Project 20: Hope for China

There are an estimated 145 million orphans in our world.  Nearly 3/5 of those orphans live in Asia. Sixty percent of the children in Chinese orphanages are children with special needs. Carin Vogelzang, founder of Margaret’s Hope Chest, is on a journey to adopt one of these Asian orphans. We are working with Carin once again to spread HOPE. As you recall, way back in Project 5 we collected handmade quilts for children in Grand Rapids, Michigan with Margaret’s Hope Chest.

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Carin is embracing her own journey right now to adopt a sweet daughter from China.

Here’s her story:

Our eyes have been opened to needs of orphans worldwide.  We are excited that Craft Hope volunteers will be using their resources and time to brighten and soften the lives of 100’s of these orphans.

The first book I read after my husband and I made a commitment to adopt our daughter was ‘The House of Hope’.  As I raced through the pages I learned about the work of Robin and Joyce Hill.  Through this couple’s tireless efforts, the lives of 1000’s of babies with special medical needs in China have been saved.  As you could imagine, it takes an army of volunteers and donations to keep these babies fed, dry and most of all, healthy.  We can help by making cloth baby bibs that will be distributed among the orphange’s run by the New Hope Foundation.

It’s time to pull out your favorite cloth bib pattern or we have provided a link to 52 free tutorials for cloth bibs.  Bibs can be any size (ages 0-7), color or design.  The only restrictions are NO LAMINATE FABRIC and no embellishments like buttons.

As soon as we saw a picture our daughter in July of 2012, worry began to mount. Was she healthy? Was she being well cared for? Was anyone loving her?  Our questions were answered when we found out that an organization called International China Concern was working in our daughter’s orphanage-providing care for the children with special needs including our daughter!   Actually, ICC saved our daughter’s life—a truly heartbreaking and HOPE-filled story.

Part two of Project 20 is making cloth diapers or ‘nappies’ for the babies in the ICC program in Hengyang City.  Our family will have the pleasure of hand delivering these nappies this summer when we pick up our daughter!  Updated 2/19/2013

This project is two fold—choose one project or both!

Both the bibs and diapers can be sent to the following address:

Craft Hope

c/o Carin Vogelzang
630 Griswold SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49507


Deadline for the project is April 1st. Don’t know how to make a bib? Click here to find tutorials.  Readmore about Carin’s family’s journey to adopt sweet Tulip and see how ICC saved Tulip’s life.

Please join us for Project 20 :: Hope for China. Leave a comment on this post to join us and start crafting.

Happy Chinese New Year!

{ A huge thank you to Jhoanna Aranez for the photos!! She is an incredible illustrator, designer in the Craft Hope book, and currently resides in Hong Kong.


Update 2/19/2013: Due to pattern problems we will only be collecting BIBS!