Monday, April 24, 2017

Give for Sawyer and Maya

In recent days, children across Guangdong province have been recalled from private foster care centers back to state welfare institutions. Because of our location in Guangdong, New Day South has been directly affected by this situation, and all of our children have been returned to their home orphanages.

While the children are no longer able to stay at our facility, we are doing all we can to ensure their continued health and well-being.  We are especially concerned about the children needing surgery and special medical care.  Four of our best and most well-trained nannies are still with these children on temporary assignment at their home orphanages and local hospitals.  We are also committed to providing each of these children the surgeries they still need

Our most immediate concern is for Sawyer and Maya who both have major surgeries coming up in the coming weeks.

Sawyer was born with a severe urological defect and his first surgery was not successful. One of our caregivers is with Sawyer now in the hospital as he prepares for surgery in the coming days.

Maya needs to gain weight and strength before she can have her needed heart surgery. One of our caregivers is with her now at her home orphanage giving her the one-on-one care she needs at this time.

Together, these surgeries will cost an estjimated $35,000.

We see this number and know that it is high, but we believe that each and every dollar will be provided for these sweet children. We can’t do this alone, but together we believe we can make a difference in Sawyer's and Maya's life. Would you partner with us to make this a reality? Will you join us in choosing hope for Sawyer and Maya?

Click Here to make a donation towards Sawyer's and Maya's surgery fund. 

Thank you for making a difference in their lives!
Friday, April 14, 2017

A Trip to the Market

Each Easter we love to dye eggs in our preschool class. White eggs are harder to find here, so we usually buy goose eggs. Not only are they white, but they are also bigger which makes it easier for little hands to decorate them!

There is a market close by that sells all kinds of things, including eggs, so we thought it might be a fun field trip for our older preschoolers. 

We loaded up the bike, some kids walked, others used the scooter, and off we went!

We found lots of eggs

And flowers

We saw lots of vegetables and spices

And fish and chicks!

Of course after so much looking and shopping it was time for a snack!

And we bought all the eggs we needed!

We were all tired so it was time to head home!

Such a fun and successful field trip! 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wordless Wednesday: Let's Ride!

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Therapy Fun!

Every day there is a lot going on in our therapy rooms. The kids all work so hard to gain strength and learn new skills. 

Freddy does a great job cutting with his special scissors!

Who knew fun things like blowing a noise maker could be part of therapy?

Yes, silly faces are absolutely allowed!

Who wants to race Matthew?

James knows that sometimes you might fall, but you just get back up and try again!

Austyn makes therapy more fun with music

And of course, therapy is filled with lots of laughter! 

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Transformation Tuesday: Ari

Ari was born in July of 2013 and 4 months later was found at a hospital. He was then diagnosed with a severe neurological defect and a GI defect. When we arrived at the orphanage his head circumference was 50 cm. When Ari arrived at New Day Foster Home on January 11, 2014 his head circumference had increased to 56.5cm. We knew that Ari needed intervention, and he needed it soon. 

Shortly after arriving Ari first surgery was completed. 

It was easy to see that Ari's nannies adored him by watching the ways they sweetly cared for him. 

And as a reward, they received his beautiful smiles!

However, Ari developed an infections which meant he spent the next several months in and out of the hospital. His shunt had to be removed because of the infection so his nannies stepped in and played the role of nurse and mama beautifully.

Finally, Ari was infection free, which means he was able to have his next surgery and move out of the CCU!

Ari was able to go outside more, meet more of the other kids, and start therapy.

When Ari turned 2 his nannies wondered about preschool. You see, when children turn 2 they start preschool at New Day, but Ari was upstairs, and would need a buddy, so they wondered how it would work. No worries! We found Ari a buddy and he started to experience the joys of preschool!

Ari was able to celebrate holidays, go on field trips, and experience all the things a growing boy should experience!

Anyone who meets Ari comments on two things, his huge smile and his infectious giggle. 

In Ari's bio, written when he arrived at New Day, it says, We look forward to watching his transformation and hope that he will heal, grow, and one day have a family of his own. 

We have watched Ari's healing. We have watched him grow. And now, we he gets to join a family of his very own!