Philip Hayden Foundation

From the Heart

In 2008, the United Nations designated August 19th as World Humanitarian Day. This day brings together partners from across the humanitarian system to advocate for the survival, well-being, and dignity of people affected by crises.

This year, Philip Hayden Foundation will celebrate World Humanitarian Day in China by donating formula and diapers to a needy orphanage in China. Rising costs have depleted their resources for basic supplies…and you can help.

The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest of intention

Oscar Wilde

We have collaborated with Madison Adoption Associates (MAA) for several years. Even with adoptions currently being suspended, MAA still works hard to identify needs of children in orphanages.  While the needs are varied from location to location, one need is consistent across the board – diapers and formula.  China has periodically quarantined regions to prevent the spread of Covid, but that has disrupted both manufacturing and the transportation of supplies – including formula and diapers. The costs are rising, but the reimbursement rate for each child is not.

Your Opportunity to Make an Impact

chinese baby with bottle demonstrates need for formula

Inflation here in the US has impacted our daily life. You have felt the impact whether you have recently purchased groceries or gas. Even so, your small act of kindness through a donation of any size makes a difference. Isolation has impacted us all, and the staff at MAA – both in the States and in China – are encouraged by your donations, by someone noticing and caring. The orphans and the orphanages will be blessed by your action, and so will you.

For this campaign, we’d like to encourage an outpouring of small gifts. In rural China, many families exist on $2.30 per day. Could you join us by donating $10 today? Your donation will make an impact on World Humanitarian Day, please donate today!

Why is Vocational Training Important?

Have you ever wondered why Philip Hayden Foundation has vocational training for individuals with disabilities, particularly orphans reaching adulthood, as one of its core programs? Consider these recent statistics as reported by China.

  • 98% of orphans in China have disabilities
  • 30 million Chinese citizens of employment age have disabilities
  • Only 8.6 million workers with disabilities are registered to work. Not all of those are employed.
  • Companies in China with more than 20 employees must hire persons with disabilities. But the current requirement is 1.5% of the total number employed should be persons with disabilities, so as a practical matter, some companies may not have any employees with disabilities.

There are several reasons why the employment rate is so low: accessibility, training, location, and traditional perceptions about people with disabilities. China has pledged to increase the number of jobs for those with disabilities by 500,000 by 2025. They have also committed to improving education, and a university in Qingdao, Shandong province, recently opened to focus on rehabilitating disabled people.

While China addresses these infrastructure issues, Philip Hayden Foundation can impact training by helping more people with disabilities be ready for employment. Many companies face accessibility and training issues beyond the cultural barriers. But if a person with disabilities has already been trained to complete a job, at least one barrier is removed.

Long Term Flourishing

Wendy in her wheelchair travels a city street independently

Part of long-term flourishing as a person is establishing independence and a sense of accomplishment. These are the explicit and implicit goals of vocational training.

In China, a person with disabilities must hold a disabled person’s ID and be registered as eligible to work.  Wendy, one of our Shepherd’s Field alumna, accomplished this step through her own initiative. Wendy has limited mobility and uses a wheelchair. But while accessibility is improving, many locations and businesses are closed to her. But that did not stop her.

Wendy returned to her home province to obtain her disabled person’s ID, handling all the logistics herself and traveling solo.  (See our October 2020 issue of Heartbeat). PHF continues to help Wendy explore opportunities for employment that are personally satisfying to her. She has worked in office environments but is interested in a more creative job. Our vocational outreach is designed to help Wendy and others like her flourish.

Providing Hope for YiMan

YiMan was born to loving parents eight years ago.

His birth brought joy and hope to the whole family,” his mama remembers. “I thought about what he would look like in the future: he would be excellent or ordinary, but I didn’t expect him to be an autistic child. It was a heavy blow to my family and me.”

YiMan on his bicycle in his village

As little YiMan grew up, his mama learned what she could about Autism from books, videos, and his teachers. But “the difference [between him and the other kids] was getting bigger and bigger. We also thought about sending him to a therapy institution, but we gave up since the cost was not affordable for us.” To make things worse, the closest therapy center was far away from their home.

Last summer, a new therapy center finally opened in their county. They enrolled YiMan immediately. Even after just a few months, “[YiMan] changed significantly in all aspects, and everything was developing in a better and better direction!

But for all their determination, life was still not easy. The cost of the child’s therapy is almost the entire family income.” They did what they could to save and borrow from anyone that would help them. But money was running out. The thought of taking YiMan out of therapy was devastating to his parents.

They continued to work hard. “To prevent YiMan from being left behind, we relied on growing crops for a living and planted several acres of citrus around the house… We thought it would be sold for a good price. Who knew that due to the pandemic, the economy would deteriorate, and citrus sales would also be affected. The income from a hard-working year could still not cover the cost of YiMan’s therapy.

Therapy Provides Hope

In their hopelessness, YiMan’s mama heard about Hope Station for the first time.  “When the [Hope Station] staff contacted me, I really felt that I saw the hope. It made us more confident.” They signed up for Hope Station’s Family Strengthening Program and started receiving support services right away!

The cost of the child’s therapy is almost the entire family income

YiMan’s therapy fees are fully covered, thanks to Philip Hayden Foundation donors. His family can send their son to therapy with the confidence that he will continue to learn and grow month after month. 

When I’m alone, I always wonder what kind of people you are to be willing to help us strangers, just because of the love in your heart. I’m really touched… I will never fail to live up to your love, and I will do my best to help my YiMan get better and better.

A Fresh Look for PHF

We are excited to announce that work is underway on a fresh look for our website! The updated website will appear in September, be tailored for mobile use, and meet all recommended accessibility guidelines. Another feature will be the ability to accept Venmo, Apple Pay, or Google Pay when you make a donation from your mobile phone. 

new website page with image of Chinese boy with Down Syndrome

The new layout will showcase the stories of children whose lives have been transformed. It will be even easier for you to share stories of kids still needing support to survive and thrive with your friends and family. 


From the Heart

Summertime! Hot days and nights. How do you get relief from the heat? Shade from a leafy tree, cool drinks, fans, air conditioning, or water play? The kids and adults alike at Shepherd’s Field loved playing with water – tiny wading pools and water fights. The brief respite was energizing and encouraging. We all need a little break sometimes.

But people with disabilities do not always get a respite. July is disability awareness month. A disability is a physical or mental condition that limits a person’s movements, senses, or activities. Are you aware of those around you with disabilities?

Invisible Disabilities

Some disabilities are obvious – like limb differences and cerebral palsy. But others are nearly invisible, like hearing loss, impaired vision, autism, and seizures. Your donations to The Philip Hayden Foundation have provided hope for kids with invisible disabilities in China and will soon offer the same respite and hope to kids in Mexico.

graham wearing external hearing device on headband while working on wood puzzle

Graham has profound hearing loss. He lived in a silent world, unable to make his needs and wants to be known. His hearing loss impacted his verbal skills; how can you learn to speak if you cannot hear? Your donations provided an external hearing device and therapy to connect Graham with his world.

JiaYi has poor vision and struggles in school. Her impaired vision makes every task challenging, but her family could not afford medicine and therapy to improve her daily life. Your donations to PHF provided medication and treatment for JiaYi, and now she has hope for the future.

Autism, an invisible disability

Autism affects many children, and researchers are still unsure why the number of children affected by the disorder is rapidly growing worldwide. A spectrum disorder with varying severity, autism symptoms range from mild to debilitating. Learning is different for kids with autism but not impossible. Your donations fund teachers in a Montessori classroom in rural China, which changes the lives of kids with autism and other learning disabilities.

profile of Annie as she happily anticipates her future

And finally, seizure disorders are invisible disabilities. Here in the United States, seizures are often diagnosed and treated with medication. An episode can range from a mild absence seizure to a grand mal seizure. Seizure disorders affect learning and memory, and sometimes the side effects of the medications can be debilitating as well. Annie has a seizure disorder, and your donations provided her with medical treatment and vocational training. Annie is now living independently, thanks to you.

Philip Hayden Foundation continues to be committed to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children, particularly those with disabilities. With your help, PHF will continue to improve the lives of children for the next 25 years.

Splashing the Heat Away – by Ally Jarvis

Summertime in Langfang is hot and muggy. The heat zaps the energy of kids and adults – and nearly everyone is cranky. Enter water play. A perfect way to cool down beat the heat, and brighten attitudes.

Therapy…In the Pools

There are no rules that require therapy to happen indoors, so on hot days, the PHF Therapy team would have therapy sessions outside…in the pool. This was a brand-new experience for Corey. Corey joined in on a therapy pool day during his first week at Shepherd’s Field. He was still a little nervous about this new journey, but once he sat on the slide that was far too small for him, his face lit up, and we all got a glimpse of Corey’s true spirit.

Unlike Corey, our typically smiley Simeon had a rocky relationship with pool days. He adamantly did not enjoy Aubrey – or anyone else – splashing around in the therapy pool. If a therapist sat with him on our lap, blocking all incoming water, he could enjoy playing with the floating cups.

Everyone knew to stay away from Jason once he got in the pool.  He always seemed to find a bucket to fill with water. Jason’s first target was usually Naomi, the Therapy Department leader, but they always seemed to team up in the end. At the end of each therapy pool day, one staff member was always unwillingly tossed in the pool; I was chosen on more than one occasion! The ayi’s tossed me in while the kids laughed and cheered. Therapy can be fun!

Children’s Day Celebrated with a Water Fight

June 1 is Children’s Day and would always be marked by the first major water fight of the season. It was the biggest water fight I have ever seen! It always started with testing out which pools hadn’t been popped in previous years! Our staff, visitors, and kids were equipped with water guns, buckets, and cups. Any vessel that would hold water was used as a weapon. We scattered buckets of water throughout the area for refilling on the go.

The kids didn’t hold back, so everyone was soaked head to toe. Someone gave Charissa the hose, and I was her first target, even though I was already drenched because Luke had just thrown a bucket of water on me.

I wasn’t the only one that was victim to the kids’ motivation; Lily was chased around by the boys and hid behind whoever was closest. Lily still got wet – but so did her living shield! These pool days and water fights always brought so much joy.  I’m not sure how they managed it, but our fantastic ayi’s always managed to get the kids into dry clothes!

Spotlight on Healing Homes in China

Philip Hayden Foundation is committed to providing medical care for vulnerable children. In some cases, we partner with existing charities, such as this Healing Home. Your donations to our medical fund are providing medication and care for these children.

Meet Galvis, a fireball on wheels. Galvis was born with spina bifida, but not much slows him down. He’s already practicing for the paralympics, challenging the other children riding bicycles. He raced them in his wheelchair, and he even used his chair to help push his friends in their toy car!

Your medical donations fund care and therapy for Galvis, giving him even more reason to grin.

A Fresh Look for PHF

We are excited to announce that work is underway on a fresh look for our website! The updated website will appear in September, be tailored for mobile use, and meet all recommended accessibility guidelines. Another feature will be the ability to accept Venmo, Apple Pay, or Google Pay when you make a donation from your mobile phone. 

The new layout will showcase the stories of children whose lives have been transformed. It will be even easier for you to share stories of kids still needing support to survive and thrive with your friends and family.