Brrrrr! Chinese winters can be bitterly cold, especially in the northern province of Gansu. Last month, our foster care manager delivered new winter coats and hats to children in our foster care program in Lanzhou, and big sister Lilah convinced her little friend Maiana to bundle up. Read more.
Both November and National Adoption Month are now over and the crazy month of December has arrived. But the end of 2016 makes us even more determined to feature some beautiful waiting girls in our programs in the hope that their forever families see their photos and fall head over heels in love!
Niamh, 11 years old (Dingyuan foster care) — $10,000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow grant available
Yesterday was #GivingTuesday, and we at LWB decided that our focus for this day of giving back was going to be focused on one little baby in a children’s hospital in Shanghai.
While many of us on the western side of the world are shopping for presents, putting up Christmas trees, and hanging our holiday lights, baby Mateo, an orphaned boy from southern China, is undergoing dialysis up to 11 times each day. His kidneys are failing, and doctors are working to prevent complete kidney failure as the family who has chosen him for adoption works frantically to expedite the permissions they need to bring him home. Read more.
Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller
Construction of our newest Believe in Me School at Sokhem village, Cambodia is in progress. This project is truly a team effort – from our sponsors supporting the project to the children who will be attending school!
Last week, the truck bringing rocks for the floor of the school couldn’t reach the construction site due to rain and mud, so the rocks had to be dumped about 20 minutes from the school’s location. The children didn’t want their new school to be delayed, so they decided to bring the rocks to the school themselves. Read more.
Being orphaned and a boy is one of the most difficult special needs of all. Approximately 3 out of 4 children in China waiting for families are boys. For this reason, we wanted to feature some of the wonderful boys from our programs who are waiting to be matched with families. Read more.
This fall, we opened our Believe in Me Rangsei school in rural Cambodia. Some kids in Rangsei attend public school which is 7-10 km away from the village.To help the kids get to school on their own, LWB purchased six new bikes.
While the new Believe in Me Rangsei School is primarily for the children in the village in grades kindergarten to second grade, we also want to help the older students who are now old enough to make the long journey to government school each day. Read more.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind Love Without Boundaries? Our new book, The Heart of an Orphan, tells the story of how one tiny baby in China born with heart disease inspired a movement which became Love Without Boundaries.
In this book, founder and CEO Amy Eldridge offers her personal insight into the many complex issues surrounding orphan care, abandonment, international aid, and adoption and shares many personal stories about her years of working with orphaned and impoverished families in China. Read more.
Have you ever heard of posho? We sure hadn’t until we first became involved with helping children in Uganda. We now know that posho is the #1 staple of a Ugandan diet. Posho is ground maize, or corn, mixed with water until it forms a huge block that can be cut into pieces that then can be easily picked up to eat.
Posho fills up tummies, but on its own it does not have a lot of nutritional value. For children in the village where our Believe in Me Kabale school is located, posho is often their primary food. Read more.
The smile on this girl’s face is enough to light up any room!
This week we celebrated the grand opening of LWB’s Kitchen House at our Believe in Me school in Rangsei!
In this Cambodian village, many of the parents have left to find work elsewhere, and the kids are “left behind”. As we mentioned in our blog, Hunger in Cambodia, this country has the highest infant and under-five mortality rate in the southeast Asia region, with malnutrition being a key cause of child mortality. According to some reports, up to 45 percent of all Cambodia children — more than 1 in 3 — are stunted due to malnutrition. Read more.