• Babies in Sanmenxia

    by  • December 13, 2011 • China • 1 Comment

    We’ll be sure to get a proper update for our highly enjoyable and fascinating time in Xi’an but right now we’re in Sanmenxia, a small city east of Xi’an which, surprisingly, reminds me of a mid-size city in North America. We’re here to visit International China Concern’s project, a joint project with the provincial government (and, according to Bruce, ICC’s director, highly unique in this regard as far as foreign/locally run welfare centers go).

    On this short two-day visit, we’re spending most of our time in the Pearl Room, which is where all the 0-2 year old babies are housed and cared for. Today we have a full day of hugging and playing with them. Joel is really great at entertaining them and yesterday had a mound of 5 little ones climbing all over him.

    Most (if not all) of the 20+ babies have some sort of special need – from down’s syndrome to internal organ malfunctions, and while we were there yesterday the police and a hospital worker came in with yet another baby. We have huge respect for the people who work here and care for these human beings – who range from newborns to adults. It’s both heart-wrenching and uplifting to see love so tangibly applied to those in dire circumstances.



    Sarah grew up in Colorado but considers herself a Chinese-Malaysian-English-American. Her favorite thing to do is read in bed, or some sunny spot on a couch.

    One Response to Babies in Sanmenxia

    1. April 6, 2013 at 10:38 pm

      Hello – Our family has been blessed with the addition of a little girl who was in the Pearl Room @ Sanmenxia. She was nicknamed “Gerber Baby” because of her chubby cheeks! We will always be thankful for the work that ICC does there with all the children and we’re looking forward to returning one day.

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