Love Is Blind (LIB) Dou Dian, is a Home, School and Farm.
It is a project that provides foster care, education and professional training for Chinese orphans who are blind or visually impaired, located on a 17-acre property, near a small village outside Beijing. The project includes:
Foster Care: Seven separate houses where we strive to create a family atmosphere, providing 24-hour care for our 40 children. Appropriate and high-quality care allows children to grow up in a safe, clean and loving environment.
Education: Our school offers classes in English and Chinese Braille, Conversational English, Chinese, Mathematics, Science, Orientation and Mobility, Daily Living Skills, Music, Art and Exercise. Our School has been established to provide a high-quality education, to be competitive with public and privately run kindergarten and primary schools for children who are visually impaired.
Training: The Doudian Campus is used as a training centre for Project 555 for state run orphanage staff, and parents of visually impaired children. This project allows Bethel to share our knowledge and expertise to impact the lives of thousands of children across the country.
Farming: The Doudian campus sits on a 17-acre farm. Local farmers from the community help to farm the land. During the autumn, a number of volunteers help us with the harvest. The farm grows corn, beans, and a number of other fruit and vegetables. As well as agriculture, Bethel has chickens, goats and pigs, as well as some friendly dogs.
Sustainability: In addition to providing quality care and education for blind orphans, the Project envisions the development of a community that is self-sustaining and respectful of the environment. We are currently producing our own eggs, fruits and vegetables, as well as raising chickens, goats and cows. Our farm is maintained by around 6 local farmers. Our use of the raised-bed gardening method, allows our visually impaired students to work independently in the garden.Solar panels have been installed on our school building, as well as on our houses
Our educational and environmental projects display a model that we hope to reproduce in other parts of China and the greater Asian community.
Visitors are welcome to visit our Doudian Project with a reservation, for more information, please go to our ‘visit’ page.