“Look With Your Heart” Public Awareness Campaign Press Release

Yesterday afternoon, in Beijing’s 1949 Jing A Taproom, a group of 100 caring people from the business and NGO community gathered to witness the premier of the music video “Love Is Blind, Look With Your Heart”. The event was hosted charismatically and impressively by nine year old Tracy Fen, who attends the Beijing School for [...]

Bethel China’s 10 year Birthday Party!

Wow! What a night! On Saturday 14th December, Bethel's founders, team, kids and over 500 supporters came to the Regent Hotel to celebrate Bethel China's 10 year anniversary. The kids hosted the event, played musical instruments, sang, and had a lot of fun. We watched videos with photos from the early years of Bethel China, [...]

Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief

Bethel Philippines Typhoon Haiyan Disaster Relief – 11th November On Friday 8th November 2013, one of the world’s most powerful storms to ever make landform hit the Philippines. Typhoon Haiyan is expected to have caused 10,000 deaths although the official death toll is still unknown. For more news reports, please see the BBC news page. [...]

555 Family training June 2013

During the last week of June, Bethel’s Project 555 held a workshop on how to care for and educate young children with visual impairments. Over 20 parents (and grandparents) who have young children with blindness. We were happy to welcome many parents and grandparents to the training so that they could become better equipped to [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: March 2013

Maayong buntag! (good morning in Cebuano) That’s a picture we took a few days before we left China.  I love it because it’s so full of life! The 18th Congress of the communist party is being held these days in China.  It’s a funny feeling when they have the congress, it feels that for a [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: August 2012 – Leaving China

Hello, Well, this is it folks.  The Gauvains are all packed up.  We are saying good bye to old friends and 11 years of China.  Our plane leaves tomorrow, and we’ll be on our way to a new adventure.  We are so humbled when we look at what we leave behind, and the amazing team [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: June 2012

Hi, Our suitcase are packed, I am answering the last emails... tomorrow we are flying to France! I’m taking a break from the weekly newsletters I have been writing since August last year! I have really enjoyed writing them and really what I wanted to do was to take you on the adventure with us.  [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: June 2012 – Building a Leadership Team

Hello! I want to talk to you a bit about our BBQ (for new subscribers, no Bethel didn’t open a new restaurant, it’s just how we call our headquarters in Beijing: Bethel Beijing Quarters).  As you can see throughout my weekly newsletter Bethel is an active place and there is enough happening that I can [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: May 2012

Hello, On Tuesday I went down to Doudian and it was sports day.  Bethel was filled with laughter, energy and peace.  All the visitors tell me the same thing, there is something special in the air at Bethel.  If you haven’t, you should really come and check it out.  Actually June 2nd would be a [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: April 2012 – Start of the Changping project

  When we started Bethel, we were a bit naive.  Delphine and I just told all the orphanages: “if they’re blind, just send them to us!”.  We quickly realized that for many, blindness was their smallest problem.  Mental delays, autism was a much bigger challenge to us than visual impairment.  Our visits to orphanages confirm [...]

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 [...]