Nana's Story

Nana's Story

Nana has cerebral palsy and has been in Christian Action’s care ever since our ministry to children began in Qinghai. Nana is now part of the Bridge Program, our preparatory program helping teens and young adults to transition into adulthood at the Xining Social Welfare Institute. Typically, her day is filled with activities that address her condition.
To everyone at the Bridge Program, Nana is their "big sister" with a caring eye. She makes sure your bed is made and that you do your daily therapy exercise. While Nana threads shiny red beads into a basket shape, which is a part of her daily workshop program, she speaks to our social workers about each of her "siblings" and their situation, showing that she deeply cares about their well being.
Nana has a particularly close relationship with Yulong, who also has cerebral palsy. More often than not, Yulong's speech is hard to understand because of his slurred words. Nana is one of the few able to fully understand Yulong because they grew up together. Every workshop session, Yulong sits next to her as he works on the wooden blocks and stacks them up, one at a time. At the end of every workshop day, Nana finds it difficult to move around as her walker cannot fit between the table and the shelf, so Yulong happily helps her punch her time-card and clean up.
Recently, Yulong has taken more responsibilities, some of which were once part of Nana's responsibilities. Nana never fails to help Yulong with his new tasks. They form a great team and it ensures the smoothness of their workshop.
Aside from attending to their physical needs, we are overjoyed that the relationship between these two clearly shows that our ministry in China fosters a sense of family love. We pray for more blessings upon Nana, Yulong and all the children we serve. May they continue to enjoy love and peace as we serve them.
As the saying goes, a true friend is one who treats you like family. We are happy to see the children treating each other as brothers and sisters. It is evident that the children love each other. It sometimes gives the extra bit of help needed on the journey through their difficulties.
Thank you for your support and prayers for all of the children and youth living on the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai, China. The blessings are overwhelming and continue to give hope for a fulfilled and productive life to each and everyone.

Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Christian Action Executive Director, visiting Nana

Siew Mei Cheung-Ang, Christian Action Executive Director, visiting Nana

Nana, Yulong, and other youth from the Bridging Program

Nana, Yulong, and other youth from the Bridging Program

Beautiful Meili

Beautiful Meili

Siew Mei writes: I was moved beyond words when I met Meili and her family. It was a delight to see how beautiful and full-of-life she is today. I now want to share with you the letter Cathy, Meili's mother, wrote to me:

My husband and I had decided to have two Chinese children. In January 2013, we made our first trip to China to meet our daughter. She had been living in foster care after the surgery that Christian Action had done for her where she was very loved.

Meili was born with a cleft lip and palate. Five days after she was born she was left in a field outside the children's home in Xining.

We changed her name from Yanan to Meili, which means beautiful. Although scared at first, she adapted very quickly. Upon coming to Seattle, Meili was enrolled in a specialized preschool where she received speech therapy twice weekly.

Meili had surgery on her nose before starting kindergarten. That helped fix what the first surgeries did not do, so that she would feel confident when she went to school. When Meili started Kindergarten, she struggled a bit but fought through and continues to work hard in school. Now, she has many friends at school and is liked by all of them.

We have a tradition in our family where the girls grow their hair until they are 8 years old and at that time, she is able to decide how she wants it. On her birthday, Meili decided to cut it from below her bottom to waist length. She is absolutely excited to show off her new cut!

She knows about her beginnings but does not question who her family is. She wants to return to China to see what she does not remember. We will help her do this, along with her siblings, when we feel they are old enough to understand.

We are forever grateful to Christian Action for stepping in and helping Meili in those early days. Things might have been very different for her if CA had not been there. We hope that Meili will be able to return and give back in Siew Mei's program.

My brief yet intimate reunion with Meili and the Goodman family is a wonderful reminder of the power of adoption. Seeing her brimming with such positivity is a testament to the love her family has for her. I pray for more blessings upon Meili and her family. May she grow and continue sharing goodness and joy with everyone around her.

I will always treasure my memories of children who were once in our care, now grown up and happily living with their loving families. We are truly blessed to be a help to all the children in need and are so happy when they find their forever family.

Thank you for your prayers and support in helping Christian Action care and serve the children and youth living in the Tibetan Plateau in Qinghai, China.

A Joyful time with the Goodman Family

A Joyful time with the Goodman Family

Transformation of Xiaolong

Transformation of Xiaolong

The name “Xiaolong” usually pertains to a person with high agility. Unfortunately, this is not the case for our Xiaolong who has been living at the Xining Children’s Home for 13 years where he is anything but agile. Xiaolong has cerebral palsy. His condition induces a contracture in the lower limb muscles and joints causing both legs to bend inwards. Thus making standing up and walking difficult. This may be one of the reasons why he was abandoned by his parents when he was 4 years old, which led to his admittance to the Xining Children’s Home.

Over the years, Xiaolong has become strong and independent. Despite the inability to move around normally, we were able to figure out with him a way to independently do his daily routine which includes dressing up, taking a shower and eating. This has greatly boosted his self-esteem making him even more confident. However, there are times that his insecurity resurfaces whenever he sees kids running around and play freely in front of him. These are the very moments that he is reminded of the limitations of his condition.

In his second year at the children’s home, he went through a tendolysis surgical procedure to improve his level of mobility with a subsequent extensive rehabilitation and training. The efforts paid off as he is now able to walk with the aid of a walker and can even move around in the children’s home by holding the rails. According to him, “Perhaps my parents didn’t have the means to take care of me, which is why they had to let me go. But I am thankful for all the things the kind-hearted people and staff at the children’s home have done for me.

Xiaolong has kept a keen interest in literature and arts and dreams to be an orator someday. He hopes that through his story, other people with a similar experience would take on life challenges positively. He also hopes to raise awareness among the general public about people with disabilities, seniors and other people in need.

Xiaolong did not let his physical limitations stop him from reaching his full potential and like the care that has been given to him we are fully committed to providing the best care and services to orphaned and kids with disabilities to help them realize their talent and become happier and stronger individuals.

Your help in partnering with Christian Action has given this young man a better life and your continued support will enable us to serve others like Xiaolong now and in the future.

Thank You.