Until recently, the government’s one child policy presents many problems. Male children are traditionally preferred over females. As a result, many female infants are abandoned. But in other cases, sex is not an issue where handicapped babies are concerned. Sadly, these amazing children are considered an embarrassment to their families. Economic hardship and special circumstances give a family no choice but to abandon them.
Eager for these abandoned children to find loving homes, and be provided for with food and adequate medical care, Kenneth Yeung, President of Prince of Peace Enterprises, Inc., set out to gather resources and information on how to help. In 1994, he began to fulfill a long awaited dream in the field of social work. Concurrently with their own adoption experience, he and his wife began to take steps to further the United States involvement in helping these needy children, and POP’s Foundation was born.
The mission of POP’s Foundation is to manage and finance the Prince of Peace Children’s Home in Wuqing, Tianjin, in order to have a warm and harmonious environment for the orphans for growth, and to promote with other organizations that help the adopted children and the needy, in order to develop harmonious societies.
The Prince of Peace Children’s Home is a special place because not of what it does, but it is also a fruit of labor by three separate organizations. The Home was first funded by two international charities, the POP’s Foundation and World Vision International, China. It then formed a joint venture with the Civil Affairs Bureau of Wuqing, Tianjin. After years of exploration and negotiation with the Ministry of Civil Affairs, the project had its ground breaking in May, 2001. The three partners invested more than RMB 6.55 million to construct 49,000 sq. ft. of floor space over a compound of 1.5 acres. The facility can accommodate 120 children and provide rehabilitation services to those with special needs. In October 2003, the Children’s Home began operation and welcomed its first group of babies. The Prince of Peace Children’s Home sets a precedent in China: for the first time, the government has allowed a foreign organization to build, staff, and manage an orphanage.