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The Rotary Club of Washington has approved an international project to support the China Little Flower Orphanage in Northern China in the Beijing Region. 


The Club became aware of the needs through the efforts of Rotarian John Tecklenburg. Prior to moving to the Washington Area, John and his family spent five years in China as a part of John’s work for the Alcoa Corporation in China. 


Seeing the need for humanitarian efforts with the people of China, John became aware of the orphanage and volunteered. Upon his return home the effort and support for the orphanage continued with trips back to China to work with the staff and children located there. China Little Flower registered in Nebraska in 1998 as a non-profit organization to provide much needed care for abandoned and orphaned children in China. Its work today is in the Beijing Region where the need for services is great.

The main focus of the organization today is residential care for mentally and physically disabled orphans, including intensive care for infants, medical and surgical care where needed, foster care for children when their health improves, long term care for the severely disabled and hospice care for those who are dying.The mission of China Little Flower also includes other related activities, where possible, assisting children who have lost parents to AIDS and providing a voice for children, who are rejected, abandoned, orphaned and have no voice. Much of the work to support this organization is done through individual volunteers who perform and administer the work in China. Local caregivers provide 24 hour residential support for these children.


The Washington Club will financially support the efforts of China Little Flower to help provide the care for those who are abandoned and need this care. The club’s efforts will be monitored by John and will be updated and reviewed by John as he reports back to the club following his visits to China.


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