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Published on July 31st, 2011 | by Paz


Orphanage in China

Last week I was privileged to go and visit an orphanage in China. I clearly remember the 20/20 special about Romania and their orphanages that struck the hearts of many. I believe I was only 12 years old when I saw it and I bet lots of parents would have disagreed with mine letting me watch it. I am grateful that they did. It was good for me to know that there were children all over the world much less fortunate than I. No matter how mad I could get for not being allowed to be on the phone past 9 pm; I had food, a bed, and more importantly love. Thank you mom!

A friend of mine mentioned that she used to volunteer at an orphanage near Guangzhou every week and wondered if I would like to join her to visit one afternoon. She had shown me pictures of past visits and which children were her favorite.

The Orphanage:

It is a government run orphanage in China and is about one hour outside of Guangzhou. They specialize in taking children with down syndrome and severe mental and physical disabilities. I was very eager to visit and meet the children.

I didn’t know what to really expect and was a bit nervous. After our 4 hour visit, I was sad to leave. They are all such amazing children.

The children were so happy to see my friend and me (their new friend).

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Here are some of their smiling faces.

The majority of the children have severe down syndrome, paralysis, or are blind. There was actually a baby that was just adopted from the orphanage from an American family a few weeks before. I have to say one of my proudest “American” feelings ever.

There is a doctor there everyday and several nurses to help take care of the children. As you can imagine it is a huge responsibility that should never be considered an easy task.

Orphanage in China

Meet my friend!

I don’t know his name, but we are buds. Some of the children have a cloth tied around their waists and then tied to a window so that they don’t get too far from their beds.  Think of it as an old day play pen. He is pretty big and can easily scale his crib. He can’t really talk, but he sure enjoyed a good giggle when I tickled him. 🙂 He has the best smile.

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She is smiling from ear to ear. Meet one of the girls who is severely paralyze  and I believe has a mental disability as well.

The children were in very good spirits and the joy they have is amazing. We saw many boxes of milk and bags of rice. They had plenty of yummy food. We were there in time for meal time.

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Here is one of our friends enjoying their dinner.

Orphanage in China

All of the children can eat by themselves, but she wanted me to feed her. I went into “mom” mode and was asking her to sit still while I feed her. Similar to what our own dinner table looks like sometimes. Kids will be kids!

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I got a picture and a smile!

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Were some of the rooms a bit smelly…yes. When we entered the teenage boys room it smelled a bit. Could things have been cleaner…yes. Did I have to wash my hands as I left…yes. Could I take better care of all of these children…I don’t know. I was not there to judge. I was there to be a friend.

There was one teenage blind boy you gave us phone numbers to call for him. My friend gave him her phone and we called all of the numbers until someone answered. We don’t know what his story is, but he was happy to talk, and my friend sent the woman the address to the orphanage per her request. She was very surprised to learn that foreigners were there visiting.

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Here is Sam who is very smart and speaks a little English. He has problems with his legs. He is such an awesome kid!

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How can you not love that smile!!!

These kids don’t want money or diamonds they want your time. They actually get a lot of visitors on the weekends which made me very happy to hear.  The kids love having visitors and meeting new people. If you ever get a chance to volunteer at an orphanage in China, please do so!

These children are amazing!! I hope to take Lupita there in a few weeks. So grateful to have this experience and for them to let me in their home.

God Bless!



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Paz is an avid adventurer in life and food. Traveling across the globe with her family they enjoy cultural immersion and checking out the local eateries.

21 Responses to Orphanage in China

  1. Anita says:

    I’ve been following your blog and love hearing about your experiences in China. I liked hearing about the orphanage, since I’ve always imagined very poor conditions there.

    • Paz says:

      Anita-thanks for following our blog. The orphanage was a great experience especially since it gives you perspective. The conditions were not as bad as I expected considering I didn’t know what to expect. It was a great time and I hope to go back soon.

  2. Jamie Martin says:

    Oh Paz! How wonderful! I was a special education teacher for many years and loved every minute of it. Sounds like a wonderful experience. I am sure you added great joy to the children’s lives. I love reading your blog!

    • Paz says:

      Jamie- I can’t imagine being a special education teacher. You must have lots of patience. I believe there are only very special people in this world that can do that job. I am glad to know one of them reads my blog!!! It was an awesome experience and I hope to go back and give as much as I can. I have to say just like anytime you “give” you end up feeling like you have recieved more than you have given. 🙂

  3. Sara says:

    Did the visit make you sad? I’m afraif I would cry if I would visit an orphanage. But at the same time it would be an important experience like you said, to remind us to be happy what we have and at the same time visit the kids and give them a fun time with you. It must be very exciting for them to have foreign friends come just to see them 🙂 They look like lovely kids!

    • Paz says:

      I thought it would make me sad too. You have to remember that these children (or anyone for that matter) don’t want you to feel sad for them. They want you to love them and rejoice in the life they have. That is what I thought about. They don’t want my pitty…they want my attention and love. I had such a great time. I hope to go back shortly. If you get the chance to volunteer it is an amazing experience.

  4. Jane says:

    We’re looking for volunteer opportunities in local orphanage for 3 -4 weeks while we tour southern China in Feb-Mar 2012. We are retired USA teachers. Can you tell me how you got permission to go into an orphange? Did you make prior arrangements? Thanks for any help you can give us.

    • Paz says:

      Jane, I had a friend who use to visit the orphanage weekly before moving. We didn’t have to tell them in advance that we were going to go visit. We just showed up. While I was trying to take pictures some of the work staff told me that I couldn’t while others said nothing and encouraged the kids to smile. If you are interested in volunteering at the orphanage that I visited please let me know and I can get you the address and contact information. What a great thing that you are doing!! I know that you will be filled by the love that the kids show you. One thing I might mention is to remember you are in their territory. There are many Chinese customs that westerners don’t understand or never will. For example you would not want to buy or give the children ice cream…because in it is cold and eating anything cold is essentially bad for your body and it could upset some people. I would love to hear more about your adventure!
      Take Care,

  5. carmen says:

    hello, i am going to guangzhou in january and really want to volunteer at an orphanage but I can’t find any…. can you please give me address for this one? thanks!

  6. i need a baby from orphanage from china nd also to adopt a baby from there .any help? says:

    is there any contact ?

    • Paz says:

      I am working on getting a contact for everyone. I know they would love to get some wonderful visitors. Thank you everyone for being such great people!!

      • Sarah says:

        Hi Paz, this sounds great. Do you happen to have a contact for this or other orphanages now? I live in Guangzhou and have been able to find no orphanage contact details whatsoever!


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  8. Anglea says:

    My daughter has a non-profit organisation. She would like to send some Christmas presents to the children in that orhanage. Can I have the contact information?

    • Paz Chentnik says:


      Thank you for your generosity! I am going to put you in contact with my contact for the orphanage. Her name is Julie and she is Brazilian, her English is very good. 🙂 You can contact her and let her know that Paz gave you her e-mail. Thanks!

  9. Sally Nip says:

    Hi Paz,

    I read your blog and I am interested in what you are writing. I will go to China near the Guangzhou area and would like to know more about volunteering there. How can I help?


  10. Fang says:

    May i have the orphanage address in guangzhou?

  11. Courtney says:

    Great post! I also live in Guangzhou, I have been looking for a place to volunteer and would love if you could pass on the contact details for this orphanage. Thanks!
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    • Paz says:


      Oh how fun that you live in Guangzhou! I hope you are enjoying yourself. I have asked them to send me there contact information a couple times and never gotten any reply. I have a lot of people….including myself that would like to send donations on a regular basis but don’t have an address. I will continue to ask and look online.

  12. Leung says:

    We will be in Guangzhou from the 8th to 11th March, 2015. Can we visit your home?


    Leung & Family from Malaysia

  13. sophia says:

    I am a teacher in a vocational school in singapore. My students and me hope to visit an orphanage in guangzhou ij june 2016. Can you help link us to the orphanage you volunteer at?


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