|'Big Daddy' Cornhusker Rescues Chinese Orphans|
|by Tom McGregor||Wed, Oct 31, 2012, 01:55 AM|
BEIJING: Ogallala, Nebraska USA has a population of just 3,000. It’s a town few Americans may have heard of, but nonetheless, one local resident has made huge difference for over 1,000 orphans born in China.
Brent Johnson, vice president of United Family Healthcare, plays a leading role with the Beijing Chunmiao Children’s Aid Foundation, registered under the Beijing Civil Affairs Bureau. The NGO focuses on “providing specialized care to abandoned infants and nurturing the growth and education of older disabled orphans.”
During an exclusive interview with the China Daily, Mr. Johnson said he arrived in China in 1990 on a University of South Carolina student exchange program with Shaanxi University to study Chinese history, and he’s lived in the country ever since.
“Shortly after graduating, my wife (Serena) and I were just starting to begin our lives together. On a whim, we visited an orphanage in Harbin in 1995,” Johnson said. “It was my first time to visit an orphanage and it had many mentally-impaired children, while many babies were dying since they couldn’t get specialized medical care.”
He added, “we went ahead and asked to foster and adopt a baby. We were happy to do it, but there were many other orphans who needed special love and care, so we convinced our friends in Harbin to foster children in the US and other countries and around China to adopt children. The project kept getting bigger; people were donating money and offering to volunteer.”
Eventually, Johnson and his volunteers launched the China Little Flowers Project with programs that included: intensive special care for infants; hospice care for dying children; group educational foster care; and long-term care for severely disabled children.
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