 children, 3 staff

In this year alone, 23 of our children were adopted into loving families.

The Bethel Outreach Program conducted three trainings (in Dalian, Beijing and Zhongshan), which impact not only the orphan population but also families with visually impaired children.

Three major life changing surgeries were performed including two cornea transplants and a glaucoma surgery. Bethel China supported the medical treatment for one of our 13-year-old visually impaired girls battling cancer.

The government (who owns all the land in China), took back the land of our Doudian site to build a highway through it so we had to find a new facility. Prices for a lease in Beijing have risen dramatically so we had to find a smaller place. Fortunately, we were able to find a place not too far away so we were able to retain our valued and experienced staff. 

We are developing the concept of caring for visually impaired orphans by opening Bethel satellite centers within state-run orphanages. Our fifth center will open in 2018 and will be located in either in Jiangxi or the Guangdong province in the South of China.

Thank you for your support. In 2018, we will continue to serve as many blind and visually impaired orphans as we can. Together, we are Bethel China. 

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A note from Guillaume
A note from Guillaume

A note from Guillaume, our founder:

Dear friends of Bethel
It is so encouraging to hear of the families and institutions impacted by our trainings. I am especially happy about the new center Bethel China is opening in Nanchang City, Jiangxi Province. We started Bethel with a center designed for children with visual impairments. We wanted to turn this place into the best home possible with all the amenities we could think of. We wanted a sensory room, a gym, a climbing wall, a farm, etc. By putting so many resources into such a place we were sending the message that these children are worth it; they are worth the investment. Though it was amazing, there were limits to this model such as there were always more children in need than rooms available, it was not easy to duplicate due to the cost involved, and children had to be uprooted from their area to move to Bethel.  In some cases, the good outweighed the bad, such as when they needed life saving medical care. However, we couldn't ignore the downsides and decided to also open satellite centers within state run orphanages. Each program comes with its own set of advantages and disadvantages. The advantages of these mini-centers are that they are more easily replicated, cheaper to run and allow the children to stay within their own local culture and grow with their friends. Betheltakes over whatever space the orphanage gives us; we renovate the rooms, apartments or floor and manage it independently. This year we will open our fourth satellite center.  Each center opens up new opportunities to extend our network and reach out to more families. China is an ever-changing place and one needs to adapt to the new challenges and circumstances quickly if he wants to thrive. It is also true for Bethel China.  I don't believe one project can be the answer for all the challenges, and over the years, we have certainly been confronted with our own limitations. However,  I am very proud of the fact that we keep moving forward and do our best to make a difference. As always, we can only give as much as we are given, and for that we have you to thank.  

With our gratitude,
Delphine & Guillaume

It's back to school time! 
School is back in session! We had a blast this summer, but back to the classroom we go. In Beijing, the weather is beautiful and the kids have enjoyed holding their classes outside in the sun. Because the weather has been cooperating, our teachers have taken advantage of hands on learning, and been focusing on nature and science lessons. Our English speaking class has grown considerably, as we have a lot of new non-english speaking students! The kids and enjoying their time and settling into their routines well! We are looking forward to this school year and all that it holds.

Update on Han Qi
It was almost two years ago when our sweet Han Qi (Anna) was diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. She has done very well and has completed all of her chemo treatments. However, She still needs platelet transfusions. Han Qi was recalled back to her orphanage, but because of her needs, they have allowed us to provide a personal caregiver. Her transition back went smoothly, and she continues to be doing well.

We are still looking for sponsors for Han Qi, if you are interested in sponsoring her email us at sponsorship @ bethelchina.org. 

Outreach Training
Earlier in the summer, we began our outreach training. We hold these trainings every 3 months, and discuss early intervention and care for visually impaired children. We also offer resources to parents who are currently caring for visually impaired children. This last session, just over 100 parents attended, and some even brought their visually impaired child with them. It has been incredible to see families find hope as they are given tools to help their children become more independent--often more independent than they thought possible! During the previous session, we had a panel of 6 teachers from the US, one of who was blind himself! This presenter came with his wife and children. The parents were able to see that one can be blind and still lead a relatively normal and successful life. Parents were encouraged and empowered through discussions with staff, including talks about working with vision impairments and additional special needs (such as being deaf and blind.) These trainings are the heartbeat of orphan prevention and we are eager to see all that comes of this amazing outreach!

Trust Based Relational Internvention (TBRI) Staff Training 
We have introduced a new training program for our staff here at Bethel. Based out of Texas Christian University, Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) is training on how to raise kids from hard places. It is no secret that our kids come from some pretty rough places, and we want to be able to provide the best care that we can. Our incredible staff member Anna has begun implementing this training in our foster homes. TBRI states that trauma is based in relationship or lack there-of. According to this intervention style, there are three parts to providing the best care for children from traumatic backgrounds. The main components are creating a preventive environment, connecting, and correcting. This is new for our staff, but they are receiving it and encouraged by it. We hope that through this training, we can better ourselves and provide care to the best of our abilities. It is an exciting time here at Bethel

 

An Update on our Sponsorship Program

Thank you so much for your support of Bethel through the years! We couldn't do the important work that we do without the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Our staff member, Tabitha Terlunen, has been in charge of sponsorship, adoption advocacy and social media for the past several years. She is moving on to welcome her second child into the world and will be ending her time at Bethel this month. From now on, if you have any questions, you can contact Macy Cool at macy @ bethelchina.org

Macy is from Arizona and she recently returned after a year of living in Asia, working with vulnerable children. She has adopted and foster siblings, and she is a passionate advocate for adoption and empowering children from hard places. Macy has a background in psychology and is working on her Masters in International Community Development.  We know our donors and sponsors will be in good hands during this transition.

This month, we sent out new sponsorship profiles on all of the children. If you are a sponsor, and you didn't receive your new profile, please contact Macy and we will get it to you as soon as possible.

Bethel is only possible thanks to the love and support that comes from people like you. You are directly transforming these childrens lives. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach me. Sending my best, Zach

It's back to school time!
It's back to school time!
Update on Han Qi (Anna)
Update on Han Qi (Anna)
Outreach Training
Outreach Training
Trust Based Relational Internvention (TBRI) Staff
Trust Based Relational Internvention (TBRI) Staff
An Update on our Sponsorship Program
An Update on our Sponsorship Program
"Aaawwwwe" picture of the month...
"Aaawwwwe" picture of the month...

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Doudian Project Site Move Update!

Since our last report, Bethel urgently had to find a new training center project site to move to, because the area that the Doudian project site was in was being reclaimed by the government for development purposes. Within weeks of being notified we had to source a new project site that could:

  • serve as a functional, safe and loving home for our children
  • run the Bethel School in its full capacity
  • serve as a facility that can be used for our national and international training's
  • be in close proximity to the Doudian site in order to retain our local, valued staff


Several months later, I am happy to report that Bethel was able to secure a new project site in Fangshan and with a lot of hard work we have already successfully moved in. The project site now operational includes the children's housing, the Bethel School, a full music room and office. In the future, if funding is secured, the site has room for Bethel to expand. Our new site is now called the Fangshan project!

 

Bethel Outreach Summer Activities

In July, there will be an international forum held by Bethel in Beijing. 150 parents, students and professionals in the field are expected to attend the forum. Six expert speakers will come from the United States to present. The seminars will cover: communicating with children with BVI and additional disabilities, inclusion, parent adjustment, and more. 

This summer, Bethel's new Fangshan project site will hold a summer camp for children ages 8-16 with BVI. The camp is a wonderful experience for children who are blind or visually impaired to participate in fun and engaging educational games and projects that will help them develop and gain confidence, while being surrounded by their peers. 

 

Sneak Peak!
Recently Bethel just wrapped up filming a short inspirational video. The video will be released very soon and when it does we will let you know. Attached in our photos, you'll see one photo that is a screen grab from that video (Can you guess which one?).
 

Thank you for your continued support. Thank you believing in our children! Your support is changing lives and building dreams! 

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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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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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