Our Story

The Beginning

Back in 2005, founders Chris and Lydia felt an urgent need to help disabled orphans in China. Not long after, they uprooted their family from a comfortable life in America and journeyed to Nanning, Guangxi, China for what should have been only one year. Life was difficult in Nanning and there were many things to get used to, but their family became inspired by how genuine and kind-hearted the orphans were and they slowly became close friends. The year passed and it was time for them to move back to America.

Feeling their work was unfinished and unable to leave their newfound friends behind, they decided to move back to Nanning and continue working with orphans. Their experiences with the disabled orphans taught them that disabled people and orphans had very few opportunities in China, making it difficult for them people to realize their true potential. But their experiences also taught them that the neglected few were among “the most capable,” only needing to be given a chance and to be accepted. Thus, the Silver Lining Foundation was founded.

Our Present


The Silver Lining Foundation began as a tiny little workshop to provide employment opportunities for disabled people. We started with only three people and had no idea what we were doing, but we all shared a common goal. We wanted to help people, not because they were helpless, but because they were capable human beings who just needed someone to believe in them. And with that purpose in mind, we followed our hearts and just kept moving forward.

Today, our tiny little workshop has grown into something we never could have imagined. It’s crazy to think that our efforts have expanded to include: opening up an orphanage, awarding educational sponsorships, providing rehabilitation sponsorships, and creating an emergency medical fund in just a few short years! It has definitely been tough on all of us, but we will continue to do our best to offer love and support to those in need.

Our Future

We do not know where the future will take us, but we look forward to reaching out and helping more people. We feel truly blessed and eternally grateful for all the love and support we have received. Now 30 strong, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to helping people whenever possible. We feel that if there are those in need of help, we will lend a helping hand, with passion and compassion.

“Our love can change their lives.” – Silver Lining