Dear Friends and Supporters,
The last few months have been a mixture of both good and not so good news. The good news is that so many of our babies have been going for adoption and also many babies have received much needed surgeries with the help of our MedArt and Mending Kids friends. Also because of the support from the Chow Tai Fook Charity Foundation and many others, our Beijing Centerâ€™s financial situation is on a very firm base.
Our long-time partner in the work in Henan, Show Hope, continues to provide very significant support - all told they have made a commitment of almost $3M to assist in the work in Henan this upcoming year. And while full funding of all available beds has always been their goal, the size of our operations there now requires that we find additional financial help in order to maximize the number of beds we are able to fill and thus the number of children in Henan we can care for.
The not so good news is that over the next 12 months we have a shortfall of US$1,000,000 in the funding for the Special Care Centers in Henan (a reduction of 1/4 over previous year). This means that we need to reduce the number of babies in our care by around 80 babies in the next few months. Some of these babies will be adopted, some will pass away, but the majority will be returned to the Government Childrenâ€™s Welfare Institutes (CWI). We are of course very sad that this has to happen but there is no way around this unless another donor comes along.
Our first step will be to reduce our Jiaozuo Special Care Center from 36 babies to 12. This will happen during the month of August. We will move babies to other units where space permits and 8 children who are able to cope will return to the Jiaozuo CWI. We are prayerfully asking for God to identify those individuals and donor organizations that can walk alongside New Hope and Show Hope in Henan to provide the optimum care possible.
Since Joyce and I started in this work in 1999 we have seen God provide over and over again for what He wanted to do and we really believe that is still the case. We count you all as our friends and you have all been a part of this work; we feel that it is only right that we put this situation before you all.
With Love and Gratitude,
Robin, Joyce and the New Hope Staff
Faith sees the invisible, believes the unbelievable and receives the impossible.
Corrie Ten Boom