New Hope Foundation Ltd. May 2014 Newsletter

To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes

               In loving memory of Bran

              Although Bran had been doing well, he became ill this month and needed to be admitted to the local hospital.  The hospital staff did all they could, but he sadly passed away a few days later.  He will be missed very much.

Dear Friends and Supporters,
This month the babies continue to come and go.  Surgeries continue to be done and babies continue to be admitted, adopted or given comfort as they pass away. This road is a hard one that we travel on, with difficult decisions to be made for the children but each decision is made with the child’s best interest at heart as if they are our own biological children. While I have handed over the medical work to Dr. Steve Martin and he is doing an exceptional job with the help of Dr Zhai and our precious nurses, I sit on the sidelines and watch the struggles they go through to give the children the best care possible. There are so many children in need and our beds are constantly full. We have more than 300 children that we care for in our 5 centers and each of these children is loved.
  On a personal note, my injured brain continues to heal and some of the lost memories are coming back in small ways. I am trying to focus on the things I can do and not on the skills that I have lost. I try not to be frustrated with my inability to function as I used to. I continue to make baby quilts for the babies that we will receive in the new Nanyang Center at the end of this year. We need 72 quilts and I am hoping to be able to finish them in time.
    Our 14 year old daughter Katie is attending an Outward Bound school in the North Carolina this summer and while Rob and I are anxious as this is the first time that she has been away from us, with people she has never met, we know that she will learn much. She trained hard to be physically fit before she left and was very keen to go and we think that she will learn more confidence. Outwardly she appears confident but she is a gentle, caring little soul who struggles with the knowledge that she  was once abandoned. I have faith that she will do well and can't wait to have her home to hear about her adventures.
Apparently, as part of the course, she will be left on her own in the wilderness for 2 days to survive on her own in a tent that she has to put up by herself and she has to cook her own food. It will be quite a change from having our maid ( or Rob) to cook her meals and someone to clean her room, wash her clothes and make her bed for her. Rob will fly back to North Carolina to pick her up in a couple of weeks. He says it is really beautiful where she is and apart from a few rain showers, the weather is great.
Deuteronomy 31:6 Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
 News of Surgeries from New Hope Foundation’s Five Locations
Eara, Gus, Meadow, Sarahli, Leia, Addie, and JT were all sent for neurosurgery in Suzhou with Dr. Yu from MedArt.  This was a huge undertaking for the surgeons and the hospital staff.  We are very thankful for their willingness to help so many children with complicated medical problems.  Eara, Gus, Sarahli, and JT have already returned and are doing very well.  Holland was also sent to Suzhou but sadly passed away before surgery could be done.  Hamilton, Micah, Xiomar, Zale, Mallory, and Yollie had cleft surgeries in Jiaozuo.  They are all doing well.  Maisen went for cleft surgery in Shanghai sponsored by Ai You Foundation.  Kingston was sent for heart surgery in Shanghai.  LI Yuan had eye surgery in Beijing and is recovering well.  Mariana was admitted in Zhengzhou then transferred to Luoyang for urgent surgery.  She had improved but then needed to be hospitalized.  Jessica-Hope was admitted in Luoyang then was sent for urgent surgery at a local hospital.  Trenor also went for surgery in Luoyang.
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption
Evan, Zimran, Silas, and Quenna were confirmed to have been adopted.  Weston went to his orphanage to prepare for an upcoming adoption.  Halden, Heidi, and Zuwena were adopted.
       Evan                       Zimran                  Silas                     Quenna

   Western                      Halden                        Hedi                Zuwena
News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing
DW Sheng, XY Gang, and L Shuang were admitted.  LI Yuan needed a brief hospitalization for her eyes then was sent for surgery later.  Audreylynn returned from the local hospital without heart surgery.  Shirley returned from the hospital doing much better.  Thornleigh returned to Beijing from Hong Kong after complex surgery with MedArt.  Steve needed to return to his orphanage to allow a new baby with cleft lip and palate to come.  He will be missed.  Three babies, Patrick, Joel, and Tate, left to go to a newly opened Love Without Boundaries unit in Anhui.
News from the four Special Care Centers in Henan Province
These centers provide humane and loving medical and hospice care for infants and young children with a range of congenital defects who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are great blessings.
1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center
Laranda was admitted weighing less than 3 pounds.  Zipporah was also admitted and peacefully passed away a week later.
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center
Issachar, Jeshua, Rylynn, and Thoryn and were admitted.  Aiken, Garrick, Nizzar, and Steven needed to be sent to the local hospital for inpatient care.  Aiken, Garrick, and Steven returned doing well, but Aiken and Steven soon needed to be re-admitted to the hospital.  Sadly, Nizzar did not improve and passed away.  Clayton and Meileigh returned from the hospital doing better, but Meileigh again needed to be sent to the hospital for treatment.  Benedict returned from Suzhou after a prolonged hospitalization and multiple surgeries.  Giovanna and Vicente needed to return to her orphanages.  Xielle and Eleazar passed away, and they are dearly missed. 

3. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center
Hestia and Katarina were admitted.  Jolee returned to Xinyang after evaluation in Shanghai.  She does not need surgery at this time.  Boston peacefully passed away.
4. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center
Brent, Greyson, Houston, Meadow, and Shalom were admitted.  Michal was also admitted but needed to return to the orphanage a few weeks later.  Quentin was sent to the hospital for worsening of his condition.  He then needed to be sent to another hospital for further evaluation.  Hillary and Paris were also sent to the local hospital, and they both returned doing better.  Thaddeus, Willard and Zhengzhou’s Zeke returned from heart surgery doing well.  Baldwin, Clifford, Quesha/Sofie Joy, and Quincy needed to return to their orphanage.  Jaeger was sent to the local hospital for urgent intervention, but sadly he did not make it.  Calum and Wilona also sadly passed away.

Thanks and Needs
Once again we would like to thank all of you who silently support the work we do here in China. It is always amazing to see the way that through each of you God is providing for the care of our babies. A special thanks goes to Portions for Orphans for helping with medical expenses mentioned last month and also Tudor Foundation for their ongoing support.

We do still need funds for our general running costs to cover Beijing unit. This is around US$75,000 per month and we do not have any reserves to cover this at all.

We are also starting to raise funds for the the new unit we plan to open in Nanyang. If you would like more information please contact Robin by email or reply to this newsletter..  

This month we really need travelers coming from Australia to help bring over some of the quilts for the new unit in Nan Yang. Please see below for details as how you can help. 

 Thank you for all of your support 
                           Robin, Joyce and Steve 
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Travelers Needed
We are in need of travelers from the US, UK and Australia to Beijing to help bring in much needed supplies for our children. None of these supplies are “restricted items” and do not have to be declared at customs. The items will be mailed to you within the country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you able to help or know of other travelers who are willing to help please contact   the following:

a) From the US: Rebecca Dorris, Tennessee, Phone 615-371-5221

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey,

c) From Melbourne Australia: Topsy D’Cruz Email:  Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia. Phone: 03 98504339 Mobile: 0400585379

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan Email:  Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309