“I went to the XinXiang Orphanage with eight other Bring Me Hope Club Members. We decided to help the orphans with their lives and their studies. This orphanage is a special one because the children’s parents are in prison as a result of family violence. We stayed with the children for only one week, and we all became best friends. There are about twenty five children in this orphanage, and six of them are girls. The average age of these children is twelve. They are very polite and adorable, living together like a big family.
During that week, we shared every meal together with the children. However, I found a problem: there were no fresh vegetables for the children to eat during breakfast or supper. The children eat the same food every day. For breakfast, there is only porridge and mantou (Chinese rolls). For lunch there are some noodles with only a little bit of cabbage. For dinner they have porridge and mantou again. Every day the meals are the same.
When I had dinner with them, I often felt sorry for them. Their bodies are in an important stage of growing up, and they need to get enough nutrition to strengthen their body every day.
After I left the orphanage, an idea occurred to me: We should do something to change the situation. I estimated that it would take about 2,000 RMB every month to provide them with vegetables (or sometimes milk) at every meal. It is really on my heart to help these children to grow up healthy. Personally, I will donate 300 RMB every month, but that was not enough. So I sent out an email to all of my foreign teachers asking for their help.
Many of the teachers replied and donated money for the children to have vegetables at every meal! I just did a little, all work was done by our Father.”
Below are some pictures of the children at the XinXiang Orphanage eating vegetables, thanks to a Chinese University student wanting to make a difference!