This month, we have continued to work with the W orphanage staff to assess the babies in their care. We have also assessed several of the older children. Many of the older children have more significant special needs and assessing them can take longer. But it's worth the effort, as we get the chance to understand them better and explore options for their therapy and care.
Our formula project is going well although, with the addition of new children and the continued struggles of some weak babies, we have an equal number of children struggling and thriving.
We are currently in discussion and preparation with New Day in Beijing and the orphanage leaders about the beginning of a "Mama Project" to help increase the staff to child ratio in the orphanage. At this date there are twenty-eight children with only three nannies caring for them. This is a huge need that we are hoping to help address as soon as possible. More details will be coming soon!