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To Comfort always, to Relieve often, to Save sometimes   
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Dear Friends and Supporters,
 
As many of you know from our previous months newsletters, we’ve been looking to May with great anticipation as we prepared for the British Embassy’s Away Day, in partnership with Jaguar Land Rover. May has come and gone and left us with some wonderfully renovated and colorful spaces around the home. We’ve included below some photos for you to see the many transformations that took place in 3 days’ time with the help of 300+ workers!

 
 
Since one of the projects that the British Embassy undertook was our preschool classroom renovation, our awesome preschool teachers/volunteers got creative this month to provide the children with some exciting opportunities outside the classroom. One of these opportunities included a trip to the Beijing Aquarium. For most, if not all of our children, this was likely the first time they had seen large fish (other than the ones in the fish tank in our lobby), ridden in a large coach, and for some the first time eating chicken nuggets and French fries!
 
 
 
We are very happy to have the Dorris family visiting with us for several weeks. As most of you know, Rebecca Dorris is our supply suitcase coordinator in the US and has been sending supply suitcases from the US to China for 14 years through what she calls “Suitcases of Love.” She, her husband Charles and their three daughters have been and continue to be such a great blessing to our ministry. Please see info at the bottom of our newsletter if you are interested in helping send supplies our way via Rebecca.
 
 
 
With Love and Gratitude,

Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff

"I expect to pass through this world but once; any good thing therefore that I can do, or any kindness that I can show to any fellow creature, let me do it now; let me not defer or neglect it for I shall not pass this way again."
- Steven Grellet
AQUARIUM FUN!
A huge thanks to volunteer Stephanie for raising the funds for our field trips to the Beijing Aquarium and giving our children such a unique and enlightening experience!



We were very glad to have a visit from Jana Schmidt, CEO/Founder of Little Flowers of China. We are very grateful for her support and the many supplies she has sent our way! www.littleflowersofchina.org
This month we had:
2 admissions
No deaths
11 hospitalizations and surgeries
8 adoptions
 
For the first time in our memory, we have had a month where no babies in our care have passed away. 
We are very grateful.

Baby News and Movements from Hope Healing Home

Stacy was able to go for surgery in Hong Kong with MedArt and is recovering very well! Kale was transferred from the Zhengzhou Special Care Center. Gaines and Kenzli returned from the hospital.
We are pleased to announce that Isabella left for adoption. Although his discharge was noted in a past newsletter, we were very happy to have a visit from Steve and his family, who were returning to China for a second adoption.
 

Isabella


Steve (now Sammy) and his family, pictured with Robin
 
 
News from our Henan Special Care Centers
 
Confirmed Adoptions and Our Hopes for Adoption

Abree, Emma, Erick, Greyson, Kiera, Tracer, and Vincent left us for adoption!
 
    
 
British Embassy's 2016 Away Day
 
As you can imagine, a project of this magnitude would be difficult to fully pull off in 3 days.
A bit of prep and foundation work was done ahead of time to prepare for the big event…
 
 
Away Day 1 arrived with great excitement as our children and nannies congregated out on the front lawn to meet the 150 workers who would be arriving that morning (including the British Ambassador to China).
 
 
Teams arrive followed by the British Ambassador


Victoria and Amos excited to participate in the morning's events


Archie accepting a plaque from the Ambassador on behalf of NHF

After the brief welcome and introduction, it was off to work!

Archie, Herakles and Darkon helped with the Memorial Wall painting


Joe and Ray... well, they painted each other!

Memorial Wall & Garden


Large playground transformed in just hours!


Preschool classroom and playground


Chicken coops

 
Day 1 ended a bit earlier than planned as the workers were so eager to get things done that they worked far faster than had been anticipated!
 
Away Day 2 brought 90 workers who continued the work that had been started on Day 1, including loads of painting!
 
 
Away Day 3 brought the last of the 90 workers to complete the tasks and put the last minute finishes on everything.
 

Preschool classroom


Preschoolers helping put finishing touches on preschool playground


Large playground


Memorial garden and wall with the names of over 900 children who have passed away in our care,
all loved and cared for


Chicken coops


New yurt doors

We are so grateful for all the planning, resources and manual labor that went into this project. The kids love their new playgrounds and classroom, our staff is enjoying the quietness and beauty of the memorial garden and we’re all enjoying fresh eggs!
 

Away Day Planning Team
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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