The Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF) is a registered non-profit in China that helps children with disabilities live a richer life. This is the story of the journey between MCF founder Helen Boyle and Hu Yi Fan, a boy with Celebral Palsy.
“I remember the first time I saw Hu Yi Fan. It was at school. He was carried by his mum into the classroom. He was held up, standing continuously, looking at me. I was trying to make him smile and getting him to react, not knowing what he was suffering from. It was only when his mum called and told me he was disabled that I understood.
The following week I brought some toys, a pushchair and a wheelchair to the school. When he saw me he smiled. That was incredible.
When I go to hospital for his therapy he recognizes me now. He wants to hold my hand and walk. The video we took with my phone shows his lively happy spirit.
“We are nothing without the help and support of volunteers and partners, and we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute in anyway they can.”
We started working with Beijing United Hospital and Beijing United Foundation, when we helped another child, Tao Song, who was suffering from a heart problem, through our health checks that we do for the kids. Tao had two heart operations sponsored by the Foundation and now is back to normal.
The problem with migrant parents having a disabled child is that they have no knowledge or information how to deal with the situation and what they can do to improve the life of their child. At the hospital, the therapist shows the parents what exercises they can do to help their child and to stimulate the muscles movements that they were not aware of.
The main problem is not the number of people MCF want to help, but having the knowledge or understanding of how to help where it’s needed the most.
We are nothing without the help and support of volunteers and partners, and we welcome anyone who wishes to contribute in anyway they can.”
Helen Boyle was in conversation with Daragh Moller. You can visit MCF online at www.mcfchina.org
Helen Boyle is the Founder of Migrant Children’s Foundation (MCF), a non-profit registered charity that enriches the lives of disadvantaged children in China through volunteering.
Daragh Moller is a teacher. He has had a career in journalism, the voluntary sector, the Internet, education and creative writing. He is from Ireland and lives in west Beijing.
Photos and video courtesy of MCF