Child Sponsorship: The Resilient “Sunbird”
Perseverance is a trait that can be developed over time, but for Suisui, a young man who is a beloved part of ICC, this character seems to be innate. Now 12 years old, Suisui has been in ICC’s care for 7 years and ICC’s staff brighten when talking about his determination to overcome obstacles associated with his cerebral palsy.
His soft voice is music to the ears of ICC’s therapists and caregivers, but the light tone of his speech bears no indication to his forthright determination.
With encouragement from his caregivers, Suisui developed his “loud” voice, and surprised everyone by volunteering to co-host performances – he did a great job, and he’s even willing to sing for the crowd. He has a natural ability to make people laugh!
Maneuvering throughout ICC’s complex in his wheelchair, Suisui is a beacon of light, constantly on a quest for independence. While some students might complain about school, Suisui not only attends with delight, he used to wheel himself to class 30 minutes each way!
Full of learning potential, Suisui thoroughly enjoys going to daily classes and works hard, a wonderful example to his peers. He easily recognizes colors, animals and 40 Chinese characters. He can count and recognize numbers and perform simple math. School is simply not an option for many children with disabilities in China and ICC’s supporters are making education a reality for every young person in ICC’s care.
At his little “Sunbird” home within ICC, Suisui enjoys playing puzzles with other young men. His determination is demonstrated as he has gained ability in his personal care, including self-feeding and brushing his teeth. Thanks to therapies and encouragement from loving, consistent caregivers!
We hope others will be inspired by Suisui’s perseverance and will join ICC’s Hand-in-Hand Child Sponsorship Programme. Alison Kennedy, ICC’s dedicated therapist who knows and loves Suisui shared this about his personality “He is thoughtful. He notices people and cares. He enjoys the company of others and shares his joy.”
You too can share in the joy of these amazing children. Through ICC’s Child Sponsorship Programme, you will be matched with a child and will embark on a life-changing journey of transformed lives.