Guangdong orphanage's misuse covered up with children 'borrowed' from temple

A 17-year-old government-funded orphanage in eastern Guangdong never took in any orphans and was instead used as a local government office and dormitory for officials, Xinhua reported yesterday.

Tuesday, 15 January, 2013, 9:56am 1 comment

Six officials suspended after fatal orphanage fire

A damaged room at a private orphanage after a fire swept through the home for orphans and abandoned children in Lankao, in Henan province on Friday. Seven children died and another was injured.

An official in central China says six county officials have been suspended after a fire at an illegally run orphanage killed six children and one young adult.

The deaths on Friday in Henan province’s Lankao county have spotlighted China’s lack of government-run child services. They are often left to private citizens with few resources and no legal authority

8 Jan 2013 - 1:15pm

Official neglect of orphans a tragedy

Yuan Lihai, the owner of the adoptive family suffering from fire accident. Photo: Xinhua

In November, five boys who were all related and ranged in age from nine to 13, died in a trash bin in Bijie, Guizhou province, after they apparently started a charcoal fire to keep warm and succumbed to carbon-monoxide poisoning.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:20pm 4 comments

Seven children killed in Henan orphanage fire

Yuan Lihai and a girl she adopted. Photo: screenshot from Sina Weibo.

Seven children were killed in a fire at a private orphanage in Henan province on Friday morning, according to reports on several Chinese websites.

14 Jan 2013 - 2:21pm

Photographer Ike Eichensehr brings a little bit of Eden to HK with orphanage fund-raiser

Temperatures soared as models wearing devilish angel-wings welcomed guests to the Angels for Orphans gala dinner and auction on Friday night.

7 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Legalised abduction

About 10 years ago, I was at the US consulate in Guangzhou arranging for a visa when I saw many Americans in the queue holding Chinese babies and doing the same. Some of those babies looked different. I realised later they had some disability or were sickly, and had been abandoned by their Chinese parents. The healthy ones were mainly girls.

14 May 2011 - 12:00am

Few rescued children returned home

China, for the first time, has released information on a group of 60 children rescued from abduction who are seeking their biological parents, but only four have returned home.

9 Dec 2009 - 12:00am

Couples wary of adoption

One of the unexpected ways the nation responded to the earthquake came when couples from across the mainland volunteered to take in children who lost parents in the disaster. But one year on, just 12 orphans have been adopted, and those who remain in the state's care face a difficult life, one made worse by permanent physical injury and emotional scars.

9 May 2009 - 12:00am

Children in orphanage after parents fight

Three children, aged between three and 10, were sent to an orphanage yesterday after their parents were arrested by police over a domestic dispute. Their father, 64, and mother, 44, were fighting about money in the family's home in Yue Shun House, Yue Wan Estate, Chai Wan, at about 7.30pm on Wednesday. A neighbour alerted police.

25 Apr 2008 - 12:00am

Hong Kong Faces

Channing Lee, who witnessed the hardship faced by ordinary Kenyans while undertaking charity work in Nairobi's slums last November, is urging Hongkongers to open up their hearts and contribute to an emergency relief fund to help the violence-plagued African nation

28 Feb 2008 - 12:00am

Aid to struggling children's refuge blocked

A choking stench fills the air of a home for abandoned, disabled children in Jinzhou in Hebei province .

16 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

World Children's Fund contributes to appeal

The World Children's Fund, an international charity group, has given a boost to this year's Operation Santa Claus by donating HK$150,000 to the annual appeal.

This is the group's ninth year of supporting Operation Santa Claus and it expects to extend a helping hand to disadvantaged children in Hong Kong through the annual charity drive.

14 Dec 2007 - 12:00am

Abandoned children fill Taiwan welfare centres

One stormy night last year, a villager in the central county of Taichung found a seven-month-old baby abandoned in a hut.

The villager told police about the crying boy, and the infant was later handed over to a child welfare centre.

The boy, named Hao Hao by staff, has a serious respiratory problem, which was apparently why he was abandoned.

24 Sep 2007 - 12:00am

HKBU students reach out

Students from Hong Kong Baptist University visited orphans suffering from Aids and other underprivileged children in Cambodia last month.

5 Jul 2007 - 12:00am

Fund-raising dinner for orphans

If you can only go out for one dinner this week, make it Angels For Orphans' three-course fund-raiser for the Sunrise Children's Village in Cambodia, tomorrow at Post 97.

Founded by Australian Geraldine Cox, her Phnom Penh orphanage has been taking in homeless children since 1993 and she's now surrogate mother to more than 60 kids, all with heartbreakingly tragic stories.

4 Jul 2007 - 12:00am