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An Orphans Wish

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Causes: International, International Relief

Mission: An Orphan’s Wish is a group of dedicated volunteers striving to improve the lives of orphans in China. Through child sponsorships and donations we support orphans with special needs residing at the House of Love in the city of Guilin.

Target demographics: Orphaned Children in China

Programs: Clubfoot Casting Unit The Clubfoot Casting Unit at An Orphan’s Wish was created to treat and care for orphans born with clubfoot, who otherwise would not have an opportunity to have their feet corrected. The Ponseti Method of serial casting is used to gently manipulate the affected foot with a series of casts, changed weekly. Once the desired position is achieved, braces are worn to keep the correction, on a gradually reduced schedule, until the child is 4-5 years old. The children treated at An Orphan’s Wish live in our residential facility until correction is achieved. Once the bracing protocol is well underway, the children are placed with a foster family. Most clubfoot patients stay in our facility between 6 and 9 months before moving to foster care. Special Care Unit Our Special Care Unit (SCU) cares for orphaned children born with medical conditions, prematurely or those who are in need of specialized care. Children come into our unit from local orphanages and remain in our care until they are healthy enough to be placed into loving foster homes. Upon entering our unit, the children are bathed, fed, evaluated to determine their medical needs, and placed into the arms of one of our wonderful caretakers. With the help of medical professionals we begin to develop a medical and specialized care plan, specific to each child. If needed, we arrange for the child’s surgery and medical care by partnering with other charitable groups working in China. Our caretakers accompany the child during any surgery to ensure they are receiving the best care possible. Quality care post surgery is provided as well, so the child has the best opportunity for successful healing. Some children’s needs are too severe and the only care we can provide for them is palliative care. Other times the child only requires individualized care as well as lots of love and attention, and they begin to thrive. Residential and Cerebral Palsy Unit: The House of Love is a residential unit, opened in 2005, that provides full-time care for orphans with cerebral palsy and other special needs that require long term care. These children have a more difficult time finding adoptive families, and so this unit was created to provide a loving home environment. The children receive individualized physical therapy, quality education, and specialized care to help them achieve their highest potential.

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Rating: 5

I became involved with An Orphan's Wish last year and I cannot say enough good things about this organization. The professionalism they exhibit in everything they do is truly impressive. Their work is truly life saving and life changing for children in China who without them would have no voice, no advocates, no champions. Not only does An Orphan's Wish provide for the medical needs of the children in their care, they also provide them with an education and shower them with love and kindness. The smiles and the light in the children's eyes at the House of Love is the best testament to the quality of the care they receive. I sponsor a child at An Orphan's Wish and I appreciate that they strive to be good stewards for every donation received. I love receiving the newsletter and updates about my sponsored child. You really get a sense that your part of something big and special at An Orphan's Wish.

Rachel S.


Rating: 5

I got involved with An Orphan's Wish about 2 years ago through sponsoring a child. Since then, I have sponsored several more and love receiving the monthly updates on the children! They always look very happy, well-cared for and loved. This is truly a wonderful organization that cares deeply about these children. Because I have adopted a cleft-affected child, I am drawn to sponsoring those children affected the same way. AOW allows you to choose the child you would like to sponsor and also provides ways to give direct donations to purchase necessities. About a year ago, I began volunteering my time for AOW to help spread the word and am so glad I did! AOW is making the difference in lives of children and I'm happy to be a small part of that.


Rating: 5

An Orphan's WIsh is a fabulous organization! I know first hand the work they do in China! We adopted our son 6 months ago and he was cared for by An Orphan's Wish. He is the most well adjusted, wonderful child! All of this due to the love and care he got from this organization. Without a doubt, they touch the lives of so many children, who without their assistance, would long be forgotten. Thank you An Orphan's Wish!


Rating: 5

An Orphans Wish is a fabulous organization. These children are able to receive individual care for their special need. An Orphans Wish is about the children and is for the love of the children. Through the newsletters and social media you are able to see these children literally blossom before your eyes.