In 2004, Gratia and CCHC (Chinese Christian Herald Crusades) jointly launched the China Children Village. Despite the physical distance and cultural differences, the two organizations cooperated well because of the abundant grace of God. We have learnt to overcome difficulties, trust each other and utilize our strengths, as the bible has taught us to help each other as members of one body, that we passed the transition period rapidly to become a team with good rapport.
As it is said in Psalm 133, “How good and pleasant it is, when God's people live together in unity!”
Therefore, Executive Director of CHCC Rev. Pak Cheung Lo refers to Gratia as their precious companion, while CHCC is considered by Gratia as their best partner as well. In retrospect, I have known Rev. Lo and Mr. Yuen Shu Wah since the 70s, and these two old friends, knowing each other for over 30 years, are the ones who brought about the cooperation between the two parties.
In the beginning Gratia helped the children and other groups in need by donation, but the one thing which touched us the most was taking care of the children, as we would like to provide suitable care and help when a child is the most helpless, so that their life would be turned over. Many of us empathize with those children, as we now walk in a healthy way of life with some achievements since we received favors, encouragement and teachings in our childhood.
In 2004, Rev. Lo revealed that CHCC also hoped to help the destitute children in China; so the two organizations, which shared the same vision, started considering a possible way of cooperation. CHCC, founded in the United States over 20 years ago, had a wide range of human connections, talented staff, and extensive experience in management, so they could provide management personnel for the Children Villages; some current Children Village principals came from North America, which is a case in point. Being geographically proximate to China, Gratia was able to supervise the building projects more closely; in addition, Mr. Yuen Shu Wah, founder of Gratia, who had been doing business in China and had a good reputation, was the most suitable person to become the legal person of Children Village, as government officials in China found him trustworthy. So Gratia and CHCC became partners rapidly, laying the foundation of the elements which led to the success of the China Children Village.
It was inevitable to experience difficulties when a new project starts. We are grateful for support and help both local and overseas, colleagues in the front line overcoming difficulties, working diligently, united and without complaint. Soon the Children Village project stepped into their ninth year. Currently the existing three Children Villages provide care for about 300 children. We still hope to put in more effort to walk the extra mile for the children.