Child of the week: Chen Rui (Petra)

Chen Rui (Petra)'s birthday is in January (2010) and she came to Bethel in July 2013. When she first arrived, she was scared and cried a lot. She didn't know how to or want to play with anyone. Even after the first week she began to get more familiar with her surroundings and she gave [...]

Child of the week: Jian Yu/ Da Yu/ Jake/ Baby Bear

Jian Yu has so many nicknames that we don't know what to call him! We are so proud and impressed by Jian Yu (Jake), who is also called ‘Da Yu’ by his teachers and nannies, his English name is Jake, but we also call him 'baby bear'. We love this beautiful little boy and all [...]

Adopting Boys: One Year Later!

Velleta Scott and her husband adopted two Bethel boys last year, aged 9 and 11. She wrote a 'two month report' for our blog after the boys had been in their family for two months, and she is returning to our blog with her one year report! She is also the author of "Chapter 5" [...]

Exposed to Hope

"Exposed to Hope: Stories from Families who have Adopted a Child with a Visual Impairment" present thirteen stories of ordinary, extraordinary families who decided to embark on the process to adopt a blind or visually impaired child from China. Parents write honestly and beautifully about the why, the how and the what happens next of [...]

Child of the week: Heng Huan (Harry)

  Heng Huan (Harry) is a seven year boy old who is playful and funny. He is very confident in his surroundings and loves running around. Last October he ran in Beijing´s mini marathon and he did very well. He likes any sports that allow him to run around and have fun! He has low [...]

2013 Year in Review

What a year! 27 new kids arrived into Bethel China’s care. As of December 2013, there are 81 children in Bethel China’s care from 33 different orphanages all across China. 10 kids graduated from Bethel Doudian's primary school and moved to the City Life Project at the Beijing School for the Blind 18 kids ran [...]

The first 3 Bethel kids

10 years ago this week (13th December 2003), three children came to live at Bethel China's foster home, run by Guillaume and Delphine Gauvain. The children were 3 year old Wang Zheng (Adam) and 4 year old Zhen Guang (Timothy)        and baby girl Lili Over the last 10 years, they have grown and grown [...]

A quoi ressemble la vie quand on adopte un enfant non/malvoyant?

Voici aujourd’hui le témoignage d’Amy, qui est la maman de Lia (connue à Bethel sous le nom de Xiao Lili) “Lia est arrivée à la maison il y a maintenant un an! Nous l’avons adoptée en juin 2012, et avant ça elle avait vécu presque toute sa vie à Bethel. Lia s’adapte de façon incroyable, [...]

Adopting Boys

As November is Adoption Month, we have an adoptive parent who is our guest blogger today. She will be sharing about her family's experience of adopting older boys (age 9 and 11). Both boys were at Bethel and we are so thankful that Jian Fei and Fu Kai have a family! "We adopted two boys [...]

Bethel China’s Pinterest

Bethel China has a Pinterest account! Pinterest is a great way to share ideas that are posted in different places on the internet. Our boards are full of activities and information for children who are visually impaired, including: An Introduction to Bethel Educational Materials (learning literacy, numbers, braille, science) Early childhood development and babies [...]

Recent Posts…

Adoption d’un enfant non-voyant/malvoyant : comment se préparer ?

  Témoignage de la maman de Lia, 8 ans, microphtalmie congénitale.   Lia est arrivée dans notre famille il y a presque deux ans. Avant son adoption, elle avait vécu presque toute sa vie au foyer Bethel. Lia s’adapte de façon incroyable, et ce depuis le début ! Notre famille et nos amis sont en [...]

Quand le cœur et la raison s’affrontent

Petite fille de deux ans Leucome cornéen aux deux yeux Nous avions quatre enfants, dont deux avec des handicaps visuels comprenant le strabisme et l’amblyopie. Nous n’avions jamais adopté un enfant à besoins spécifiques, mais les troubles de la vision mineurs, ceux qui peuvent être rectifiés avec des lunettes ou de la chirurgie, ne nous [...]

Adoption de notre fille déficiente visuelle: témoignage

Face à l'inattendu   Nous sommes Karen and Högni et vivons en Islande. Nous nous sommes rencontrés très tôt et vivons ensemble depuis plus de vingt-trois ans. Nous avions tous les deux envie de fonder une famille mais avons choisi de terminer nos études supérieures d'abord. Lorsque nous avons compris que nous ne pourrions pas [...]

Child of the week: Xin Bin (Micah)

Xin Bin (Micah) arrived at Bethel exactly a year ago. This 3 year old loves being cuddled and tickled. He has the cutest smile which shows his tiny teeth so everyone always tickles him to see that beautiful smile. When he arrived at Bethel he could not stand or walk but now he is doing [...]

Love is Blind Print: Bethany Eden Watercolor

We love when friends of Bethel China launch creative fundraising projects! Bethany lived in Beijing for several years and got to know our kids well. She recently moved away to start Bethany Eden Art, painting watercolor paintings and selling prints. She recently launched a new product, "Love Is Blind", to raise money for the kids [...]

Child of the week: Bo Ai Robbie

This week’s child of the week is Bo Ai (Robbie). It’s been almost two months since he had his hand surgery. We are so happy he’s back at Bethel and has been able to start school with the rest of his peers. He has the most beautiful smile and he doesn’t hesitate to use it. [...]

When We Work Together

Tonight, in a hospital in Dallas, Texas, a little boy sleeps. Xiao Dong Danny has had a long day, after his first cranio-facial surgery. The story of how Danny came to be in Texas to have surgery tomorrow is an amazing one. It's full of interactions with organisations and individuals who all play a different [...]

Cheng Du Training

A few weeks ago, Bethel China’s education team traveled to Chengdu in Sichuan province to run a workshop with 54 parents and grandparents of children with visual impairments! Our workshops give practical tools to help their child develop to live life to the fullest. Each time we run a workshop, we see families leave their [...]

Child of the week: Chen Rui (Petra)

Chen Rui (Petra)'s birthday is in January (2010) and she came to Bethel in July 2013. When she first arrived, she was scared and cried a lot. She didn't know how to or want to play with anyone. Even after the first week she began to get more familiar with her surroundings and she gave [...]

Child of the week: Lily!

Lily's Chinese name is Lili, which means beautiful! She is a sweet girl. She loves cuddles and especially loves it when she has her tummy tickled. She can't help but dissolve into fits of laughter!  Lily can feed herself with a spoon, drink water from her own cup and eat with her hands if there [...]