Orphanage home to disabled kids puts on show to raise awareness of disability issues

Source:Global Times Published: 2017/5/21 17:43:04

During the performance in Shijiazhuang, North China's Hebei Province, a few children from the Liming Family orphanage put on a skit. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Volunteers put makeup on a child before a performance starts. Photo: Li Hao/GT 


A few girls sit at a pew during Mass at Liming Family, a Hebei Province-based Catholic orphanage that is home to many children with disabilities. Photo: Li Hao/GT

A volunteer kisses a child from Liming Family in Shijiazhuang. Photo: Li Hao/GT

During afternoon Mass last Saturday at Liming Family, a priest blesses a boy. Photo: Li Hao/GT

Sunday marked the 27th annual National Day for Helping the Disabled in China. To mark the occasion, the nuns who run Liming Family, a Hebei Province-based Catholic orphanage that is home to many children with disabilities, took their wards to the provincial capital Shijiazhuang to put on a performance that aimed to raise awareness about disability issues.

Lang Lixia, the nun who manages Liming Family's campuses, told the Global Times she hopes that in future there will be more support at all levels for people with disabilities.

The orphanage survives on donations, but this money barely covers daily necessities and is far from enough. She hopes that the government will decide to give them more support one day in terms of resources, such as rehabilitation services and funding.

She also hopes businesses will work to develop better channels for people with disabilities to enter the workforce, so they can have more independent lives.

The nuns have been running the Liming Family orphanage in Tangqiu township, North China's Hebei for almost 30 years. The children at its three campuses were mostly abandoned because of their disabilities, sometimes at the church's doorstep.

The orphanage strives to teach the children how to take care of themselves as well as providing some degree of rehabilitation. The children are able to also learn how to do some handicrafts, such as embroidery, so that in future they may be able to earn money.

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