An estimated 100,000 children are abandoned per annum in China. The reasons for being abandoned by their families could be ranging from due to the children’s physical disabilities to loss of parents as a result of incidents. These young and fragile lives are subjected to violence, disease, mal-nutrition and ignorance daily. LOHA, together with our partners, strive to protect the homeless children by giving them a saving and nurturing home.
Our programs focus on saving the most vulnerable children with pressing needs while aiming for the well-rounded development of all children in need. Working with local governments, local church, local community partners and overseas enthusiastic individuals, we strive to make lasting impact to improve these children’s lives.
Since our establishment in 2005, we have supported orphanages in China. Currently we are working with an orphanage located in Zhaoxian, Shijiazhuang, Hebei (“Zhaoxian Orphanage”) and are looking to support the orphans in Wuxi through collaboration with another NGO in Hong Kong Starfish.
The Zhaoxian Orphanage is located in ZhaoXian, Shijiazhuang, Hebei, roughly four hours drive from Beijing. It started when locals started taking in several disadvantaged children, providing them with food, shelter and schooling. But as the number of such children increased, the orphanage was birthed officially in 2001.
Registered with Civil Affairs Department with qualification to arrange domestic adoption, the Zhaoxian orphanage is currently managed by a team who are mainly from the local church.
Today, over 60 children are staying at this orphanage, their ages range from new-born babies to 20 year-olds. The orphanage is run in a “family” style such that the head and his wife are being regarded and called as father and mother of the home, while the children can grow up in the company of other “brother and sisters”. The goal is to foster the development of these children by providing love and a safe and warm environment almost like a big family, to nurture their growth into adulthood. We seek to provide them a place that they can regard as truly “home”.
Collaboration to support orphans in Wuxi
We are collaborating with Starfish Charitable Foundation, another NGO in Hong Kong, to help save critically ill children from the government-run orphanage in Wuxi, Jiangsu province. Our goal is to upgrade the level of care that the government currently provides to the orphans by hiring more trained staff as well as improving their nutrition (including providing imported milk powder) to the children.
Medical issues that such orphans are facing may include congenital heart disease, Spina Bifida, cerebral Palsy, orthopedic needs, cleft lip & cleft palates. Often they need to be nurtured/fed until they achieve a certain weight in order to undergo remedial operations. This phenomenon is especially common amongst children with cleft lips and palates.
Having proper care and nutrition also enhances their recovery from surgeries. With such tender love and care, these healed children are much easily adopted overseas and that is our ultimate goal for this collaboration project.