This little girl from the Jiujiang orphanage needs surgery on
her cleft lip. See the information at the bottom of this page if you can
Letter From Mr.
Director of Jiujiang Social Welfare Institute
A family that has adopted from Jiujiang feels quite fortunate to have a
wonderful Chinese woman, Yannie Fan, teaching their daughter and a group of
adopted Chinese girls Chinese language, culture, songs and dance. During the
summer of 2000 Yannie took a trip to China and visited several of the orphanages
that her students were from, including the Jiujiang orphanage. This family
writes, "Yannie has become very involved with us and our children. We feel
very lucky because
she is a very intelligent,
wise and compassionate person. When she
went to China in the summer she took on the
extraordinary mission of personally
visiting many of the orphanages which our
children are from. This was quite a
phenomenal task physically and emotionally.
We were very surprised to hear that the
orphanage which most concerned her was Jiujiang
because when we saw it in July 1996 it had looked quite good."
An account of Yannie's visit to Jiujiang is
Because of her concern for the children at the Jiujiang orphanage Yannie has asked that I
share a letter from Mr. Cao, director of the Jiujiang orphanage, at the website
so that more families can hear about the needs there and about the loving
concern that Mr. Cao and the staff have for the children.. She writes, "As Mr.
Cao mentioned to me when I visited the orphanage, the Institution has a very
good relationship with Amity. Parents who would like to make donation can send
money to Amity and ask Amity to pass it to Jiujiang."
Director Cao's Letter
October 11th, 2000
Dear Ms. Fan,
How are you? I
was so glad to receive your letter two days ago. You are so deeply concerned
about the children at the Institution even as you were when you bid farewell to
us in the summer. I am deeply touched by this devotion and by what you have been
doing not just by volunteering yourself to the children but also by building up
a friendship bridge between us and the parents who adopted or will adopt
children from our Institution. We can feel the loving, caring and friendship from all the
families. Please tell all the Jiujiang families, and the families to be, that the
main mission of our Institution is to take good care of all the children who have no home to
stay in. Once the children come to our big home, our
caregivers and aunts devote all they have to feed them, take good care of them
and show mother love to them. We believe that caring for children like them is a
sublime mission to us who have infinite faith in civil welfare affairs.
The number of our children has now reached more than 150 (not including
children in foster care). Our budget is fairly tight. To make it worse, some
young children are coming with disabilities and diseases. The situation barely
makes two ends meet. Nowadays we have been working on two projects -- the rehabilitation equipment and medical equipment.
The rehabilitation building you saw in the
summer has been handed over to the Institution. We are trying very hard to have
the building equipped with some basic rehabilitation installations.
With some basic equipment, many of our
children would be able to become independent when gown up. Unfortunately we have some
teenagers who have already missed the critical period for limb rehabilitation and now
have to depend on others for their daily
In the meantime, we are searching for resources to purchase medical
equipment, such as ECG (electrocardiograph) and B Ultrasound
machine. With this equipment
with hepatitis, splenomegaly and heart
diseases (such as rheumatic or congenital), can get immediate diagnosis and
treatment without delay or paying for expensive clinical visits and
hospitalization. We, and on the behalf of the children, would be very grateful
if the families understand the situation and would like to donate, even if just
partially, for the equipment.
With the financial support of Amity in Nanjing, we now have a twin incubator.
(Note from Yannie: "In
my report on Jiujiang
orphanage, there had been eight sets of twins enrolled in recent years. By the
time I went to visit, only two whole sets and two half sets survived
while two half sets and four whole sets had
died. They were longing for an incubator to
save lives of immature infants.)
And also with the financial support
of Amity, I sent an eight-month-old baby girl (whom you saw in that crib) last
month to Wuhan Children's Hospital for a heart surgery. The little girl is doing
fine at this moment.
Please extend my cordial greetings to all the families who show great
concerns and loving to our children.
Director of Jiujiang Social Welfare Institution
The incubator mentioned above was purchased by funds sent to Amity from
Altrusa Foundation and had been received in the memory of adoptive parent Cheryl
Snope. The funds for the baby girl's heart surgery ("Katie") were also
sent to Amity from Altrusa Foundation and were contributed by many adoptive
parents and waiting parents. So far in 2001 we've also been able to provide funds for the
following: 20 Children's Beds ($725), a set of rehabilitation equipment ($1295),
and an electrocardiogram machine ($842).
The current needs at Jiujiang are support for the six Hugging
Grannies and money to provide cleft lip surgery for Cao Rui. If you'd like
to help the Jiujiang orphanage please send your tax
deductible donation to:
Altrusa Foundation of Longview-Kelso
P.O. Box 1354
Just include a note that your donation is to be used at
Jiujiang. You can specify a certain project or write "wherever most needed". For more detailed
information visit http://http://www.altrusa.ws
Please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you have any questions.