Reading the Dots

Books and stories can change lives, but learning to read can be difficult, especially with a visual impairment. We collected some helpful resources, including encouragement and tips for when braille is frustrating your student, a fashion accessory that promotes awareness and literacy, and how to combine math and literacy with a sensory counting book. Click [...]

Song Po and Miss Paula

Today’s blog post is written by Paula, who lives in Beijing with her family. She teaches English and music to the Bethel kids on Friday afternoons: "Song Po (Jimmy) and I met 2 years ago and I was immediately drawn to his shy smile.  At first, he rarely spoke to me in English or Chinese, [...]

The Making of Bethel China’s 2014 calendar

By Sibylla Grottke The last weeks have been hectic: shopping for art supplies! As we are working with blind children, the craft projects have to be tactile, something to get the feel of.  Today, there are 4 of us preparing the calendar. As soon as the kids’ home, Keary and Annika (our photographers) start snapping [...]

The history of the Bethel calendar

By Sibylla Grottke Since 2005, my husband and I have been sponsoring Bethel China. My friend Eleanor, an artist from the US and I taught art and English at Bethel on a weekly basis, as volunteers. With the limited storage space at the ever-growing foster home, our art projects disappeared on a regular basis, to [...]

Beijing Marathon 2013

On the 20th October 2013, 19 children with visual impairments ran 4km in the Beijing Marathon, accompanied by over 100 volunteers. It is an amazing achievement for each child and it was great to see so many people support our kids! Many of the runners who did the mini, half and full marathon crossed the [...]

International White Cane Day 2013

One of the subjects that Bethel’s kids are taught is Orientation & Mobility (O&M). The purpose of O&M is for people with visual impairments to learn to travel as safely and independently at possible. 'Mobility' refers to specific methods to help move around safely, such as using a white cane. Here Miao Miao (Lisa) is [...]

Eric the Engineer’s birthday treat!

  Dong Fang (Eric) is a 12-year-old boy who has been in Bethel’s care for three years. He is very clever. He had never learned Braille before coming to Bethel, and after just a few weeks, he could read! He was one in the first group of children who started going to the Beijing School [...]

Sponsorship Stories: Chris and Brenda

Around Christmas time 2012 I was made aware of Bethel through the local British Club in Beijing (Bethel was one of their sponsored Charities). I was immediately interested in the work that Bethel was doing in Beijing to help the orphaned children in their care. Although my husband Chris and I have no real personal [...]

Bethel Mini Marathon

  On November 25th 2012, 9 of Bethel’s children participated in the Beijing Marathon. The children had been training for a number of months, and today was the day! The race started with over 30,000 people in the centre of Beijing, Tiananmen Square, and the kids ran for 4.2 kilometres to the finish line. Each [...]

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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. [...]

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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)

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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 [...]