Emma likes to dance!

January 1, 2008

I got another report on Emma’s progress. Here are some cute pictures of her dancing! This was the photo caption from the man who checks in on the foster children, “I can rock my buns, left, left, right, right, go, turn around. Go! Go! Go!” Click to see them larger.

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Here are some of Emma’s updates:

“Little Emma is active, smart and beautiful. She likes playing outside with other buddies. She couldn’t walk steadily when entering the family. But now she can run fast.”

“Little Emma has almost full teeth and can speak and run. She can eat by herself. This time she has learned something. She can follow some simple instructions, such as squat yourself down, clean your mouth, stand up. The moment I left her home, she even waved goodbye to me. She is great, isn’t she?”

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Gracie got a new coat

December 13, 2007

Copy & Pasted from the LWB Blog, “As it has gotten colder here in the US, it has also gotten colder in Anhui, China. Just in time for the changing weather, every child participating in BIM III are sporting brand new coats to keep them warm. As you can see from the smiles, I think they like them! Thank you education sponsors for keeping these children comfortable so they can experience the gift of learning. You make it possible!” Below is Gracie in her new blue coat!

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I am still accepting donations for her preschool. Please read the previous post for details.

Gifts for BIM3

December 7, 2007

Believe In Me Three is the preschool our Gracie is in. I have asked Love Without Boundaries if we could send a package of goodies to the students. She said yes! Here is a list of items that would be good for the children:

  • early childhood books. They recommend ‘Wild Animal Baby’, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear…”, “Fish Eyes”, “I Like Me”, “Rosie’s Walk,” “The Foot Book,” “Green Eggs and Ham”, and counting books. The books can not have religious, political, family or wealth mentioned in them. Lightweight paperbacks are best. Choose books that are age appropriate for preschoolers. Also pick books that aren’t very wordy because the books get translated.
  • puzzles
  • lacing toys
  • a Judy clock (certain type of teaching clock)
  • shapes for sorting
  • graphing tools
  • fine motor manipulation
  • pretend items (food, dress-up, anything)
  • play dough
  • cutting tools

Places like the dollar store, discount stores, and Target’s dollar section are great places to find school supplies and small toys. Consignment/Thrift stores are great places to find inexpensive books, just make sure they are in good condition. eBay and Amazon also have books for great prices and you could get the item shipped directly to me.

If you would rather donate money and have me do the shopping & shipping that would also be great. You can click here to donate via PayPal.

If you want to include items in the package you can email me at craftforchina@gmail.com. I will give an address to ship your things to. Then I’ll combine everything and ship it to China! When buying items try to find things that are on the smaller size and are lightweight. I don’t know how expensive it is to ship to China so lets make it as light as possible.

Emma!!

November 30, 2007

Today I have received a very sweet update on Emma. She is doing so well in her new foster home.

This is the email I received today:

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I am attaching your first report on your sponsored child, Emma. Our monitor did a very good job getting developmental information on the children as well as a cute story and picture. The children are adjusting well to being in their families and it sounds like they are benefiting from the more individualized care they are receiving. Some comments that appeared frequently in the reports were “likes to embrace” and “not choosy in food”. That just warms my heart, to know they are being well-fed and shown affection! Some one has asked about the building they are in, so I asked the Foster Care Director who visited the orphanage in October what it was like. Apparently the apartments are set up like duplexes, with one family living on the bottom floor and one on top. The duplexes are built around a concrete courtyard. There are small plots outside the duplexes where the families have small vegetable gardens, and a few flowers. Their apartments are roomy and spacious. I was also happy to see some of the children in strollers and outside, completely bundled up. Temperatures are already quite cold in China!
Please feel free to contact me if you should have any questions about your sponsorship. May you be blessed during the holiday season, knowing you are making a wonderful difference in the life of your sponsored child!

For her privacy, I will not post the report I was given on her. But here are a few little facts that were included:

“She eats almost very food offered and has never been choosy in food”
“She couldn’t walk steadily when entering the family, but now she can run fast.”
“Emma has almost full teeth and can speak and run.”

click the photo of her to see the larger size. She is beautiful!

Updates from LWB

November 21, 2007

I have received two emails from LWB with updates on both programs our sponsored children are in. Read the rest of this entry »

Baby News!

October 27, 2007

I got an email last night from Love Without Boundaries. Here is some of the email regarding Kyle that was sponsored for a foster family:
“The child you had chosen to sponsor has already had his paperwork
filed for International Adoption. The team made the decision while
they were there to not put him through two moves in such a short
period of time – from the orphanage, to a foster family, and then back
to the orphanage prior to his adoption (most provinces require this
last move before the child is adopted).
They felt it was really in the best interest of the child to leave him
in one place since his adoption is upcoming.”

“They were able to select another child for placement in foster care,
and they chose the cute little girl whose picture I am attaching. She is 20 months old, and the team said she is very responsive and cute.”

I decided to go ahead and sponsor the little girl they have chosen. I picked Emma has her western/program name. Here she is!

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New Photo Of Gracie

October 27, 2007

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LWB received this new photo of Gracie this morning and emailed it to me. Isn’t Gracie sweet. I love her little smile.

Gracie & Kyle

October 9, 2007

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These are the two children we have sponsored. Kyle is now able to have a foster family and Gracie will be able to attend preschool. Both children are two years old. I was able to choose a name for Gracie and I choose her name because it means blessed. I feel that it is a blessing we were able to raise so much money for her and Kyle. This is the info that was on LWB’s website when I sponsored Kyle, “Kyle is a sweet little boy who needs to have the chance to grow and thrive in a family. Kyle has had his cleft lip repaired, but he needs to concentrate on gaining some weight.”
This is Gracie’s info, “This lovable two-and-a-half year old girl from Anhui is ready to start attending the new Believe in Me III Preschool. She is so ready to learn a lot!”
Today I was given the first report on Gracie. In this report it says she is 3, she must of had a birthday.
There are rules on what can be posted about the children, to protect their privacy. I will not be posting the full reports on the children. It does say she walks in line to the beat of music and she likes collecting toys dropped by other children. How cute! It will be interesting to see how much she improves when I get the next report.

Love Without Boundaries had this to say, “Along with LWB’s Assistant Education Director, I will be traveling to Believe in Me III in early November and hope to get lots of pictures to share when I return! Your sponsorship has allowed a wonderful child this opportunity at education. Thank you so much!”

I will be posting again when I get updates on the children.

End of Auction #1

October 2, 2007

The first fundraiser auction started on September 22  and ended September 29th. It was a very good first fundraiser! We raised well over $600!  Right now I am waiting on payments to clear so I can ship everything and select the children to sponsor. I will be making updates on the blog so keep checking back (or add to bloglines) for updates on the children!

Waiting

September 13, 2007

Hello everyone! I wanted to give everyone an update. I have received many of the donated items but I am still waiting on more to come. I really wanted to get the auction online this weekend but with out a lot of the donations I’ll probably have to wait. If I don’t put everything up this weekend it will definitely be done before the 21st of September.
I am hoping to get a table at a local craft show/fair during the holiday season to have the next fundraiser. For that fundraiser any item can be submitted, it doesn’t have to be a one of a kind. If you want to donate items for that then fill out the donation form.
I’ll post again when I know when the auction will be!