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All Family Here (3)

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)

So the couple headed for Lang Fang, southeast of the capital, where they could buy a bigger house, then took in two orphans from the same facility where they found David. They bounced to a second house, then a third and fourth as the number of kids - and a school - grew under their roof.

But their hearts and ideas were bigger, and so Guillaume went looking for land. And despite having no business management training - "I think some people just have this ability naturally" - he went into high gear for fund-raising.

Today, the seven-house Bethel compound sits on 7 green hectares in semi-rural Doudian, about an hour southeast of central Beijing. "We always had a dream to have a facility that was ecologically based," he says, waving at the two main fields of a farm that now supplies the kitchen pantry and provides income through produce sales. There are about 200 chickens ("we're selling eggs"), goats ("they're pretty useless we haven't developed the facilities you need to make cheese properly") and a series of garden-therapy plots ("we do the square-foot gardening to give kids that hands-on experience").

Making life real for the kids is always Job One.

"Blind kids who are mentally normal can become abnormal, even autistic, because they are shunned or treated as mentally deficient," says Guillaume. Avoiding that tragedy is top priority at Bethel, but the mission for those blind youngsters is life-long.

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