Joyce HILL

Medical doctor

About This Project

In 1994, my husband Robin, our two youngest children and I, were sent to China by the Swedish engineering company that my husband worked for.

 

While in Beijing, we were invited to visit a local Children’s Welfare Institute (CWI) near Beijing. That visit completely changed our lives. As a medical doctor, I wanted to use my medical skills to help babies born with birth defects. My husband agreed to resign from the company and we built a home in a small Chinese village in the outskirts of Beijing where we would live and I could care for such babies to enable them to be “more adoptable”. We went back to the same CWI in 2000 and were given our first foster child. We arranged for her surgery and we adopted her when she was 18 months old. We founded a charitable organisation we called New Hope Foundation.

 

In 2009, I was appointed a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and in 2010 AusAid gave us a very generous donation towards the expansion of our care centre in Jiaozuo. In 2011, we were one of the few foreign organisations to be registered by the Ministry of Civil Affairs in Beijing.

 

We have cared for over 2500 babies and now have six care centres in China with a total bed capacity of 282. We also offer palliative care for babies who are unlikely to survive. To date, 684 children have been healed and adopted.

 

We also employ 450 people to care for the babies. This includes doctors, nurses, nannies, cleaners, cooks and drivers.

 

Joyce Hill is Founder of New Hope Foundation, Beijing.

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