Tianyun Hearing And Speech Rehabilitation Organization
Visiting NGOs is a life lesson first and foremost because you’re facing a reality you could never imagine that existed. So far during my time in Beijing and participating into the project Deep into China I’ve been to three, but I think that my visit at Tianyun Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation Organization was a real eye-opener.
To begin with, I was blown away by the unconditional love and efforts of the staff that run the organization. I am referring not only to the emotional contribution, but also to the personal enormous financial sacrifices they make in order to keep that place going.
The experience was overwhelming to say the least. Hearing-impaired children from all over China are being sent there to participate to the educational programs of the organization. The centre boasts several success stories of children that have recovered to a large extent and were able to assimilate into society. The staff there are devoted beyond belief. The love and care towards the children is visible every walking minute.
However, what moved me the most was the attitude the little ones have adopted. They were particularly friendly and welcoming to all of us, a bunch of foreigners. They approached us, took pictures, played with us and even performed a small dancing show. What got to me the most was their courage and positivity.
Children of that age haven’t fully developed conscience of their state and most of the times ask for more, or are moody. The kids I met the other day were genuine fighters. Against all odds they were kind-hearted, sweet and kind. It is extremely touching, if one considers how cruel and competitive this world is, that those children who even during their short lives have already faced the challenges of being removed from home often not under the best conditions, struggle with disabilities and special needs and face a number of issues directly affecting their welfare were so open and full of positivity.
I attribute this to the incredible work and devotion the staff has shown over the years. They managed to establish a real home for them, a safe space and managed not only to deal with every case separately, but also create a real sense of belonging. It takes a lot of emotional strength and professionalism to do something so important for a child that doesn’t belong to you because of the responsibility you carry and for that the staff involved at Tianyun Organization deserve a special mention and our encouragement to continue.