Monday, April 18, 2011

Playing with babies

While my Mom was in Shanghai we got to visit Shanghai Healing Home.  I volunteer at SHH occassionally and have mentioned to her more than once how the place impressed me -- it is the incredible project of a woman who saw a need and took action.  This action led her to open a small orphanage primarily for babies with cleft palates.  These orphans have an alarming mortality rate within the regular system due to their difficulty eating.  SHH has lower caregiver-to-baby ratios which gives them a chance to get healthy enough to begin the series of surgeries required to repair their lips/palates. 

We had a fun morning playing with these cuties ... when holding them it is heart breaking to realize that without the help of SHH they might have only become another sad statistic. 


Lori said...

Wow, how cute that I can see them smiling in their eyes.

Molly W. said...

What beautiful babies! Makes me want to hop on a plane and snuggle each one!