Dr. Joyce Hill, a family medical practitioner and her husband, Robin, have a desire to help the local Chinese Children’s Welfare Institutes in the work that they do, caring for abandoned babies. The Hills do this by providing personal care and seeking medical treatment for sick children, those with surgically correctable needs, and those requiring palliative care.
The Hills are Christians and believe that these babies are very special to God. The Hills came to China with their two youngest (of seven) children in 1994. They also adopted a special-needs little girl, now called Kaitlyn Jayne, born in Tianjin in August 1999.
Robin, a British citizen, worked for a Swedish engineering company as one of their senior managers. Joyce, an Australian citizen, worked with the International SOS medical clinic as a family doctor. After being in China for four years, Robin resigned from his company after 20 years of service to help his wife set up the foster home.
With permission from the Beijing Children’s Welfare Institute, they began taking children into their home in February 2000 in a small village south-east of Beijing. In November 2002 the Hills started work on their new New Hope Foundation in Bei Wu, in the Shun Yi district of Beijing. This new home cared for 26 babies at that time. This was done under the New Hope Foundation Limited which is a registered charity in Hong Kong, which is wholly owned by Robin and Joyce Hill. In February 2003 the New Hope Foundation Limited began to support Sai Qi Foster Home run by Ms Xu, by raising funds and arranging for medical care for their children. This was handed over to Harvard China Care after approximately 18 months. In 2004 the Outreach Foster Program was started in conjunction with Love Without Boundaries, this program places babies in local Chinese family homes. Unfortunately, this program was closed in August 2012 due to lack of suitable families.
The Work Expands
In January 2005 New Hope Foundation Limited opened the Show Hope Special Care Center – Jiaozuo in Henan Province. This unit was set up to care for up to 12 babies that are severely disabled and were not expected to live. Our goal was to “To comfort always, to relieve often, and to save sometimes.” In September 2006 New Hope Foundation Limited opened their second Special Care Unit in Luoyang. This unit was setup to care for up to 45 babies that were severely disabled and in need of palliative care.
In October 2006, in conjunction with Love Without Boundaries a small 9-bed “step-up, step-down” unit was opened. This unit, called the “Heartbridge Unit”, was for medically vulnerable infants waiting for surgery or immediately after surgery. During 2007 this was increased to an 18 bed unit. The Xinyang Special Care Unit opened in October 2007. This unit cared for up to 18 babies that are severely disabled many of which are not expected to live. The babies that came into the unit were comforted and fed, and if they did not survive they passed away in a loving environment. The babies that survived were cared for in the chronic care areas and received the very best care and physical therapy we could give them.
With the help of Show Hope, a 6-story, 5,820-square meter facility opened in 2009 as part of the Chinese government’s Blue Sky Project to upgrade the Luoyang Children’s Welfare Institute’s facilities. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang cares for 140 babies that are in three groups: palliative care, long term chronic care and operable babies. In August 2010 we opened a new special care unit in the Zhengzhou Children’s Welfare Institute, this unit cares for up to 45 babies. A new floor will be added in 2014 to care for another 60 babies. The unit is staffed by New Hope Foundation employees. The babies that come into the unit are comforted and fed, and if they do not survive they pass away in a loving environment.
July 2011 saw the New Hope Foundation being allowed to register a representative office with China’s Ministry of Civil Affairs, putting the organization in a legal relationship with the Ministry.
In July 2015 a center was opened in Nanyang to care for 36 babies this again cares for babies that are not expected to live or have very severe medical problems.
The Next Chapters
During 2016 it became necessary to reduce the size of some of the centers in Henan province due to funding constraints. The Xinyang center was closed, and the Jiaozuo center had a very low admissions rate so it was decided to reduce from 36 beds down to 12. In the Luoyang center MBHOH, due to local fire regulations, we were only allowed to use the first 3 floors to house babies so this was reduced to 90 beds.
The New Hope Foundation vision is:
– to take physically handicapped babies under six months old and provide them with a caring and secure environment; to provide long-term care in as close to a normal home environment as possible;
– to seek out the very best medical solution for their handicap and facilitate their treatment; to work very closely with the local Children’s Welfare Institutes to give these children the very best opportunities for the future and also raising the awareness of the needs of these abandoned children in China;
– to employ and train local staff, as well as working closely with local community to help support their needs; to provide an opportunity for volunteers to get be involved with the care of these children;
– and to keep accurate records of the children’s development so that they have a “history”. “To comfort always, to relieve often, and to save sometimes.”
Key Success Factors
Bonding: Each nanny cares for the same two or three babies each day. This allows for normal emotional bonding to occur.
Responsibility: Nannies have the complete responsibility of feeding, bathing and playing with their babies. They are also trained to give prescribed medicines, just like any mother.
Training: Nannies are carefully trained using the New Hope Foundation guidelines for looking after the babies. These, at times, can be very different from local or individuals methods. It is stressed that the New Hope Foundation way is not necessarily the only way, or better than other ways, it is just the uniform way that these babies will be treated so that their routines do not change.
Working Hours: Staff working hours are set so that the staff can give the very best attention to the babies in their care.
Facilities: The facilities are bright, colorful, and clean. Spacious play areas and small personalized bedrooms (maximum four beds per room). Play areas are kept separate from dining areas. All babies have their own personal towels and clothing selected by their nannies.
Treating medical problems: An isolation area for sick babies is mandatory to be able to control the spread of infection. It is also necessary to have good regular sterilization routines. On-site medical staff able to deal with simple medical problems that arise, and also to do routine health checks.
The policies on this page have been developed since the year 2000 as we have been striving for excellence in caring for the babies we foster.
These have been published on this website so that others can see what we have found to work well in our homes. They are in English and if they are helpful please copy and modify to suit your own circumstances. We hold no ownership on these ideas; we believe however that there are the fingerprints of God all over them.
Philosophy and Practice
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