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Tuesday
Oct202009

Hong Kong's Refugees

A survivor of the brutal Sri Lankan conflict holds an atlas showing her former island home. She is now in Hong Kong, being helped by Christian Action.Having successfully fled the brutalities of wars in African and South Asian countries, refugees who make it to Hong Kong find themselves stranded, often for years,  while they await refugee status from the United Nations High Commissioner For Refugees.  They  are men, women and unaccompanied minors -  but seldom do they arrive with their family intact.   The conflict and chaos they have escaped often leave them traumatized, and because Hong Kong’s immigration laws prevent them from seeking employment here, they also suffer from economic hardships and consequently depression.  Christian Action is the only non profit organization providing Hong Kong’s refugees with a holistic range of services. We are helped by a committed group of volunteers.

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Tuesday
Oct132009

Preventing Child Abandonment

You may recall that the week before last I wrote that “Saving abandoned children and seeing them start living life to the fullest is one of the greatest thrills in my life”. There is another thing that excites me no end however, and that is seeing child abandonment being prevented in the first place. Our China staff have been doing a fantastic job at changing a longtime practice of abandoning disabled children - as the following story of Jun Jun and the sacrifices her mother made bear out.

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Tuesday
Oct062009

An Anniversary To Remember

Last week was the 60th Anniversary of the Chinese National Day.  It was such a big deal for every citizen in China and Hong Kong to watch the flag raising ceremony at Tiananmen Square featuring our present and past leaders who made China into the “Nation of the Millennium”.  There were spectacular parades and superb entertainment throughout the day.  Every patriotic Chinese was glued to a TV set. 

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Tuesday
Sep292009

Living Life To The Fullest

Saving abandoned children and seeing them start living life to the fullest is one of the greatest thrills in my life. The joy comes not only in seeing our children flourish in their new lives with their forever family, but in seeing the huge magic of transformation in the lives of the forever parents, grandparents and so many others. This is certainly the case for Mike and Donna Arnold who only last month got to take their forever child, two year old Ming Yue (now Carly), home with them. Donna recently wrote:

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Tuesday
Sep222009

Beibei's Wish!


You can't help but love Mia France. Mia is one of those children who has such a beautiful combination of light-up-the-room charisma, sharp intellect and quiet poise that she casts a spell on you. It was hardly surprising therefore that the Xining Children's Home staff were practically falling over one another to talk to Mia, who was originally known as BeiBei , when she returned to the Center for the first time since being adopted five years ago.

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