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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
Dear Friends and Supporters,

Happy Year of the Monkey! We’ve had a month full of fireworks, red lanterns and dumplings all around us. Thankfully this year’s fireworks were tamer than the last several years have been and didn’t seem to disturb the sleep of too many of our children.  Now that Spring Festival has come to an end, we truly do wait with anticipation for the arrival of springtime. Some of the nannies have bundled the kids up and braved the cold, but we’re all anxious have all the children able to go out and play in warmer weather once more.
 
     
Gemma, Annie and Victoria wishing you a Happy Chinese New Year!
 
This month, Robin and I are proud to announce the arrival of our 8th grandchild, Anna, daughter of our son Adam and his wife Asami.
 
 
As we mentioned in last month's newsletter, this month has come with a few changes in staffing for us as we’ve restructured our child to nanny ratio from 2-1 to 3-1 and slightly lowered our bed count in Beijing from 54 to 45. This is just one of the steps we are taking in order to lower our running costs to prevent reaching a point as we did last year where we had to greatly downsize the number of beds and let many of our nannies go.  We are hoping these changes now will help to offer continued stability to our work and the high level of care we are able to offer our children.
 
Many times we are asked by individuals “what do you need?” And most of the time, we direct people to the needs list on our website. This month however, we would like to let you know of a very specific need we have for three children currently under care in our Henan units. Some of you may remember a few months back that we mentioned some really neat and accessible wheelchairs we’ve found for our children who are unable to walk. Several of our children are currently using the ZipZac chairs and have found a new sense of freedom and mobility they’ve never known (children such as Isaac and Justice, pictured at the top header of the newsletter). All of the chairs we have are currently being used and we’re finding ourselves in need of 3 more of these chairs. If you feel led to help purchase one or more of these ZipZac chairs for our children, please contact Robin and he will send you more information.
 
This month we welcome new volunteer Ananya from Singapore. Ananya visited us several years ago as a student during her school’s “Project Week” and now she has returned to help us as a long-term volunteer.

 
Quote: “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” Helen Keller
    
Joyce
Dr. M J Hill MBBS. FRACGP. AM.
Director/ Founder
News of Hospitalizations and Surgeries

Jacob had ear surgery at the famous Beijing Friendship Hospital to treat his hearing loss.  This was organized and paid for by the local Baking for Orphans group.  We are very grateful.
 

Alesander needed to be hospitalized and returned to us doing better.  Alexander worsened this month after returning to us from heart surgery.  He needed to be quickly sent to the local hospital for further care then later returned to us doing better.  Cailyn also needed to be hospitalized.  Gaines and Kenzli returned from the hospital, but they both needed to go again for inpatient treatment this month.  They have returned again doing well.  Xayanna returned to us through Beijing from Hong Kong, was transferred to Zhengzhou, then went for adoption all this month.  We are grateful she is with her new family.  Zion returned from the hospital but worsened again and required inpatient treatment.  He was then transferred to our Zhengzhou location for further care.
 
 
News of Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Ian, Nura, Ricky, and Xayanna were adopted!  We have also heard that DR Long was previously adopted!
 
 

News from Hope Healing Home in Beijing

Stacy returned to us after heart surgery in Hong Kong.
 
 
News from the five 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 conditions who many times are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are great blessings.
 
1. Jiaozuo Show Hope Special Care Center

Keehn and Thomas-Yuri were transferred from Beijing.  Leny sadly passed away.
 
2. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang, a Show Hope Special Care Center (currently in temporary residence)

Addie, Chuck, Feniza, Harryl, John, Madria, and Siam were transferred from Xinyang, and Rylynn was transferred from Beijing.  Kaden returned from the hospital doing much better.
 
3. Nanyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Other than the above surgeries and hospitalizations, no major medical events occurred with the children of Nanyang this month.
 
4. Xinyang Show Hope Special Care Center

Other than the above surgeries and hospitalizations, no major medical events occurred with the children of Xinyang this month.
 
5. Zhengzhou Show Hope Special Care Center

Giancarlo, Jadine, Sereyna, and Simone-Vicente were admitted.  Archer, Daniela, Easley, Hestia, Jayson, Lemuel, and Yuliya were transferred from Xinyang.  Raleigh was transferred from Beijing.  Alesandria and Gail returned to us from surgeries.  Manning returned to us after an extended hospitalization.  We were sad to see Tasha and Ziggy need to return to their orphanage.  Sadly, Waverlee passed away.
 
Thanks and Needs

Thank you to Max Morrell who brought over 6 suitcases full of supplies from the US on a recent trip to China to adopt his little brother. Max is an Eagle Scout and as part of a project he chose to collect supplies for us, along with a financial donation. Max chose to use the financial donation to sponsor some of the children he met during his visit here to Hope Foster Home.
 
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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 country. New Hope Foundation staff will be at the airport to pick up the supplies in Beijing. If you are 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: 615-403-1242  
suitcasesoflove@gmail.com

b) From the UK:  Jennifer Drake, Surrey  china.drake@gmail.com

c) From Melbourne, Australia: Topsy D’Cruz  topsydcruz@gmail.com  
Address: 18 Sassafras Dr, Lower Templestowe Victoria  3107, Australia
Phone: 03 98504339     Mobile: 0400 585 379

d) From Sydney, Australia: Susan Mukundan  susan_mukundan@hotmail.com 
Phone:  02 94888101    Mobile:   0414 911 309