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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes
  Easter at Beijing Home                    
        
Easter was very special for the children this year. Our preschool teacher Jenni, asked her brother to provide a very large bouncy castle in the garden for the children ( and some child-like adults, whom I won’t mention by name) for the day and they had a great time. Jenni also organized an Easter egg hunt and the children had a lot of fun. It was also Dr Martin’s youngest daughter, Charlotte’s birthday so that made it extra special. Mike and Becca Shook organized a cook-out with sausages and marshmallows we all had a great time.
 
tDr Martin had a short break this month and we are very grateful to family practitioner Dr Lim from Australia, pediatrician Dr Fannon from the US and general surgeon Dr Zhai for providing cover for him. It does not go unnoticed that it takes 3 people to do what Dr Martin, alone, does for New Hope Foundation. Our new floor ( 60 beds)in Zhengzhou CWI has admitted 10 children so far. Nurses Mariah and Eds with the help of Dr Lim have worked hard to settle the new children in. Finding and training suitable nannies has been difficult in that location but our Chinese supervisor Linda is still persisting. The main difficulty seems to be that the applicants don’t like working with orphans and this seems sad to me. Knowing Linda, she will eventually find the best nannies she can for the children and she will train them well.
We welcomed the Hansen family with great enthusiasm. Kelly and his wife Karen, a nurse, are very close to our hearts. They adopted one of our children whom we cared for almost since she was born and it has been wonderful to see Ashley again. She is now 9 years old, healthy and happy. They responded to our urgent need for nurses and Karen has come to volunteer for a year.
 

MedArt was again ever ready to help our babies this month and the team did a total of 19 babies received surgeries. There would have been more except of an outbreak of chickenpox in one of our Henan Centers. The children who were well enough to go to Suzhou needed plastic surgery, neurosurgery and urodynamic studies. Dr Lam, the plastic surgeon brought with him 2 more plastic surgeons Dr. CM Ho and Dr. WY Cheung to help him with the work load. We are very thankful for their assistance. We are always grateful to neurosurgeons Dr.CP Yu and Dr. YW Fan who are always ready for emergency cases that we add on to their lists at the last minute. We are also very grateful to the team in Suzhou University hospital who have made it possible for the MedAt team to help our children;  Dr Zhou, for being the liaison, Dr Wu and his anesthetic team members who never fail to give us first class support and of course all the operating room and ward staff at the hospital who were willing to work extra time during the weekend that the team was there.
 

Quote: The great gift of Easter is hope – Christian hope which makes us have that confidence in God, in his ultimate triumph, and in his goodness and love, which nothing can shake. - Basil C. Hume
 
 
Hope Healing Home, Beijing
Victoria, Kalel, Truett, Wyler, Dirk, Christiana, and AvaJo were sent to Suzhou for complex evaluations and surgeries with MedArt. They all returned doing very well. Saaya (pictured below) was able to go for heart surgery in Beijing. Archie returned from surgery in Hong Kong with MedArt. Pierce/Cheyne returned from his medical testing in America and then returned to our Zhengzhou Special Care Unit
 
 
Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption
We are very pleased to see that Claire and Terah were both adopted this month. Their Mom came to visit us pictured in the middle below.

 
                           
 
 
Special Care Centers in the Henan Province: Jiaozuo, Luoyang, Xinyang, and Zhengzhou (These Centers provide humane and loving hospice care for infants and young children with severe congenital defects who are unlikely to survive under normal circumstances.  Those who survive are unexpected blessings)
 
Jiaozuo (Show Hope Special Care Center)
Shirley was transferred to our Beijing Hope Healing Home after recovering from heart surgery in Beijing. Mayer was admitted.

 
 
Luoyang (Show Hope Special Care Center)
MBHOH (Maria’s Big House of Hope)
 
April, Amber, Merci, Reese, Meileigh, Shevann, Kenlee, Kennedy, Nickolotte, Rodney, and Trenor were admitted. Yale, Reese, Kasen, Calen, and Cannan were sent to local hospitals for further evaluation. Kaley (pictured below) was sent to Hangzhou for heart surgery. Danika, Justice, Kellan, Russell, Yaniza, Merci, Zelda, Sonja, Hanani, Kamen, and Celeste were sent to Suzhou for MedArt and returned after a successful trip. Chilton and Xenith had successful surgery at the local hospital then returned to our Zhengzhou Special Care Unit. Vicente was sent to Kaifeng for cleft surgery with a Love Without Boundaries team and returned looking great. Elliot, Huntley, Oakley, Danny, and Cedric all returned from surgery. Jethro, Yale, and Calen also returned from the local hospital. Cedric and Yaniza were transferred back to our Xinyang Special Care Unit. Kylee passed away peacefully. Jamison, Boone, Pleydell, Gralson, Cataleya, Jane, Charlie, Chessa, and Luxley were all returned to their local orphanage.
 
 

Xinyang (Show Hope Special Care Center)
Addie and Yuliya were admitted. Ricky was admitted then sent to MBHOH for further care. Tenley had successful surgery in Suzhou with MedArt.
 
Zhengzhou (Show Hope Special Care Center)
Yale, Cannan, and Barton were admitted and then transferred to MBHOH for further evaluation. Zan, Calen, Beckah, Tenley, Zarina, Slade, Doran, Casey, Darkon, Lydon, Rheja, Madeline, Lisandro, and Kylynn were also admitted. Doran and Kylynn passed away. Lydon was sent to a local hospital for surgery. Zan, Teniel and Cohen returned to their orphanage.
 

 
Love Without Boundaries Heartbridge Rehabilitation Unit (18 beds)

Patrick was admitted. Love Without Boundaries’ Celeste was sent to Shanghai for further evaluation and returned to us. Steven and Lucas returned from the hospital, but Steven needed to be admitted again.
 
Thanks and Needs

This month we have again had lots of visitors among them the Roots & Shoots group from ISB who have planted 4000 flowers which will make our home look really nice all summer.We also had a really big donation of Baby clothes from Roundabout here in Beijing.  
We also had a letter from the father of Ray Schmitt (pictured below) about his adopted son who was one of our babies for a couple of years. Ray has been making dog leashes from paracord and selling them to raise funds for us here in China isn't that amazing.
 
                                 

Again we would like to thank all of you that have supported us in so many ways again we had just enough for this month.

This is an appeal to  the guys out there (only they will understand this) in Beijing we have some large areas of lawn to keep tidy and there are a couple of guys here who would love a ride-on mower to keep this all tidy, we can also take the kids for rides. I do not want to use normal funds for this but if there is one of you out there that would like to buy us one the cost is $3,500. 
 


 
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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   rsdorris@gmail.com

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

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

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