For adoptions from China one of the big expenses is the orphanage donation. And while the word "donation" is used, this isn't a voluntary donation. It's a mandatory donation to the orphanage the child is coming from. The money is used to help care for the orphans that remain in the orphanage's care. This amount is large. Nearly $6,000. Honestly, we need to fundraise this amount and a little more to be able to fully fund this adoption.
A year or so ago, Guangdong province opened a number of 'safe rooms' to provide a safe way for parents who felt they had no other option, to abandon their sick child. Within only a few days the orphanages became overwhelmed by the influx of special needs children. (http://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/babies-04012014140949.html) & (http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2595184/Heartbreaking-moments-parents-say-goodbye-sons-daughters.html)
Hongjie's orphanage is one of the orphanages that received an overwhelming number of newly abandoned children during that time. A friend recently visited his orphanage and has been kind enough to share pictures with us.
So many children!! Precious babies, precocious toddlers, & amazingly adorable children!! This orphanage is quite large and working so hard to care for the many, many children. Please look at these children and pray for them.
I'm still overwhelmed by these pictures. No matter how colorful or 'nice' this room looks, friends this just shouldn't be. These little ones all need families!!
And so do these older children!! Each of these children is loved by their Heavenly Father and he has a plan for each and every one of them and I believe he calls us, his church to rise up and be his hands and feet for them. For us, that means adopting, but we know for others that means praying, for others that means providing financial support.
And this is where we get to be a blessing! This is where the church can help to be Jesus' hands for these precious children. Many of you have asked what you can do to help us along this journey. The answer is this: help us raise the orphanage donation!
There are a few options for this.
The amazingly popular shirts that helped raise Laila's orphanage donation are back for a limited time!! We will, once again, use this design to help raise the required orphanage donation for Hongjie's adoption.
These shirts are $20 each w/$2 shipping per shirt. Offered in children's size 2t, 3t, 4/5, 6/7, 8/9, 10/12 and adult sizes XS, S, M, L, XL, 2XL, & 3XL.
Colors available: white, heather grey, cobalt blue, & purple
To order: email me your order (firstname.lastname@example.org) & you can make a donation in the amount due to our Adopt Together or Paypal account provided on our blog. I am taking pre-orders through the end of July.
We will also kick off a mudlove bracelet fundraiser that is announced in my next blog post.
And lastly, you could decide to donate money that will go directly to the orphanage donation here.
And lastly, for the fellow Cityhope friend who left this anonymous donation on our window and helped to propel us onto this journey, your loving donation is the first one added to the orphanage donation.
Thanks so much to everyone supporting us and cheering us on and praying us through this process. We love you guys!!