International China Concern (ICC) is established
David Gotts visits the Nanning Welfare Centre for the first time. International China Concern (ICC) is established. First short-term volunteer team from overseas countries goes to Nanning in Guangxi.
Volunteer team moves to Changsha
Nanning denies access for future visits. Second short-term volunteer team goes to Changsha in Hunan Province instead.
Building offered by Chinese Government
ICC is offered a building by the Chinese government to be renovated into a long-term care centre (Oasis House).
Beginning of “Hand-in-Hand” Child Sponsorship Programme
Renovations begin on Oasis House with assistance from Mobile Mission Maintenance Team (MMM International). First, long-term volunteer team moves in to recruit and train local caregivers. “Hand-in-Hand” Child Sponsorship Programme begins. Training programs developed for staff and caregivers.
Opening of Oasis House
ICC opens its first care centre and home, Oasis House, in Changsha to provide a home for 40 children. ICC establishes a Social Welfare Training Centre.
Plans begin for opening Hope House in Changsha as demand for space continues to grow.
Hope House Opens
ICC opens Hope House with room for more than 60 children.
Eyes on Hengyang
ICC looks at the city of Hengyang as a possible location for expansion.
Changsha Community-Based Group Homes Open
ICC begins preparing and moving children into community-based group homes as Oasis House and Hope House are closed to make way for a new Government Welfare Centre building.
Commencement of Hengyang Project
The Hengyang Spring Project formally commences and registers as the Spring Service Centre.
Hengyang Group Homes Open
Hengyang girls family-style group homes are opened.
Rainbow Disabled Children’s Services Centre
Rainbow Disabled Children’s Services Centre is registered in Changsha.
Community Outreach Project Starts In Changsha
Opening of the new Lighthouse Children’s Centre in Changsha. Hengyang infant/toddler unit is opened. Community Outreach Project commenced in Changsha.
Home For Independent Youth
Canaan Home is opened for young adults who are able to live independently in Changsha.
Sanmenxia Project is established in a new 50/50 partnership with the local government in Sanmenxia, Henan Province.
Second Location for Community Outreach
A second Community Outreach Project location established in Changsha.
Rich Hubbard Community Group Homes
The Rich Hubbard Community Group Homes are opened in Hengyang.
ICC celebrates its 20th anniversary.
Hengyang Spring Project Relocation
The Hengyang Spring Project moves into a specially-built 5-storey Children’s Care Centre to make room for 20 group homes for 160 children and young adults.
Rosy Dawn Home
A new community group home is opened in Changsha for 7 young ladies — “Rosy Dawn Home”.
Home of Everlasting Love
A new community group home is opened in Changsha for 7 young men — “Home of Everlasting Love”.
ICC’s participation in the Sanmenxia Project comes to an end
We leave with a sense of satisfaction that ICC’s core concepts of individualized care, therapy and special education have been embraced by the welfare centre.
Community Outreach Project Relocation
Community Outreach Project is moved to a new location and plans for mobile services to families are initiated.
Re-developing Lighthouse Children’s Centre
Plans begin for renovating and re-developing Lighthouse Children’s Centre in Changsha into an integrated specialist services centre.
ICC is approved as a registered charity working in China
Only very few foreign non-governmental organisations (FNGOs) have received this approval and we are now authorised to work throughout the Hunan province and serve more children with disabilities!