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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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Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sharon M.


Rating: 5

I started out as one of the first volunteers for An Orphan's Wish. I can not say enough WONDERFUL things about An Orphan's Wish!! The care these children receive is above and beyond anything you would imagine! Most of all .........these children are LOVED!!! I am a proud sponsor of Rylie. I was also given the privilege of assigning her a name. Such a sweet little girl! I love watching her grow and thrive under the care of An Orphan's Wish!


Rating: 5

Our family is a child sponsor for AOW. We sponsor Gregory! With monthly updates, we to see how much Gregory has changed since he was placed in AOW home. He has a smile on his face that is worth a million dollars and he knows that he is loved by the nannies at AOW. We know first hand what it is like to adopt a child that doesn't know what love is ... thank goodness Gregory and all the kids at AWO know they are loved. Our little that didn't have a clue to what love is ... well she knows now and is the most loving child in our family. Thank you to An Orphan's Wish for making a difference in the life's of orphans!


Rating: 5

In 2000, a love for China began to stir in my heart after visiting the country. The people, the history, the culture, the food and also the needs for orphans, specifically. When a friend introduced me to "An Orphan's Wish" in 2011 I was grateful to have the opportunity to become a sponsor. The website is so user friendly and you'll fall in love with each child who comes across your screen. They will greatly benefit from your support. I highly recommend An Orphan's WIsh, should you consider sponsoring, donating, or sharing their story with others. I always look forward to receiving regular updates on my sponsored children, absolutely precious! Should you become a sponsor, you will too! So grateful for AOW!

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info 04/28/2011

Thank you so much for that wonderful comment, Kristen! None of the world could be done without the support of generous sponsors like you. We are grateful for your trust.


Rating: 5

Our second daughter lived at the House of Love in the city of Guilin for several months before we adopted her and we are so thankful for the care she received. We were prepared for the possiblity of delays due to institutionalization, but we could tell right away how well she was cared for as she was developmentally right on track. I was also amazed at how well the staff prepared her for the transition to our family and how easily it went for her.

We were able to meet some of her carers briefly afterward and it was so touching to see them hold her one last time smiling, talking and even singing with her.

We have since been sponsoring one of her former playmates through An Orphan's Wish and can see the wonderful progress he has made too.


Rating: 5

My two youngest children out of 6 are adopted from China. At the time of our adoption and since returning this summer for a visit to their respective orphanages, I have been deeply impacted by the ongoing need of the orphans that remain, waiting and hoping for their forever families. An Orphans Wish is a wonderful organization that allows me to respond to those feelings of wanting to help those needy children with care through the organization and to hopefully facilitate the children to meet up with their forever families.