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Norfolk charity's plea to help Chinese orphans

Norfolk-based charity Care for Children has launched a Christmas appeal to raise £3,000 to help place orphans in Tibet and West China into families.

ChineseOrphan420Charity founder Robert Glover said: “To help more orphaned and abandoned children like Wei Wei (pictured right) experience the love of a family for the first time this Christmas, Care for Children has joined the GlobalGiving Winter Challenge of raising a minimum £3,150 from at least 40 online donors in one month.

“Your support will help us raise vital funds to place orphans into families in Tibet & West China. It will also secure us a permanent position on GlobalGiving, helping us to raise the funds to place even more children into families in the future.  All funds raised go directly towards the project work in China.”
Earlier this year Norwich Christian couple Thomas and Rachel Abbott made a life-changing move with the charity to Thailand to launch an innovative project with the Thai government to develop local family placement care for orphans.
Assistant Director Thomas said: “The funds are going towards the 20 new project sites in China, including Tibet. But if we succeed with our target, we will earn a permanent position on the GlobalGiving site… so this is more than just raising awareness and funds, but also a potentially new and strategic fundraising tool for us. So, we really need to see our friends take some action.
“According to UNICEF, there are 71 million orphans in Asia, that's 12 million more than in Africa! Millions of orphans are living in institutions – but God designed the family to care for children,” said Thomas. “Care for Children has helped the Chinese government place over 250,000 Chinese orphans back in to Chinese families in China, and over the years, God has also given us favour with the Thai government.
“We have now signed a project agreement to help them develop local family placement care for their orphans as a positive alternative to institutional care, starting in Chiang Mai (North Thailand).”
Care for Children exists to relieve hardship, distress and sickness in abandoned and orphaned children in Asia by the introduction of strategic initiatives in local family placement care as an alternative to institutional care, in partnership with government authorities. It has a vision to see one million children placed into families.
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