Focus:International China Concern
International China Concern is a Christian development organization bringing love, hope and opportunity to China’s abandoned and disabled. Founded in 1993 by David Gotts, International China Concern exists to help the disadvantaged live life to the full and to their God-given potential.
Although China is experiencing rapid economic growth there remains a deficit in social welfare for the disadvantaged, especially the disabled. Hundreds of thousands of babies and children continue to be abandoned each year. Training for Chinese nationals working in social welfare is limited and many have little or no understanding of how to care for those with special needs. Support services for families with special needs children are limited and in most areas, do not exist. Many families simply cannot afford to pay for surgery and hospital care upfront forcing them to make heartbreaking choices.
Since 1993, International China Concern has partnered with the Chinese government to develop social welfare for the abandoned and disabled. Their reputation and relationships in China place them in an excellent position to not only provide services and homes for life but also empower and train Chinese nationals to see lives saved, families supported, communities transformed and attitudes changed. Worldwide offices in seven countries raise finance and awareness, provide resources, and recruit prayer partners, sponsors and volunteers with a heart to serve in China.
We’ve all paid fees to banks, but sometimes banks are the ones paying the fees. I do not accept speaking fees from FDIC-insured banks, but those fees have been put to good use supporting the efforts of the ICC. So far, fees from banks and other speech sponsors have supplied $125,000 for nutrition and therapy for the kids at the Hengyang Child Welfare Center. I have raised another $140,000 to build two playgrounds. The first one (pictured below) is near completion.