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ten-year-old boy with TCS with his mama. the boy is wearing an external hearing device and has facial abnormalities.

Introducing Matias

Introducing Matias! Matias and his mom live in Yucatán, Mexico. This young boy has Treacher Collins Syndrome (TCS) and needs your help. So, what is TCS? A genetic mutation causes this disorder, affecting how the bones of the face grow and develop. Bone abnormalities affect more than facial appearance; they can affect hearing, vision, eating, […]

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Strong Emotions Are Complicated for Children, Especially Orphans. Healthy Strategies Can Help.

May is Mental Health Month, and challenging life experiences (trauma) can be part of lifelong mental health issues. Individual responses to trauma can vary from person to person. For young children, the typical response is feeling too much (overwhelmed) or too little (numbed). Strong emotions like anger, anxiety, sadness, and shame are complicated for children […]

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Congenital Bone and Joint Disorders

This month we’re focusing on joint and bone disorders – two of the most common disabilities we see at Shepherd’s Field. And the two most common ailments? Arthrogryposis and clubfoot. Arthrogryposis – Arthrogryposis (arth-ro-grip-OH-sis), also called arthrogryposis multiplex congenita (AMC), is a term used to describe a variety of conditions involving multiple joint contractures (or […]

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Cerebral Palsy Awareness Month

March is Cerebral Palsy (CP) Awareness Month – but what is CP? How does it affect the quality of life and one’s lifespan? Cerebral palsy is a neurological (brain) condition that affects body movement or muscle control. CP occurs when the brain develops abnormally, or there’s damage to the brain before, during, or after birth. […]

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600 Bananas…and a Whole Lot of Hope

Tim and Pam Baker are now living in Yucatán, Mexico. Just outside bigger cities are areas of extreme poverty, where families struggle to survive. In July, Tim met Dr. Eder Abreu, a physician with a heart for providing medical care to those who cannot afford to visit a doctor. Through his nonprofit, Red de Ciudadanos […]

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Clean Clothes and Happy Hearts

If a Mama in a single-family household feels like she is drowning in laundry, imagine the laundry required for more than 50 children! More than 25 years ago, one of the first donations by the Philip Hayden Foundation was a pair of washing machines for an orphanage. And PHF recently heard of an orphanage needing […]

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young woman with facial scarring from burns

Trudy Finds Her First Job With Encouragement from PHF

Trudy lived at Shepherd’s Field off and on during her teen years while undergoing plastic surgery to treat burns on her face and hands. She was not an orphan but still needed medical care and vocational training. Philip Hayden Foundation became extended family to Trudy, offering support and encouragement when she began to look for […]

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Young Chefs With Disabilities Experience Success in Making Pizza

Pizza parties are always fun – whether in the United States or China, especially when you are six years old and can make your own pizza! Beyond fun, creating your own pizza can also be therapy. In fact, it can inspire hope – a glimpse of ability instead of disability. Four families from different towns […]

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young woman with facial scarring from burns

Encouragement During Her First Job Search Leads to Success for Trudy

Trudy lived at Shepherd’s Field off and on during her teen years while undergoing plastic surgery to treat burns on her face and hands. She was not an orphan but still needed medical care and vocational training. Philip Hayden Foundation became extended family to Trudy, offering support and encouragement when she began to look for […]

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Unexpected Love Brings Overflowing Joy and Laughter

A month hadn’t passed in my new role as the Lead Therapist at Shepherd’s Field Children’s Village (SFCV) when I picked up this tiny, very fragile baby girl. From that moment, I knew our lives were changed forever. I immediately went to Tim Baker to discuss how and where to begin the adoption process – […]

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Tim and Pam Baker Reflect on 25 years of Philip Hayden Foundation in China

This year marks the 25th Anniversary of the Philip Hayden Foundation’s work in China. In our very humble beginnings in 1995, our team was made up of my wife Pam, our four daughters – Bekka, Sarah, Rachel, and Esther – and me. We began with family projects at local government orphanages, primarily by purchasing things […]

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All Boys All the Time in This Preschool Class

This particular preschool class was all boys all the time – full of energy and fun! Their teacher, Carm, noticed and celebrated the quirks that make each child unique and valued. These boys were seen, known, and loved at Philip Hayden Foundation. Each boy began to trust adults and thrive in our safe, secure environment. […]

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2022 August Heartbeat

Make an impact on World Humanitarian Day with PHF! PHF provides humanitarian aid, vocational training, and therapy in China.

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three year old chinese boy and his therapist smile at the camera

2022 May Heartbeat

This month PHF is sharing inspiring stories of hope through medical care or therapy in China and in Mexico.

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2022 January Heartbeat

PHF has completed 26 years of helping orphans in China. In 2022, vulnerable children in rural China still need our support.

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Brody enjoys a nutritious meal. Help kids like Brody on Giving Tuesday

2021 November Heartbeat

November is a month to recognize and express gratitude, especially for ordinary things. Share your gratitude on Giving Tuesday.

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Remembering Chinese New Year 2020

Chinese New Year was a joyous celebration on our 7Acres Campus, as the Rat appeared. The older teens, Trudy and Sunny, made a delectable feast of Chinese treats for the staff, volunteers, and others who stayed on campus during the holiday. Earlier in the day, Maggie (Tian Xin Xin) and two nannies made jiaozi (handmade […]

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Civil Affairs tours 7Acres Campus

2020 July Heartbeat

Civil Affairs officials visit 7Acres, but Covid-19 delays arrival of new residents. Brody needs a forever family. Adoption rules in China change to allow adoption to age 18.

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2020 MARCH Heartbeat

7Acres Welcomes Year of the Rat Chinese New Year was a joyous celebration on our 7Acres Campus, as the Rat made its appearance. The older teens, Trudy and Sunny made a delectable feast of Chinese treats for the staff, volunteers and others who stayed on campus during the holiday. Earlier in the day, Maggie (Tian […]

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