Sunday, May 4, 2014

NDNorth: The Next Step

Part One | Part Two

Part one tells about the need... part two about the new babies who we are excited to care for. Now, what about some of the "middle" parts of this story?

The meeting was held in a conference room, Brian and Hannah Samuels with John Gao on one side, and seven orphanage staff and management on the other. Director Zhao began the meeting. "We're here to talk about the nanny project," he began, "and honestly I wonder why we haven't had this meeting sooner. We should have begun this project long ago, back before it was so obvious that we needed it so much."

We all nodded. Yes, the need was great, especially now. Two new babies had arrived in the last two days, and the three nannies were scrambling to care for over thirty children.

Our meeting on April 16th went as well as it possibly could have and an agreement was signed. The nanny project will begin almost immediately, the first step being the search and hiring of four nannies to provide 24/7 care for four children.

A little over a week later we met with six potential nannies and chose four of them to participate in training in Beijing, which should begin in a few days! The women we met were patient, kind and we are really looking forward to working with them.

This sweet woman below has been a temporary worker at the orphanage for the last few months and I was quite impressed with her each time I saw her. She is quiet yet welcoming. She just radiates a love of children and investing in their little lives. Her love is going to change some lives, we just know it!

The next step is training at our Beijing facility for these four women. We'll keep you updated.


  1. Best of luck in the new project. Being a nanny has GOT to be a tough job: mentally and physically demanding, plus the psychological issues of becoming attached to children only to see them (hopefully!) go on their way.

  2. Loved reading this! Excited about what's to come!!