CHILD SPONSORSHIP | Maizi
In a recent report, our caregivers in Hengyang shared a story of how love, patience and persistence brought transformation to one of our young people’s life here at ICC.
Maizi is 16 years old and has been diagnosed with autism. She has been in our care centre since she was one and a half years old.
When Maizi first arrived at our care centre, she was highly sensitive to her surroundings. Maizi was terrified of people, and we often found her hiding in a dark corner crying. She did not like to sleep on her bed but would instead sleep on the wooden toy horse in the room. To keep Maizi company, our caregivers would sit on the sofa watched over her throughout the night.
Because Maizi felt unfamiliar to her environment, our caregivers needed to spend a lot of time to help her feel safe while she adjusted to her new home.
Maizi is a sweet child. While she’s well-loved by her ICC staff, she has been keeping our caregivers busy. Maizi used to run out into the hallway when our caregivers were not looking; she enjoyed throwing things out the window; she would go into the kitchen and take food if the door was unlocked. Maizi even tried to take off her caregiver’s shoes while she was wearing them!
Yet, we know how much our caregivers adore Maizi. They have been witnessing positive changes over time. The caregivers happily report that Maizi no longer throws things away, doesn’t run around as much and takes off fewer shoes. When Maizi wears her shoes the wrong way, our caregivers would gently remind her, and Maizi would switch them back correctly herself.
“Maizi has an excellent memory. She can remember all the names of the children in the Magnolia Home, the wheelchairs they use, and the shoes they wear.”
— reported our caregiver.
When our caregivers need to get the children out of bed, Maizi brings their wheelchairs to the bedside. When the caregiver wants to clean, she can ask Maizi to help bring out the broom or the ash bucket. Our caregivers are very impressed that she has listened and followed their instructions!
Maizi loves to play, and one of her favourite activities is to play on the swings in the care centre’s playground. It’s not for the faint-hearted to watch Maizi swing, but she’s so good at it, and she can soar very high. Whenever our staff praised Maizi for swinging well, she would respond by smiling at them.
It takes a bit day-by-day to see the changes in our children’s lives. Thank you for being part of the ICC story in providing love, hope and opportunity to the children in China!
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