An Update from Our CCAI Charity Team in China!

Our CCAI Charity team is off to a great start in 2017 – here’s an update on just a few of the projects we’re completing to kick the year off in China!

YiBin Diapers

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In YiBin, our adorable kiddos are celebrating their annual massive delivery of diapers! This delivery is funded by a wonderful donor that has given to our Charity Fund since 2006!  Amazing!

Christy’s Legacy of Hope

Every year, Karen DePriest and Christy’s Legacy of Hope donates to CCAI’s Charity Fund to purchase clothes, blankets, educational toys and more for orphanages in need in the Henan province. So far this year, the kids in 4 Henan orphanages are ecstatic to receive puzzles, blocks, and shirts courtesy of Christy’s Legacy of Hope!  We are so proud to partner with Karen and her amazing organization.

Christy’s Legacy of Hope was founded in memory of the late Christy DePriest Wright. You can read more about Christy’s Legacy of Hope and their inspirational story at www.christyslegacyofhope.com.

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Anonymous Donor in YeXian

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In YeXian province, a donor that wishes to remain anonymous made a very generous gift that allowed the orphanage there to purchase an incubator. This gift was made in honor of a loved one that passed away, and all that she asked was that it goes where there is the greatest need.  YeXian sees many premature babies that are very difficult to care for, and an incubator can be life-saving in many instances.  This was truly a blessing!

Kickee Pants

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Through happy and very fortuitous circumstance, CCAI was connected to Kickee Pants, an organization that specializes in clothes for infants and toddlers. This organization made an incredibly generous donation to our program in the form of 4,300 items of clothing spread out to 24 different orphanages in China!  Wow!  On top of donating this clothing, they even provided the shipping from the U.S. to China!  We were blown away by the kindness of this organization, and look forward to working with them again in the future.

Very special mention must be made to our amazing orphanage and Charity staff in China, who took the time once these packages arrived to individually inspect each piece of clothing and distribute them accordingly. We are forever grateful to have an amazing staff to partner with in our mission to serve the orphans of China.

 

Birthdays!

Did you know that our Charity team can plan special birthday celebrations for the children in China? If you have a child waiting to be adopted, or are sponsoring a child, check with our Charity staff to see if we can plan a special event for your little one.  It is easiest for us to do a celebration for any child that is currently in a Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC), but we can always check with other orphanages, as well.

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Our Charity team continues their diligent work every day in pursuit of serving the beautiful children of China. Annually, the CCAI Children’s Charity Fund spends over half a million dollars in service to this mission, funded by all of the amazing individuals and families that hold China’s orphans in their hearts.

If you are interested in making a difference in a child’s life today, give our Charity team a call at (303) 850-9998 x. 17 or email charity@ccaifamily.org to discuss helping a project in need or creating a new project dear to your heart.

CCAI 2016 Year In Review

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With your support, 2016 proved to be a fantastic year for CCAI! Here are some of the most exciting highlights as we usher in the New Year:

• 467 orphans from five countries found their forever families!!!
• CCAI’s orphanage partnerships increased to 40 orphanages from four Chinese provinces
• CCAI’s charity arm, with the help of our trusting and generous donors, launched 60 projects and invested $903,000, touching the lives of 5,085 orphans
• CCAI’s Charity Team undertook 60 trips to 40 orphanages to provide child care training
• CCAI currently operates seven Lily Orphan Care Centers in China (visit www.ccaifamily.org/OrphanCare/Lily-OrphanCare to learn more about CCAI’s charity efforts)
• 47 older children from 9 orphanages participated in summer and winter hosting programs and had a wonderful time experiencing the love of a family
• CCAI was selected as one of four US adoption agencies to assist CCCWA in finding homes for nearly 2,000 extremely hard-to-place orphans. CCAI sent a team of ten professional photographers to China to photograph and film some of these hard-to-place orphans to help raise awareness
• 112 families (389 individuals, including 158 adoptees) participated in four China Heritage tours, including an invitation by the Chinese government to visit the Great Hall for a grand welcome ceremony
• 306 adoptees from 32 states participated in Adopteen‘s many events (Adopteen Camp-Conference and Retreats, Adoptstronauts Retreat, Adopteen and Adoptween Hangouts, and Adoptees Giving Back Orphanage Service Trip – 2017 trip applications open now atwww.adopteen.org)
• Our Joyous Chinese Cultural Center (JCCC) had a strong year with 210 students and welcomed over 2,000 K-12 students from 30 local schools to participate in 28 China Field Trips
• JCCC’s 2016 Chinese New Year Celebration had an attendance of 900+ (Tickets for 2017 CNY Celebration available now at www.joyouscenter.org)
• CCAI added a new Taiwan adoption program!

Season’s Greetings and Thank You from Our LOCC’s

As the year draws to a close with the warmth of the holiday season, our amazing Lily Orphan Care Center children and nannies would like to wish our incredible families and donors a very happy holidays.  They sure know how to get into the holiday spirit!

Thank you for your dedicated support of our LOCC’s and CCAI’s orphan care mission this year and every year!  We are endlessly grateful.  This year, CCAI supported 60 orphan care projects at a cost of $903,000!  If you would like to donate to our Children Charity Fund to help support our continuing orphan care efforts, please visit https://www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.

 

 

Send a Christmas gift to a child at Luohe LOCC!

img_0909Today is the first day to send gifts to the children in Luohe Lily Orphan Care Center! Please consider brightening the holidays of a child without a family through this simple way to contribute to children in need.

Please be advised that at checkout, you may receive a message stating that “your package will not clear customs without the recipients citizen ID number.” You may also receive a follow up email of the same nature from Amazon. Don’t worry! We have input this number and these messages are simply reminders for anyone sending items to China. 🙂

To send a gift to Luohe LOCC, please visit our Wishlist through Amazon Smile: https://smile.amazon.com/…/wishlist/3OPT…/ref=cm_wl_list_o_1?.

#CharityWeek: On the job with our charity director

xia-athenan-orphangae-2016_croppedFour time a year, CCAI’s Charity Director Xia Zhong makes her way to China to check in on our Lily Orphan Care Centers (LOCCs), meet new orphanage directors, build relationships with partner orphanage staff, train CCAI’s LOCC managers and our China charity team, coordinate hosting logistics and… whatever else needs her attention.

These visits may feel very busy, but with each orphanage visit, Xia’s heart swells.

“I feel so privileged that I get to meet so many of the children that CCAI eventually goes on to adopt before they meet their families,” Zhong shared. “I get to see how wonderful they are and my heart aches, wishing I could make their adoptions immediate.”

Aside from working with orphanage staff and encouraging directors to report, create/update children’s files with haste to quicken their adoption, Xia also helps train the children participating in our hosting program, who might have a harder time finding a family through their adoption file on paper alone. Hosting greatly increases a child’s chances of being adopted by making them tangible and helping families understand their personalities. The majority of children hosted through CCAI’s China Host Program have gone on to be adopted by their host families or another family that learned about them through their host family’s advocacy.

“Hosting changes these kids’ lives,” Xia said. “One of the boys I met who was hosted last summer was very disruptive before he went to the US. I met him again on my most recent trip and he was so well behaved! The orphanage director told me he comes to her office three times a day, asking when he will be adopted. Now that he has had a taste of what it is like to be a part of a family, he behaves in hopes that someone will hear that he is a good boy and want him as their son.”

This experience wasn’t the only heart-tugging one Xia experienced on her last trip to China in September.

“Three years ago I met a baby with clubbed hands and feet and a mouth so small that his nannies had to feed him milk with an eye dropper,” Xia explained. “The nannies named him what translates to English as “swimmer” because it was likely he would never walk, so they hoped he would one day swim. There was a low chance he would survive infancy. Even with the best-tending nannies, it was difficult to give him enough food. He was very skinny. It broke my heart.

I had not heard about him in the time that followed that trip, so I assumed the worst. It was to my great surprise when I returned to his orphanage this September that he ran to me on his ankles! He gave me a hug and clung to me as if to say ‘Help me find a family.’ I held him and bawled. He is so special to me. His file is being prepared by his orphanage currently and I hope he will find a family.”

Xia’s next trip is scheduled for January 2017.

If you would like to support CCAI’s charity efforts, you may make a tax-deductible donation at http://ccaifamily.org/Charity/Donation.

Charity coordinator extraordinaire: Xia Zhong!

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Xia wears many hats at here at CCAI. Bilingual and possessing much knowledge of Chinese culture, Xia is vital to our staff. She leverages support to CCAI’s China charity offices and is an important resource for orphanages and officials across China. She is the liaison for CCAI’s charity work and oversees the entirety of the Lily Orphan Care Center operations! Here is an abbreviated summary of Xia’s many hats:

China charity staff supervisor

  • Director of charity offices in Beijing and Hangzhou
  • Direct supervisor of 92 staff members in China

Orphanage liaison

  • Builds and maintains relationships with orphanage staff and provincial officials
  • Encourages orphanages to report children’s files so they become eligible for adoption

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Hosting program (REGISTRATION NOW OPEN) China liaison

  • Directs orphanages in preparing paperwork for hosting (arranging for passports, etc.)
  • Coordinates training workshops for chaperones and children in preparation for their hosting trip

We are so grateful to Xia for all that she does here and abroad for CCAI and children in need!

10 days to raise $15K for “Sight for Shu”

Many of you may remember the fundraiser we took part in to help raise money for a cornea transplant surgery for a wonderful little boy named Shu Wei back in May. With many prayers and donations, Shu’s host family was able to secure a right cornea transplant for Shu and the surgery was successful. Shu couldn’t stop smiling when he awoke from the surgery and could see for the first time.

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Shu is now scheduled for his second surgery, Aug. 23, 2016, and needs your help again. His previous host mom Holly writes:

The hospital requires that funds for the surgery be PAID IN FULL by Aug. 16, 2016 and it is critical Shu has this surgery now because pathways from the retina to the brain are fully formed by age 8 (which he will be in November). In other words, without this surgery, Shu will never have sight in his left eye. During the procedure, surgeons also plan to continue construction on Shu’s right cornea, further enhancing his vision and making sure the retina isn’t starting to detach. Any and every donation is greatly appreciated. Shu is so special and such a wonderful child.

Please prayerfully consider how much you are able to give to help this precious child see out of both eyes!

To contribute by credit card, please fill out the donation form at www.ccaifamily.org/Charity/DonationForm.aspx, and type “Sight for Shu” in the ‘specific project’ area.

Checks can be sent directly to CCAI at 6920 S Holly Cir, Centennial, CO 80112 (please write “Sight for Shu” on the memo line).

 

Reaching out to Orphans Left Behind

Lianzhi & Yunzhan and CCAI CO Staff“Adoption service would be meaningless if we do not reach out to the children left behind.”  This has been the fundamental belief of CCAI co-founders Lily and Josh from day one when they launched CCAI in 1992.  From the first truck-load of milk formula twenty-two years ago, to today’s seven Lily Orphan Care Centers and half a million dollar contributions ever year towards child care training, leadership development, foster care expansion, and educational and medical support; Each year, over 1,500 orphans lives are impacted through our charity outreach.

Josh and Lily introducing Lianzhi and Yunzhan

Our successful charity efforts would not be possible without our China Charity Team. Today, our CCAI CO Staff had the joy of finally meeting two of our China Charity staff, Lianzhi Shi and Yunzhan Chen!  Both women joined CCAI in 2000 and have worked tirelessly ever since to bring healing and hope to orphans with special needs.  They are the true life-savers and guardian angels.  We were so honored that they were here to visit us for a short time.  Lianzhi and Yunzhan’s contributions to CCAI and our charity efforts cannot be overstated.  They are incredible!

 

Heart Connection Team in Zhengzhou

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What is better than spending a week serving and loving orphans in China?  That is exactly what is going on in Zhengzhou Orphanage this week, where a team of seven CCAI Heart Connection volunteers (adults and children) are spending their week with a group of orphans with special needs!

Heart Connection is a new ministry opportunity with the aim of connecting hard-to-place orphans with caring families to help advocate for their adoption.  We are thrilled for this first group of volunteers and cannot wait to witness the beautiful journeys that Heart Connection will surely bring to the children and volunteers alike!

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