After our work in Taiwan, our group said goodbye to our friends from Cardinal Tien Nursing College and Fu Jen University, and flew to China. After a free day filled with visiting the Forbidden City, climbing the Great Wall, and watching a Chinese acrobat show, we spent our days volunteering at the China Little Flower orphanage. This orphanage specializes in caring for handicapped children. Unfortunately, for privacy reasons, we were unable to take any pictures at the orphanage, but Kate Blakely shared her thoughts on our experience there:
"As an early childhood education major, the part of the mission trip that I was most looking forward to was working at China Little Flower orphanage, but I was also dreading it. The thought of working with disabled, sick, and dying babies and toddlers was terrifying. But I was surprised - the children and caregivers were wonderful. China Little Flower takes the children that other facilities do not want or cannot take care of. Our group spent three afternoons feeding, snuggling, and playing with the children there. I really enjoyed the time spent there and was very sad to leave. The children were so full of happiness and life, despite the adversities. I pray that I will have other opportunities to work for China Little Flower orphanage in the future."
You can visit China Little Flower's website here: http://www.chinalittleflower.org/