Thursday, May 11, 2023

Meet Some New Friends

We would like to introduce some new faces to you. They are Caleb, Esther, and Enoch from the Savannah project, and Jacob and Gabriel from the foster family program. Let's get to know them!


Born in April 2022, brain dysplasia, developmental delay.

Caleb is a quiet boy, and he is rarely heard crying. His body lacks muscle tone, and he can't turn over or sit up yet, but he has the desire to do so. The grasping ability of his hand has improved, and he can grasp a toy when it is placed in his hand.

He has a good appetite, he can drink milk from a bottle by himself, and baby food has been added to his diet. Sitting in the toddler booster seat, he will twist his wrists, lift his little feet, and has developed head control. His eyes will follow his nanny or objects moved in front of him.

According to his condition, we developed a suitable rehabilitation plan to help him develop language, large and fine motor skills, hoping to further develop his potential.



Born in March 2014, with congenital heart disease and brain dysplasia.

Esther is a little girl who loves to laugh. She has a lively and cheerful personality, and she will politely say hello to everyone she meets. She usually plays and gets along well with the other children, and quickly adapted to her new environment.

Esther will take the initiative to help her nanny and the other children according to her ability. After eating, she will help tidy up the tables and chairs. She will also help her nanny fold and stack the washed clothes neatly.

When the nannies get off work, she will stand at the door and watch them leave with a smile. If anyone forgets to pick up something or clock out, Esther will remind them.

At present, her pronunciation is a bit unclear, so we need to listen to her carefully. We hope that Esther will develop better in all aspects of language and body in the future.



Born in January 2019 with developmental delay.

Enoch is gentle, he likes to play with his younger siblings, and will protect them. Enoch is introverted and shy. Being in an unfamiliar environment can be a little stressful, it takes time for him to adjust. It helps if he is told in advance what is going to happen next.

Enoch has a strong attachment to his nanny. He will lose his temper when he is not understood. At this time, his nanny needs to communicate and explain patiently, and he will understand.

We will work with Enoch to develop self-care ability, appropriate social emotions, language and so on.



Born in November 2016, suffering from hypospadia

Jacob is a young boy who is full of energy. He is especially good at running and jumping, has his own ideas, likes to be tidy, and is generous and gentle, getting along with others. He likes to act as a leader among the other children, leading the other children to learn and play games together.

Jacob has a strong learning ability and a good memory and can quickly complete various small tasks assigned by adults. He occasionally gets angry because he is not understood, but through his foster mother's patient guidance, he recovers quickly.

He will soon be entering elementary school. In the foster family program, we believe that we can better prepare and help him.



Born in October 2008, congenitally blind.

Affected by blindness since childhood, Gabriel was introverted, timid, and reserved. As a child he would often be found curled up in a corner of the crib, afraid to try new things, even food.

For blind children, every time they come to an unfamiliar environment, they will experience a difficult adaptation.

In July 2014, Gabriel joined the "like family" project in the orphanage, which helped him feel the warmth of home and the love of his mother and father.

In July 2022, his foster family could not continue so Gabriel returned to the general population at the orphanage to be raised. Due to the difficulty of adapting to the environment, the orphanage staff applied to NDFH to accept him.

Gabriel’s hearing ability has been outstanding since he was a child, so that he can accurately hear whoever walks by him. In 2014, due to his outstanding rhythm, hearing, and vocal ability, he began to learn vocal music and English. 

Music journey.

Because he couldn't see the music score or the teacher's movements, Gabriel's journey to music learning was extremely difficult. In 2019, he participated in the "Little Good Voice" program. Through this program he met his saxophone teacher and began to learn to play the saxophone. It was undoubtedly a huge challenge for him. Gabriel couldn’t see the music score, had uneven finger strength, couldn’t read, and analyze the materials, and couldn’t understand how the saxophone works. 

After two years of study, Gabriel has made a qualitative leap in both music theory and professional knowledge. Gabriel’s love for music has turned into a persistent pursuit, and he is moving towards his music dream step by step. He has learned to play over 100 songs from memory.


The song played by Gabriel in the video is called "You Are My Eye". It was composed, written, and sung by Xiao Huangqi. Xiao Huangqi was blind from birth due to congenital cataracts. Eye surgery at age 4 enabled him some vision. Naturally optimistic, he learned judo and began to play music. At the age of 15, Xiao Huangqi went blind again after many years of seeing the light again, but he has always maintained an optimistic attitude and loves music. Xiao Huangqi said that the role played by others in his life helped him to see the most beautiful world, and because of everyone's encouragement and warmth, he created the song “You Are My Eye.”

"You are my eyes, showing me the changing seasons.

 You are my eyes, take me through the crowd.

 You are my eyes, take me to read the vast sea of books.

 Because you are my eyes, let me see the world in front of my eyes. "

As we write this, we invite you to be a sponsor of the children in NDFH and walk into their lives with us. For these orphaned and disadvantaged children, what you can do is to let them see the world right in front of them, right under their feet. What you do may show them that their dreams are not out of reach. What you do may make them feel that love is so close to them, so close that they can touch it with their fingertips.

In fact, this is a process in which two groups influence each other. We help children "see" the road under their feet, and “see” that dreams are not far away, and the children also let us understand the power of persistence on the road of life and let us know how to cherish and be grateful for what we have. As Emerson said: "One of the most beautiful compensations in life is that when people sincerely help others, they also help themselves."

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