Yang Li Gu (affectionately known as Li Gu) is a little boy with Down’s Syndrome. He was abandoned into the care of International China Concern soon after he was born, and was placed in a care home – the specialised Infant Care Unit in the Hengyang Children’s Care Centre where the most vulnerable babies can receive intensive care and be looked after by a medical team and staff.
In the Care home the babies and children receive 24-hour nursing care and monitoring, with higher ratios of carers to children and allowing more intensive care when needed.
After five months Li Gu was strong enough to move into our Little Panda group home where he is currently living happily with 6 other little children as housemates, under the care of regular carers who act as house parents; loving, caring, teaching and disciplining the children. Their home is specially designed for caring for children with disabilities, and the children will grow up as a family, sharing family life according to the level of their ability, learning from their carers and each other.
Li Gu is a delightful little boy. Although he is quite content when left to play on his own, he also really loves individual love and attention. When interacting with him he is quite pleased to sit on your lap and play with whatever toy you may have to offer him. His fine motor skills are quite developed so he has the ability to play with many toys. Although he is not yet walking or talking, he is still very mobile and likes to crawl around a lot.
Although he is mostly very happy and content, he can also be very expressive about his own opinions. He would rather his caretakers not have to put him in a chair but sometimes they have to for feeding. He also has a preference for which toys he likes to play with and does not like to have to give up his toys. It is great that he is learning to be so expressive about his likes and dislikes.
Because he is doing so well in his development he will be having the opportunity to join the Kindy classes soon and we are very excited for this progression.
We pray that Li Gu will continue to grow and learn in his loving home.
I have been paying for his livelihood for last 1 year, but the expenses are increases and we are falling short of the funds. Though the care home takes care of the children well, but the funds is the main criteria. I am trying to raise this funds to support his living and supporting his growth and his medical needs.