Dr. Joyce Hill, a family medical practitioner, and her husband, Robin, began with a desire to help the Children’s Welfare Institutes in China in the work that they do caring for abandoned babies. The Hills have done this by providing personal care and seeking medical treatment for sick children, surgical interventions for those with correctable needs, and loving care for those requiring a palliative approach.
The Hills are Christians and believe that these children 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, who was 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 with twenty years of service to help his wife set up a foster home.
With permission from the Beijing Children’s Welfare Institute, the Hills began taking children into their home in February 2000 in a small village southeast of Beijing. In November 2002, they started work on what would become New Hope Foundation in Beiwu, in the Shunyi district of Beijing. This new home cared for twenty-six (26) babies at that time. This was done under New Hope Foundation Limited, which is a registered charity in Hong Kong and is wholly owned by Robin and Joyce Hill. In February 2003, 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 eighteen (18) months. In 2004, the Outreach Foster Program was started in conjunction with Love Without Boundaries. This program placed babies in local Chinese family homes. Unfortunately, this program was closed in August 2012 due to a lack of suitable families.
The Work Expands
In January 2005, New Hope Foundation Limited opened the Show Hope Special Care Center in Jiaozuo, Henan province. This unit was designed to care for up to thirty-six (36) babies who were severely disabled and not expected to live. Our goal was “to comfort always, to relieve often, and to save sometimes.” In September 2006, New Hope Foundation Limited opened its second Special Care Unit in Luoyang. This unit was designed to care for up to forty-five (45) babies that were severely disabled and in need of palliative care.
In October 2006, in conjunction with Love Without Boundaries, a small nine-bed “step-up, step-down” unit was opened. This unit in Beiwu, called the “Heartbridge Unit,” was for medically vulnerable infants immediately following surgery, and for those waiting for their surgeries as well. During 2007, this was increased to an eighteen-bed unit. The Xinyang Special Care Unit also opened in October 2007. This unit cared for up to eighteen (18) babies who were severely disabled, many of whom were not expected to live. The babies who came into the unit were comforted and fed, and if they did not survive, they passed away in a loving environment. The babies who survived were cared for in the chronic care areas and received the very best care and physical therapy possible.
In 2009, with the help of Show Hope, a six-story, 5,820-square-meter facility opened as part of the Chinese government’s Blue Sky Project, with the goal of upgrading the Luoyang Children’s Welfare Institute’s facilities. Maria’s Big House of Hope in Luoyang initially cared for 140 babies that were in three groups: palliative care, long-term chronic care and operable conditions. In August 2010, we opened a new Special Care Center in the Zhengzhou Children’s Welfare Institute. By year’s end, the unit was caring for forty-five (45) babies and was staffed by New Hope Foundation employees. A new floor was added in 2014, allowing for another thirty-six (36) babies to be cared for at that time. The following year saw this Care Center caring for 105 babies at full capacity.
July 2011 saw 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. We are extremely grateful for this amazing opportunity.
In July 2015, a center was opened in Nanyang to care for thirty-six (36) babies. As with our other units, here we care for many children who have severe medical problems, some of whom are not expected to live.
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 Care Center was closed, and since the Jiaozuo Care Center had a very low admissions rate, it was reduced from thirty-six (36) beds to twelve (12). In the Luoyang Care Center (MBHOH), due to revised fire regulations, it was determined that only the first three floors could be used to house children, thus causing a necessary reduction in the number of beds. Fifty-six (56) children are currently being cared for in Luoyang.
Due to new regulations passed in 2019 that affected the whole of China, we are no longer able to care for children in our Beijing Care Center. The facility currently serves as the main administrative office for New Hope Foundation. Our four Special Care Centers in Henan are still running strong and we continue to provide love, nurture, medical care and surgeries for more than 200 orphaned children with special needs. We are deeply grateful for the ongoing opportunity to serve these precious ones who are so often considered by society as “the least of these.”
The New Hope Foundation vision is:
– to take in 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 each child’s physical challenge 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; to raise awareness of the needs of these abandoned children in China;
– to employ and train local staff, as well as work closely with local community to help support their needs; to provide an opportunity for volunteers to be involved with the care of these children;
– to keep accurate records of the children’s development so that each has a “history”;
– and “to comfort always, to relieve often, and to save sometimes.”
Key Success Factors
Bonding: Each nanny cares for the same three children each day or night. This allows for normal emotional bonding to occur.
Responsibility: Nannies have the complete responsibility of feeding, bathing and playing with their children. They are also trained to give prescribed medicines.
Training: Nannies are carefully trained using the New Hope Foundation guidelines for looking after the children. We recognize that 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 method or better than other methods, but that it is just the uniform way that these children 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 children in their care.
Facilities: The facilities in all centers are bright, colorful, and clean, with both spacious play areas and bedrooms for the children. Play areas are kept separate from dining areas. All children have their own personal towels and clothing selected especially for them by their nannies.
Treating medical problems: An isolation area for sick children is mandatory to help control the spread of infection. Good, regular sterilization routines are adhered to as well. On-site medical staff are available to deal with simple medical problems that arise, and also to do routine health checks.
The policies on this page have developed since the year 2000 as we have striven for excellence in caring for the children entrusted to us.
These policies are published on this website so that others can see what we have found to work well in our Care Centers. They are in both English and Chinese. If you find them helpful, you may copy and modify to suit your own circumstances. We hold no ownership or liability on these ideas; we do believe, however, that the fingerprints of God are all over them.
We wish to sincerely thank all those sponsors and friends who have helped us in the past and those who will continue to do so into the future:
Your contributions make quality care for orphaned children possible. New Hope Foundation relies on gifts from donors like you!