Cerebral palsy is a complex illness: Uncontrollable limbs, limited cognitive function and the inability to sit up without pain, all contribute to the challenges caregiver’s face while trying to help children who were born with these excruciating disabilities. The temptation is to provide simple maintenance care, but our team is adamant about tenaciously nurturing each person we serve. Because of this, the breakthrough results are enormously satisfying.
Gui left Xining Children’s Home when he turned 18, just like every other child who, by law, must move into an adult care facility. Unlike most other young adults, Gui was carried out on a stretcher as he was born with severe cerebral palsy. As a young child living at the Xining Children’s Home he was strapped into a special chair so he could look around and draw stimulation from the activities of other children and his caretakers. But when sitting became too painful, people had to place themselves within his line of vision. Many people who loved Gui in the children’s home regularly stopped to gently caress him or speak some kind words.
But there was no time for workers in the adult welfare facility to do any more than feed, bathe and dress Gui. He lacked company and stimulation. However, thanks to Christian Action’s Bridging Program, Gui’s visitors are now welcomed with open arms at the Welfare Center. Volunteers visit Gui weekly, read to him from children’s books, use finger puppets and carefully describe things in the books which he has never seen. For example, Gui has never seen a river. Surprisingly, he has clearly shown that he remembers stories read to him months earlier. So a volunteer made some large posters and placed them near Gui’s bed so that after she leaves, his imagination can continue to take him on a journey…perhaps down a river.
After all the many years caring for Gui, we are grateful to be able to continue providing to his special life the care he was so used to receiving. Faces that he recognizes as family are still a part of his life. With your financial and prayer support, CA’s Bridging Program will grow in scope and service, revealing a wider world for children and youth like Gui.