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 [...]

Alphabet Soup for the Soul

Today's blog is from Mimi Sanders, who has just returned home from a season of volunteer teaching with Bethel China. Mimi taught the Chipmunk class in the spring/summer of 2014, and she has written a beautiful post about her experience: In the summer of 2011, a seed was planted in my heart. I went on [...]

How did I get here? Jes’ story (Part 2)

If you haven’t read part 1 of Jes’ blog post, make sure you hop over here and read it first!   Two weeks later I was back in the States to raise support for my move to Bethel. I had never done anything like this. I was about to live in the middle of nowhere [...]

How did I get here? Jes’ story (Part 1)

Today, one of our preschool teachers, Jes tells us about why she ended up volunteering with Bethel China. For more information about volunteering with Bethel, email chloe@bethelchina.org   Two years ago, if you would have told me that I would be living in China taking care of children with visual impairments/eye issues who are orphans, [...]

Christina and Sara’s Excellent Adventure

Today we are hearing from Sara, who is one of Christina’s sponsors. She is in China for a few weeks doing some fun, educational activities with Christina to encourage independence. Hope you enjoy her story! Today was a day I have been promising Christina for some time.  We have long talked about going shopping together [...]

Speech-Language Pathologist Job Description

Position: Speech-Language Pathologist (Volunteer) Minimum 3 month commitment, at least 2 days per week Responsibilities: - Provide direct assessment and intervention for a broad range of pediatric communication disorders - Assign and manage a clinical caseload independently - Collaborate with teachers and caregivers in developing treatment goals and plans - Provide education and consultative support [...]

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, [...]

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 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 [...]

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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 [...]