The mountains of Desheng appear on the horizon, and here we are again.....
This time carrying special cargo which has been lovingly created by Manna
with photos from beautiful Desheng children around the world
to give to their early carers in Desheng SWI
It has traversed several flights from Scotland
and is now about to enter the last leg -
the bus from Nanning to Jinchengjiang, Hechi.
Where we will be relieved to finally deliver it to Desheng Staff.
It was hard work!!
...so many different emotions every time.
A very warm welcome form Ms Qin who is now the Deputy Director
Finally, to much interest and applause, the Canvas of all our beautiful Desheng children was unveiled. It is hard to capture the excitement and delight. It was filmed in great detail...but it is just tooo long to share!
The Fu Girls presented it to the |Directors
Thankfully we had drawn out a plan with all the names so they could find the children they had known and cared for.
After all the excitement had died down, we went to the new Conference Room for an official welcome for the girls, ourselves and an update on the new plans for Desheng SWI to help meet the needs of the children with special needs still living there
The Fu Girls were presented with these beautiful Guangxi Love Balls
as a gift from Desheng SWI
And Loved the Fu Stone!
We wandered out into the new landscaped grounds & learned about the plans for the future - this is the original Baby Room Building.
The tall building in the centre will be the new children's rooms.
It will have an elevator which will make it possible to use wheelchairs to bring the children out to enjoy the new grounds
As we wandered, nannies were still checking all the beautiful faces
and had acquired MY copy of the calendar too :-)
Tour of grounds continued as we chatted.....
he particularly requested this Remote control Helicopter so he could play with his new foster brother
...we just had to join in :-)
always a special part of our visits
And soon time again to leave the SWI and head downtown to the now familiar restaurant for dinner with staff,foster mothers and children
Once there, we were able to share more updates from families.
Staff were so delighted to see even more updates from the children and took the pages to deliver to foster mothers who were not there that day.
Dinner was lovely, but we are never able to focus fully on the food -
there is so much to think about, ask, take in.........
At dinner, the Director and Ms Qin responded positively to our request
to keep the original baby rooms as they were
so that children visiting in later years,
could see the rooms where they were cared for?
Girls having fun
and then some gifts for the Foster children and the SWI children
donated from Desheng families and sponsors
Looks like everyone was pleased with their gifts
and staff took the rest for the children who could not be there,
and gifts for the SWI children too!
Thank you to all who donated to help make this possible
from the staff and children at Desheng.
Once again, time to get ready to go.....
We continue to work to build bridges and connections for our own children
and the precious souls still living there
Once again, our van drove along the main road, as we left with so many thoughts, emotions, questions......
" It was good to have been there......."
.....and we drove off to explore a special Desheng spot :-)