One day a group of friends and I went to a local store, similar to a Walmart, in China. While we were there, we purchased several toys for the children at a special needs orphanage which Global Partners in Life supports. As we were walking through the shopping area and checking out, I am sure the indigenous people wondered what in the world the adult foreigners were doing with so many children’s sizes of bikes, cars, and tricycles.
When we arrived at the orphanage and presented the gifts to the children, to say they were excited would be a huge understatement. We took the children to a playground outside their home for some extra space to play. Initially, they didn’t do very well sharing time on the bikes. But with a little cooperation, it didn’t take long for them to understand that everyone gets some time to ride around. I was so proud of them!
We literally ran the wheels off the bikes that day. The training wheels were bent and needed to be straightened out. The rubber part of the training wheels was also coming off, and the back fender on another bike was way out of alignment.
My happiest moment came when a girl who has difficulty walking got her turn on one of the bikes. As she rode past everyone with a huge smile on her face, I had to wonder if that was the most freely and effortlessly she had ever moved. This is why I wrote Unseen Tears, so everyone could know of the challenges faced by orphans, their resilience, and victories worthy of celebrating.
This story is just one example of a small way we can help the special needs orphans of China. Even the smallest act of kindness towards these children can brighten their day.
In my new book, Unseen Tears, I tell many more stories like this one—stories that convey the simplicity by which these special children live and the simple things that can touch them immensely. I hope you will read and enjoy Unseen Tears and ask yourself what you can do for parentless children today.
Beau Sides is the author of Unseen Tears: The Challenges of Orphans & Orphanages in China and Lessons From China: A Westerner’s Cultural Education, both available on Amazon. Learn more about Beau at his website www.beausides.com or connect with him on Twitter @BeauSides.