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We have been providing substantial support for many years to an "illegal" orphanage in China that was founded by an underground bishop some thirty years ago. We subsidize the orphanage for its food. The orphanage houses physically and mentally handicapped orphans ranging from only two months old to the eldest who is 33 years old. The older ones are those who entered the orphanage when it was first established approximately thirty years ago. Two-thirds of them cannot take care of themselves, and depend on the nuns for their every living needs. Some of them are attending school.
The orphanage has approximately eighty orphans with thirty nuns taking care of them, totaling 110 persons. Allowing them an average of only US$2 per person per day for their food, it costs US$6,600 per month. We can only afford to help them with US$2,000 per month, equivalent to approximately 30% of the meager food need. In the meantime, we receive only an average of US$600 donation for each month from kind people like you. We really need more help. The poor peasants in the nearby villages do donate some of their harvest to the orphanage.
The orphanage building was built approximately thirty years ago in a hurry and has deteriorated to such an extent that it has been condemned by the government to be demolished. The orphanage capital project has been so far successful in raising some funds to start the construction of a new building, but it is not enough. They need $130,000 from us. We are too hard pressed to fund this new building, although we recognize the urgent need for constructing it, and would be overjoyed for the sake of the orphans to see it happen. They are the ones who are really in need. If anyone can make a one time special donation to fund the capital cost of this handicapped orphanage, both the orphanage and the donor will be very blessed by helping these "least" of God's children.
Also read our press release on Jan 11, 2011