"Biology is the least of what makes someone a mother. "
In China, children with serious medical conditions are often abandoned because their parents simply cannot afford to pay for the necessary and often life-saving medical care. Those that make it through their traumatic first few weeks of life are placed in welfare institutions. For an orphan who was born prematurely or with a birth defect, the chances for survival seem bleak.
China Care saves these orphans lives by providing them with the critical medical care they need at The China Care Home. The China Care Home provides these fragile infants and toddlers with the comforts of home, the love and affection of doting caregivers and nurses, and state-of-the-art medical care to meet their needs prior to and immediately after surgery.
Children who live in orphanages often face debilitating medical problems and they are also at very high risk for permanent cognitive and emotional damage because they spend their days with little if any stimulation or individual attention. The good news is that we can change this. We take children with underlying medical issues into our China Care Home in Beijing where they undergo desperately needed surgeries at prestigious hospitals nearby. At The China Care Home the children receive stellar pre and post operative care that includes the hugs, smiles, and support that every child who endures life-saving medical treatment deserves.
Though China Care excels at providing life-saving medical care and comprehensive pre and post operative care, we did not have a good solution for our children’s long-term care until, in 2009, we found a wonderful partner in One Sky Foundation. One Sky excels at providing nurturing care for children living in orphanages, care that helps prevent the well-documented developmental problems so common in children who have been fed and clothed but not cherished. But One Sky was not able to provide medical care, even for heartbreakingly sick children in their programs.
The synergies became clear. China Care could focus on providing medical care and partner with One Sky to ensure that our children, once healthy and strong, are placed into loving environments.
Now when children leave The China Care Home after they have been given a clean bill of health, they are enrolled in one of One Sky's education, nurture and enrichment programs.
The first China Care club was started when Matt was in college because he wanted to give his fellow classmates the same chance he had to bring hope to orphans in China who were desperate for medical care. He was just a kid himself, but he quickly realized what a difference he was making in the children’s lives and could only imagine how much more of an impact an entire network of students could make.
As a China Care Club member students gave abandoned children the comfort of a home; a children desperate for medical care life-saving treatment; and helped provide special needs orphans with brighter futures. Our wonderful network of students was not only reaching out with their hearts, they were also bridging the gap between two countries and two cultures.