"When I think about Hope Station, the first feeling I feel is gratefulness! I'm grateful I get a chance to make someone's life a little better or at least more joyful. And I am grateful to the kids at the orphanages for teaching me what really is important in life -- relationships, love, having someone who hugs us when we need it...
One story I want to share is about a little girl in DY orphanage. When I started volunteering in fall of 2018, she was just a little baby who never smiled, never played, was kinda grumpy and left behind a lot of times, because there were other cuter or more cuddly babies. Step by step, I carried her, talked to her, played silly games to make her laugh, and cuddled her a lot! This summer, I see this girl engaging in all different activities, she smiles and laughs and enjoys being taken for a walk as she learns to walk now
The biggest changed happened in her facial expression and body language though. She is not this grumpy, closed off baby anymore, that baby that almost always had silent tears in her eyes. She is a joyful, smiley, curious and determined little girl and I love that I got to see and be part of that change. Her name is Norah and she is about to get adopted by a local family."
Written by Anezka, a Hope Station Volunteer. Anezka visits both of our partnering orphanages every week and has developed strong bonds with the children there. She and her husband are from the Czech Republic, and currently live in China for business. Thank you for your generous heart for Norah and the other children--we love you, Anezka!
A note from Rebekah...
If you've ever wondered what it would be like to start a nonprofit from the ground up, to open a home for ORPHANS with special needs in Asia, you've come to the right place.