We have been involved with the Gummin’s and this project since we came to China in 2006. This wonderful work exists to help Chinese couples who have a desire to foster children from disadvantaged circumstances give the best possible help they can. Project Eden is one of those small but really significant projects that helps anyone who visits refocus their priorities. It is testament to the fact that the one true success ingredient in this work is LOVE. Not just a bit. But heaps of it. In case you’re wondering, bringing kids together from totally different backgrounds and making a family unit work is not easy. Every day brings a new challenge and just like every family its takes hard work and commitment, but it is inspiring to visit and see the children who were once shy and reserved now smiling and wanting a hug. LOVE glues it all together.
Eden is situated in a beautiful old village setting surrounded by Lychee trees (which will help to raise funds for the families) and a ‘Narnia’ type environment. Recently it has expanded to become a place where some of the girls from the Qinghai SGVTS can live – a homogenous setting to prepare them for mainstream life. Eden aims to fast-track their studies with a specific emphasis on helping them learn intensive Chinese by living in this environment and attending a local Chinese school. We hope this part of Eden’s program will expand even further.
Thank-you to all who have faithfully supported this project.
(Pictured:; Cleaning out the fish pond. It started out well..but then Dale arrived; Lychee trees; Dale welcoming five new Qinghai girls to Eden)
My world is not limited to a small mountain village. I want to reach a distance I have never reached. I want to go to the top of the mountain to overlook the world and blow the night wind on the top of the mountain.
The Husky Energy Tailoring Skills Program for Women started in August this year, with 51 students attending. This program is running in Western China and we have seen great potential in the students in improving their way of life.
One of our projects for the My First Job program in China is the Embroidery Skills Training. Behind the faces of each of the students is an encouraging story of hope and perseverance. One of them is Daretao and this is her story: