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Post time 2012-6-4 10:01:40 |Display all floors

The story is from Xinhua, I am so touched by the couple's kindness and their devotion.

Situated in a suburban area in north China's Tianjin municipality, the Shepherd's Field Children's Village, which was founded by an American couple, Tim and Pam Baker in 2006, is now China's largest foreign-invested charity of its kind.

The center has provided a home for more than 3,000 orphans, most of them handicapped, since establishment. Over 80 kids now live there, the youngest just a month old and the oldest over 10.

The story of the Bakers has been widely spread among Chinese netizens and some praise the couple as the guardians of Chinese orphans and handicapped children.

Ninety-five percent of the children helped by the Bakers have disabilities, were abandoned at birth and have been refused by other welfare homes on account of their various conditions, according to Tim Baker. He says, no matter what kind of disability a child has, his orphanage will accept them and get them hospital treatment.

The Shepherd's Field Children's Village currently has four kids in Beijing undergiong surgery, and each year arranges 30 to 40 medical procedures to treat problems ranging from heart defects to cleft lips.

Baker, 55, began adopting and helping Chinese orphans 20 years ago. In 1991, when he and Pam were teaching at Beihang University in Beijing, they started to donate children's products and food to local welfare homes in the cities of Beijing, Tianjin and Shijiazhuang.

A year later, they adopted a little girl from Guiyang Orphanage in southwest China's Guizhou province and named her Esther. Several years passed before they took in three more children — a pair of twin brothers and a baby boy with a cleft lip.

In 1995, they started a small welfare home — the Philip Hayden Foundation — in order to take care of more orphans. In 2002, the foundation looked to expand its scope and got a piece of land donated by the local government. The Shepherd's Field Children's Village was opened four years later.

Baker explains that after two decades living in China he sees himself as Chinese. Nevertheless, he often has to fly back to the United States to raise donations. At the same time, he also takes responsibility to persuade people to adopt the center's children, successfully securing adoptions for around 30 of the youngsters annually.

More than 900 children from his orphanage have found a family and most of the parents are from the United States, according to Baker.

For Tim and Pam, there is still one obstacle. They have started to build a 3,000-square-meter vocational center for teenagers, where older children will be able to learn some working skills. Lacking capital, the construction project has been stalled for a year. However, no trouble can reduce the couple's passion for helping kids in need.

Baker sees himself staying in China with the children until the end of his life. Though he and his wife are too old to adopt any more kids, he says, this job can be passed over to their children and grandchildren.


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Post time 2012-6-4 20:33:24 |Display all floors
Since a foreigner can do so much to our society, how about ourself?? why not do something for it?!


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Post time 2012-6-4 20:34:02 |Display all floors
This post was edited by timbatu at 2012-6-4 20:34

I hope they do not force Christianity onto Chinese orphans.

The fat guy loved by the Sinophobic West.

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Post time 2012-6-5 15:49:54 |Display all floors
every time i read this kind of story, feel so touching. in now socity all with money, fame, which vast majority people lost their way. hasn't ethics. hoping more and more Bakers appear in China

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Post time 2012-6-5 15:51:17 |Display all floors
I am touched by their kind heart!

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Post time 2012-6-5 23:37:34 |Display all floors
It is a great story, about some truely good people.This is the kind of life that should inspire all of us to do what we can to help , after all these children are the most helpless people on the planet and they are our future yet they have already been abandoned by parents that are ashamed of them or for some other reason have cast them adrift I read nothing that made me think they were being taught any religion, i did not see any pictures or icons of any kind in the photos. i don't understand how someone could read a story like this one and look for a way to cast a shadow over these people by suggesting they may be forcing religion on these children. i am not a christian  and would not impose my beliefs on any one, but if exposing these children to a religion ( any religion ) is part of the program to feed and nourish them and show them that some one cares ,it is a good thing and i will do what i can to help by donating time or if that is not possible (and it is not) then i will donate what little i can. a dollar or five or whatever will help i'm sure.

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Post time 2012-6-6 11:50:25 |Display all floors
I was deeply touched by the kind heart of Tim and Pam,I wish both  parents and young couples should be taught a good lesson,don't create any unfortunate kids any more,be reasonable,if defeated babies can't be avoided bringing to the world,then take up the responsibility bravely,don't shift blame to other shoulders,after long period of perseverence  and effort our society can really be a wonderful land.Of course I should abide it myself first of all.

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