Help Sponsor An Orphan
Organized by: Mara Mittenthal
As my 20th birthday approaches, I'm realizing that there aren't many "things" that I want anymore. I want to help change lives and as many of you know, I have been to China twice in the last two years to help enrich the lives of orphans in the China Care Home. The China Care Home is a place in Beijing that was created for children all over China to get the proper healthcare they need. The children have diverse illnesses, such as club foot, cleft lip and palate, heart disease, organ dislocation, cataracts, and many others. They are able to come to the home where they receive their pre and post surgical care. The nannies are trained to take care of children who require special medical attention.
Both years that I went, I stayed for approximately two weeks. It only took two weeks for the kids to win me over. Their contagious laughter and bright smiles could light up any room. They would call me Jiějiě, which meant older sister. I spent a great deal of time touring and getting to know my fellow adoptees on the trip; however, my favorite moments were the ones spent with the kids. Despite their disabilities, the kids have so much positive energy and appreciate every little thing that life has to offer.
The kids in the home have hearts big enough to change the world. Their was a 6 year old boy who loved to play cars in the hallway. He had one of the biggest smiles and was the first to scream Jiějiěs the second we all walked off the elevator. One of the girls on the trip brought the kids stickers and journals. He wasn't old enough for a journal yet, but he sure loved the stickers. He was given one sheet of stickers from the Disney Cars movie and he handed out a sticker to everyone in the room. He put a Lightning McQueen sticker on my hand and climbed onto my lap and began making jokes. To this day I have that sticker on my computer, and as I type this I think of him and I hope that he has found his forever family.
Every child deserves to be loved and have a home. I know that I can't change every life in China, but I can change one at a time. That's what Half the Sky's mission is – to change one life at a time.
My birthday falls near Christmas and this year I'm asking for donations rather than gifts. I hope to raise $300 which will sponsor one child for a year. It will ensure that the child receives the nurturing care and education that they need so they can have the chance for a bright future.
I thank you in advance for your kindness and consideration for a cause so near and dear to my heart. If you are interested in making an additional donation or would like to sponsor a child of your own, please visit halfthesky.org! Thank you very much and I hope you have a blessed holiday season.