Xiayi is a happy and extroverted little girl. She loves to run and jump and she loves to chase after her ayis if they clap or call her name. She is nonverbal but she loves playing with her caregivers so we hope after some time one-on-one she’ll start speaking. She is new to us but loves to explore so she is quite familiar with the classroom already. Xiayi has light perception and she uses it well to orient herself.
Love is Blind in Zhengzhou is located within the Zhengzhou social welfare centre, who have provided a space for Bethel to care for their visually impaired orphans. The centre was opened in December 2011. We have some wonderful ayis and teachers at this project and we hope that our project in the Zhengzhou orphanage will be an example to other orphanages, and that we can be a witness of high-quality care. These visually impaired children in Zhengzhou live with foster families in the orphanage and Bethel provides specialized care, therapy and education for these children.