Sunday, June 22, 2008

miracles of wifi and putting the pieces together

Seriously if you knew where I was sitting right now in Northern New Mexico, you would not believe I'm picking up a wireless signal and doing a little research on Yue Yue's social welfare institute.

What I've learned about Dao County SWI -- and may I add with not one iota of help from the Yongzhou yahoo group that I have been knocking at the door of since June 10 -- are very good things. Someone who posted recently said it was difficult to get into that particular yahoo group. It's a consortium of sorts of all the Yongzhou City (in Southern Hunan) SWIs, where families of these children can keep in touch and find out information. Twelve days later, my membership is pending and I'm impatient about finding out some basic information about Dao County SWI. Good grief, it's a yahoo group. Not the Pentagon. So if anyone can pull some strings for me..... Also, anyone who has visited and has photos they'd like to share? We'd be much obliged.

But from another blog of a family adopting last spring from Dao County, I learned that this is a model orphanage with approximately 40 children under the age of two. Big bro Isaac will be happy as one of his main concerns the minute we saw her face was that she was being well cared for. This particular adoptive family was unable to visit the SWI and so I am not going to get my hopes up about that. The babies typically are three to four in a room and become attached to two or three nannies. This SWI also shares its space with a home for elderly people as well who come to visit and hold them from time to time. Also check out those photographs. The grounds are gorgeous and Yue Yue's photo was taken near that large round concrete planter in the overhead shot.

Starting June 2006, Dao County began to give its children the last name Yong from Yongzhou City and the first names of Xiao, which means Xiao, and a second given name, such as Yue. Then, the name is doubled and she is called by Yue Yue. One of Yue Yue's sisters in our travel group is Xiao Zi.

Remember the terrible snow storms this past winter? I found a list of supplies Dao County requested from Half the Sky.

Dao County SWI, Hunan - need winter clothing, quilts disposable diapers, heaters, a dryer and medical assistance. Estimated cost: 80,000 yuan; total child population: 32 (social welfare institutions house elderly also) FINAL NEEDS: 45,164 yuan.

In St. Augustine, the humidity continues on past summer and our winters are very damp and when it is cold, it can feel even colder. That kind of bone-chilling arthritis aching cold. A friend of ours from Chicago visited once in February and said she'd never been so cold in her life. I remember reading about this particular part of China -- which is also very humid and that it was especially hard hit during the storms because they weren't properly prepared to deal with such icy, radical conditions. Yue Yue would have been about three months old then.


NorasMommy said...

Hi - this is Jennifer (aka norasmommy from the RQ forum) our daughter is also in the Dao Xian SWI!

I haven't been able to crack the Yongzhou Yahoo! group either, despite having sent two follow up emails. Sheesh. There is also a Daoxianswi group, if you haven't already found that. They have been very welcoming!

Good luck to you! Hope those TAs come QUICKLY!!!

kbradley said...

Yes Daoxin let me in, but I couldn't seem to get my hands on any pics. I was hoping that Fort Yongzhou group had some better ones.

I sent two follow up mails too!

Cindi said...

What amazing info. you were able to gather about your daughter's SWI. She, by the way, is gorgeous.
Cindi from RQ
Referral June 9, 2008

Mikenjane said...

Sorry that you are having so much trouble contacting the Yongzhou SWI. Coincidentally, we have two friends with daughters from the Yongzhou SWI. Their daughters are now 7 years old.

One of our friends just visited the Yongzhou SWI and wrote about it on her blog, Our Year in Xiamen, China. Check out her May 23, 2008 entry for info about her visit. I don't know if she saw your daughter or not. You could try contacting her, but she is in transit right now back to the States to see her mother who is very ill.

I know that her daughter and the other girl we know from Yongzhou have absolutely thrived here in the US. They are both Hunan beauties with great personalities.

Congrats on your Yongzhou girl! Best wishes for safe and speedy travel!


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