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All Family Here (2)

By Mike Peters (China Daily)

10:57, November 20, 2011

Sam, a Bethel resident, learns about harvesting vegetables at Bethel's farm. (Photo/China Daily)

Gauvain and his wife, Delphine, founded this orphanage for blind kids eight years ago, in an organic process that continues today.

He left France at 19 to study in the US, where he met his wife-to-be. They moved to Canada, working in a social program for drug addicts and prisoners.

Then they met someone who was working in China and thought, "that could be the next step". They started studying Chinese - simple, practical conversations out of books - sold what they had, and headed to Beijing.

"We lived on my earnings as a jazz piano teacher for the first one-and-a-half years," he says. The couple was also volunteering at a foster care facility, and there they met David, an 8-month-old baby born with a cleft palate.

Their personal odyssey in China was about to take shape.

"After adopting David, we thought, 'If it's in our means to help more than one child, why stop there?" he says.

Young David, now 9, is not blind, but Guillaume and Delphine discovered after some research that blind orphans as a group were not well-served in China. There were groups and institutions that helped special-needs kids, he says, but they didn't focus on specific disabilities.

"We thought blindness was a situation we could learn about, and that it was within our ability to care for," he says.

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