Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Xiamen - Lending a Helping Hand at Future Hope

At the invitation of Dr. Christopher Zaino, Director of Rehabilitation Services at Future Hope, we spent an afternoon at his center helping special needs children.


When we arrived, there were already a room full of kids and helpers. The children were participating in planned activities supervised by several helpers.


A special needs child....


Then we joined in, helping in anyway we can...


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Mrs. Zaino is equally proficient in English and Mandarin. Hear her speak.....


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Mrs Zaino is certainly high-energy - the class proceeded along nicely with her leadership - she loves the kids dearly.


He wanted to be carried all the time...


A helping hand goes a long way.


Interestingly, we have the same middle name...


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Gerda engaging this little boy - see his reaction....


She is determined to get her part done....


Helping and changing the world one person at a time...

Because of agency like Future Hope, the Chinese now have options - ordinarily these special needs kids are sent to rural orphanages where their contact with the outside world is minimum - a slow death sentence for many of these children. It was a new experience for us all and we left wondering who were helped and benefited more....

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