The Old Jinchang
pages in this section are dedicated to the old Social Welfare Institute. We have
decided to keep these pages as our daughter and all children adopted before 2003
were cared for in the old buildings. The new buildings were taken into use in
2003 and, as you will see, are a significant improvement on the old buildings.
The new buildings are built on the same site as the old buildings and demolished
to make room for an old peoples home, once the new orphanage and kindergarten
were taken into use.
The Social Welfare institute started in 1989 with funds
from the local government and the Jinchuan Nickel mine. A number of the nannies
in the pictures on the following pages still work at the SWI.
The first children were adopted from Jinchang in the summer of 1999, and our
group followed in February 2000. Yanmei was the 13th child adopted from the
information was submitted to a Swedish family in conjunction with the adoption
of their daughter in 2001.
Jinchang Social Welfare Institute.
Welfare Institute was established in 1989 and is a non-profit
organization of being taken the adoption as the main task. For many
years, thanks to the profound concern of municipal government, support
by the society and especially the great assistance by Jinchuan company,
we have made considerable progress.
We are having 45
children totally including 35 normal orphans and 11 disabled children.
Presently we are in the transferring period i.e reorganizing the
organization into a complete children´s welfare institute. Among 45
children, the oldest child has turned 11 years old, the youngest one is
less than a month old. Apart from 2 boys, the rest children are girls.
We name them after Jin as the meaning of Jinchang. Most of the children
were abandoned just after their birth. We deem it several conditions
such as the feudal idea of regarding men as superior to women,
congenital malformation resulting in being unable to afford to pay
medical expenses. It is quite different in terms of abandoned places.
Some of them were abandoned in the entrance of the government
authorities, some of them were abandoned in hospitals, some of them were
abandoned at public places and some of them were abandoned in the
entrance of the institute. Through the coordination by the relevant
departments as well as the security bureau, our Institute has taken up
the responsibility of bringing up the orphans.
monthly salary is RMB 180, but they are irrespective of remuneration.
Nowadays their monthly salary has increased by RMB 300 so that they
offer more honestly as a tribute to these poor children.
In 1999 we started
to do inter-country adoption work under the guidance of the provincial
Civil Affair Bureau. Up to now we have assigned 23 children to the
countries like the States, Spain, Holland and etc. for adoption.
Jinchang Social Welfare Institute
At the end of January
2002, the following mail was posted on the Gansu group website (a website for
children adopted from Gansu province) by the mother of Joi, adopted from
Jinchang. The mail read as follows:
mom just got a letter from Jinchang orphanage! About a year ago, her
church group decided to send some donations to the Jinchang orphanage
because that's where Joi is from. They made 20 quilts and many people
donated quite a lot of new clothing items. In all, there were 5 large
boxes that they sent by mail. We worried that they never received them
because she never did get a return receipt. But just recently she got a
letter from the orphanage saying that they did get them.
letter was totally in Chinese, so she had to get it translated. Here
is the translation:
received the 5 boxes containing the presents that you sent. We apologize
for not replying sooner due to the fact that we were not sure about your
address. We very much appreciate the love and concern that you have
expressed for the children. Our orphanage has a total of 69 orphans.
Among them there are healthy children, handicapped, premature newborns,
and also some almost school-age children. All of the children's clothes,
room and board, and transportation are fully funded by our country and
the government in order to assure the well being of these poor children.
However, our country is a developing country and, moreover, we are
located in a remote and underdeveloped area. Therefore, if we only
depend on the government support to raise these children, we still face
a certain amount of difficulty. In order to assure the healthy and happy
material and emotional development of these children, we still could not
succeed without having the support from various people from the
community and kind-hearted persons like yourself. We sincerely hope that
you and the people around you will continue to care for and help these
unfortunate children. In behalf of the entire staff at the orphanage, we
would like to express our sincere gratitude to you and the people around
you happiness and good health,
Jinchang City Orphanage, December 17th, 2002