The First Lily Orphan Care Center Revisited

CCAI Co-founders Josh and Lily paid a special visit on November 25th to CCAI’s first Lily Orphan Care Center (LOCC) in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province.

To save lives, to build love and promote training, Josh and Lily decided in 2000 to collaborate with Hangzhou Orphanage to open an orphan care center that revolutionized the traditional orphan care philosophy and practices in China. At this LOCC, each child received one-on-one care by well-trained nannies 24/7. For the first time in their lives, they had their own bottles and individualized feeding plans, their own clothes and toys, were held while feeding, received warm baths daily, enjoyed children music, were able to leave their cribs and crawl and play with others on a padded floor, and were supported by an experienced pediatrician 24/7!

LOCC, under the incredible leadership of Xia Zhong, quickly became a national model and training center for orphan care. Hundreds of nannies from across the country traveled to Hangzhou to receive week-long training and brought their new knowledge back to their own orphanages. As a result, a nationwide orphan care transformation was initiated and thousands of orphans’ lives were and continue to be impacted!

Today, Hangzhou Orphanage has relocated but, as the new director Li told Josh and Lily, “We are still following what LOCC has taught us – to run this orphanage like a home and to love our children as our own.”

Zhejiang Provincial leaders warmly welcomed Josh and Lily and highly praised the solid foundation CCAI has laid for Zhejiang’s orphan care and services.