Last week in Fuzhou was a particularly exciting one, as you can see from the title of this entry. After a couple months of slowly working on it, we finally brought in three new children to join three of our current family units. The process of bringing them in took time, but was all worth it as soon as each child was residing in their respective new home.
A brief introduction to each of our three children:
First is Laura, a ten-year-old girl. She has joined the Liu family, joining three boys and one girl. Laura does not communicate verbally, though she can understand communication with her. We have approached a speech therapist and are in the process of assembling a treatment plan for her, with the hope that she can recover her verbal ability. This will be explored more next week when the therapist visits Laura in her home. Laura enjoys wearing cute clothes, and, since she is currently not enrolled in school, likes to spend time with her new mother, especially to show off her slow progress in learning how to write. Laura’s new siblings like her, particularly the girl who is finally not the sole female child in the family, though Laura’s tendency towards meekness means most of the others think they are in charge of her. Right now she does not mind being told what to do, but this may change when she can communicate more!
The youngest child to join in this small group is Becca, a five-year-old girl. She entered the Han family, along with Aaron, Graham, and Steven (whose information can be seen on our sponsorship page on this site). Becca returned to the government orphanage when her elderly foster mother fell seriously ill, and was in there for just a few days before she was approved to join Living Hope. Sadly Becca has experienced a severe developmental delay, and operates at approximately a two-year-old level. How we will proceed with providing her with appropriate education and therapies is being explored alongside Laura. Becca is gradually learning simple new words, she is able to express a handful of single-syllable words now, and is coming to better understand toilet training as well. The Han family already love her very much, with Mrs. Han raising so many boys, being very happy to have a little girl. Becca is a special girl in a special family!
Finally, the third child who just joined us in Fuzhou is Jared. He is a ten-year-old and while he has some level of developmental delay it is not severe as either of the girls’. Jared can communicate rather clearly, though he has a slight stutter, and can understand everything that is said to him. His self-control is a little lacking, especially when it comes to eating, but he’s learning a lot and has adjusted to listening well to his parents, the Zhao family, in the short amount of time he has been with them. Whenever someone visits the Zhao’s home, Jared always greets them with a loud ‘hello!’ and requires a handshake before anyone can depart.
All three of these children are already very near and dear to the entire Fuzhou home. They all have their strengths and weaknesses, and are learning to express their individuality in healthy ways. If you’d like more information about any of the three, or would like to get in touch with them or their parents, you can contact our sponsorship coordinator Elena Sicilia at firstname.lastname@example.org.