Typhoon Haiyun: Five Months Later

by Guillaume Gauvain Right after the typhoon hit on November 8th 2013, we were able to deliver a couple of tons of rice to Cebu and Leyte island as well as medicine, canned food and clothes to Libaong village. In the first few days, we cleared roads to restore access to main road from Libaong [...]

An Update from Our Founder

  Guillaume some great news that we want to share with all of our supporters and friends! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KFYE-Z7qC8M&feature=youtu.be Five years ago, Bethel launched the '555' project. The goal of the project was to look outside of Bethel and help visually impaired children across China. The project was named after its goals to reach: 5000 children [...]

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. [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: June 2013

Hello! Greetings from the Gauvain family!  In case this is the first time you receive this newsletter, it’s an informal blurb I send to let people know about what our family is doing including the projects we have started in China and now in Cebu.  Enjoy... Say hello to the new kid on the block [...]

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: January 2013

Hello! Before we left China I told you that we wanted to take you all on an adventure with my family as we embark for Cebu island and see how we can be of help.   The beginning is what I call the “birth pains”.  You are getting ready to start something, but not sure exactly [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: November 2012

Hello, If you are new to this newsletter, welcome.  This is an informal update from the Gauvain family, who shares about what’s happening in their life on their little island (Cebu, Philippines) and updates you about the work their started 11 years ago in China, serving the blind orphans. NEWS FROM CEBU The Gauvains are [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: October 2012

Hello! Sports Day was rained off…so the primary school kids had an indoor games day! The amazing Teacher Fang put everything together in about 20 minutes and it was wonderful! Each classroom had a different game to play and each child was paired up with a volunteer from a church team who came from New [...]

Guillaume’s Blog: September 2012

Hello! I thought I would say “hello” as we are continuing on our great American adventure.  We were just in Texas: We have met with Kara in Oregon who use to be on Bethel’s board, and are staying now with Joan who also use to be o n the board of directors.  While in Colorado [...]

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 [...]

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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 [...]