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Books to Huainan

As schools throughout the United States shift to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, teachers and parents have had to find creative ways to engage and educate school children who can no longer be in the classroom. It has been no different for the nannies and caregivers in the Huainan orphanage. Since the children could not return to school after the winter break, their caregivers have been working hard to provide different learning opportunities within the orphanage. In late February, we were asked if we could help purchase an assortment of activity books to help create more variety and stimulation. Of course, we said yes, and the children were so excited when the books arrived.

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And Now, A Word from Annabelle

Even if you don’t speak Chinese and can’t understand exactly what Annabelle is saying, we think you’ll enjoy seeing her in motion and watching the very sweet and poised way she speaks into the camera in this new video. It’s difficult to believe that not long ago, this lovely nine-year-old didn’t have a wheelchair to get herself around and was unable to attend school (see “Our Bright and Brave Annabelle”). It’s plain to see that being independent and mobile has helped Annabelle to gain confidence.

Annabelle is said to be very bright and much happier now that she is going to school and learning. Our China staff tell us that she is also well-respected and loved by the other children.
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“Annabelle” Lee

It was many and many a year ago,
In a kingdom by the sea,
That a maiden there lived whom you may know
By the name of “Annabelle” Lee;
And this maiden she lived with no other thought
Than to love and be loved by me.

We have taken a few liberties with this section of Poe’s poem “Annabel Lee,” but it resonated with us as we watched a new video of Annabelle from our education program in Wuchuan, Guangdong province. Nine-year-old Annabelle is much loved by all of us, and we hope for her to experience the love of a family soon too!
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