Olivia is a sweet three year old girl who came in 2015. Olivia came to us very weak and unable to sit up. She can now sit, hold her own head, roll over, and stand with support. Though she is still weaker than we would hope for her, she can sit and stand for longer periods of time now. Her Ayis are giving her extra tummy time to help her build up her core strength. Olivia still doesn’t eat solid foods, but her tummy is tolerating pureed foods better. Olivia is still learning how to play with toys but she is more interested in being held and cuddled right now. If you hold her, she will snuggle into your neck and get a big smile. She loves music and seems very happy whenever it’s playing.
Love is Blind in Zhengzhou is located within the Zhengzhou social welfare centre, who have provided a space for Bethel to care for their visually impaired orphans. The centre was opened in December 2011. We have some wonderful ayis and teachers at this project and we hope that our project in the Zhengzhou orphanage will be an example to other orphanages, and that we can be a witness of high-quality care. These visually impaired children in Zhengzhou live with foster families in the orphanage and Bethel provides specialized care, therapy and education for these children.