Happy Volunteer Week 2017!

Did you know that April 24-28th this year is National Volunteer Week? Today I want to give an enormous shout-out to all the AMAZING volunteers who are the heart and soul of LWB’s work with children. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks for getting to work alongside them to impact the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

If you take nothing else away from this blog, just know that the LWB volunteers are truly extraordinary people, giving their time in a thousand different ways to make sure as many kids as possible get the help they deserve. Read more

An Update on Christine

Back in February we shared the story of a little baby we named Christine, who was found outside on a cold winter day after being born too soon. Thankfully, her orphanage called us right away, and we were able to help with her hospitalization so she could get the emergency medical care she needed.

Christine was struggling to breathe when found, in respiratory distress due to pneumonia. Read more

Safe Haven Foster Care in Cambodia

LWB has provided family care to thousands of orphaned children since we first launched our foster care program in China over a decade ago. When we decided to begin working with orphaned and vulnerable children in Cambodia, we knew that foster care would once again be an essential part of our work. What we didn’t know at the time was that we would be called upon to help some of the most vulnerable children in that country:  those who had been victims of child trafficking and severe abuse.

As this week’s blog series by LWB Board member Bob Spires explained, Cambodia remains a prime source country for the trafficking of children. Many are taken across the border and live through things no child should ever experience. Read more

Human Trafficking: Part Three

This is the third and final blog in our series about human trafficking. As LWB has expanded to Cambodia, we have learned that it is impossible to work there without an understanding of trafficking and how it affects vulnerable children in this region. We are so grateful to our newest board member, Dr. Robert Spires, for sharing his expertise with us.

When I first began to explore the topic of human trafficking, I was overwhelmed. I had a bit of an existential crisis finding out that not only had slavery continued past the 1800s, but it was alive and well. I may have even witnessed it without knowing what I was seeing.


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Human Trafficking: Part Two

As you know, Love Without Boundaries has recently begun working to help vulnerable children in rural Cambodia. Human trafficking, abuse, and child exploitation are issues of grave concern in this area of the world, and so we want to share some thoughts on this issue from our new board member, Dr. Robert Spires.

In Southeast Asia, it is important to clarify who the traffickers really are in this region. That really depends on location and varies greatly. For instance, in Thailand, we see everyone from the Thai and Russian mafia to opportunistic and unscrupulous individuals involved in trafficking. Read more.

Human Trafficking: Part One

Human trafficking, as you might imagine, is a complex topic that crosses many areas of study, including development, economics, politics, sociology, anthropology, criminology and a host of others. For this reason, it is difficult to really call human trafficking a single ‘field of study’. Read more.

Joyful Jordy

Last fall, we were contacted by an orphanage who had just received a baby boy born with the medical need of anal atresia, a congenital birth defect that affects about 1 in every 5,000 births. For many children born with this condition, surgery is needed almost immediately to survive, and it was particularly sad for us to learn that someone in Jordy’s life, perhaps his birthparents, had arranged for him to get the emergency surgery he needed.


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Life in Sokhem Village

Ninety percent of Cambodians living in extreme poverty live in the rural countryside. Some of the poorest villages are located along the border of Thailand, which is where LWB is now working. Children in this region often live in remote villages, with little access to basic social services such as health care or a nearby school.

Last October, we made a commitment to the children of Sokhem Village, many whom are left behind all day while their parents travel to Thailand in search of work. Read more.

The Resilience of Anna

Five-year-old Anna has had a truly difficult year so far.

In early February, she accidentally fell into the cooking fire at home and received very painful burns. Anna was rushed to the hospital where she received medical treatment. Now, she is back in school and is slowly regaining her health and stamina. Our hearts are saddened over what this beautiful child has endured, but Anna showed us all her gentle resilience when she shared the sweetest smile less than a week after her discharge from the hospital. Read more.

How One Photo Introduced Me to LWB — And Four Daughters

My husband, Cameron, and I have seventeen children. Eleven of those kids are adopted from Asia, and four of those eleven grew up in the same orphanage. The journey to those four “Huainan sisters” started with this photo:

Our adoption agency, Madison Adoption Associates, posted this picture advocating for a beautiful girl with an amazing smile. She had recently been adopted, but that adoption was disrupted in-country. Read more.

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