Heart Babies: Colin and Mary

Right now we have two babies with serious heart issues in the hospital in Shanghai. We wanted to introduce them both to you as they need every good thought and prayer sent their way.

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Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide. Read more.

The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange: Billy, Ella, and Samuel’s Stories

We are just about two weeks away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange. We want to thank everyone for your kindness and generosity in sponsoring children for their surgeries. LWB is blessed with the most AMAZING supporters! We will of course be blogging each day during the week of the exchange, but we wanted to share a few stories of the children coming ahead of time, so that as you follow along that week, you will know some of their background.

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For those new to this type of surgery, you should know that a cleft refers to any gap in a child’s soft tissue, bone, or both. Read more.

Celebrating Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day — and Grant!

Today is National Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day in the United States. We have children with cerebral palsy in most of our programs all around China, but today we wanted to celebrate one special boy — Grant!

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We first became acquainted with Grant when he attended our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou from 2007 to 2013. Grant had been living at the orphanage and getting physical therapy for his cerebral palsy. Read more.

Cohen, Our Laughing Buddha

It’s hard to believe that the chubby-cheeked, healthy looking little boy that entered Fuyang foster care program just two weeks ago is the same wee baby that came into our care less than a year ago fighting for his life.

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Born prematurely, Cohen had the odds stacked against him in every way.
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Waiting Child Spotlight: Children With Down Syndrome

March 21st (3/21) was chosen as the day for World Down Syndrome Day to symbolize the third copy of chromosome 21 in Trisomy 21, the most common form of Down Syndrome. Today is extra special because it marks the 10th anniversary of World Down Syndrome Day! In honor of this special anniversary we wanted to share some of the children who are or have been in LWB programs who truly rock their extra chromosome. All of these children are waiting to be chosen for adoption.

NiamhNiamh and her foster grandpa. 

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Hope for Nancy and Her Family

Nancy’s father is a farmer with an elementary school education. Although he works hard at farming, their income is minimal and is dependent on the weather and crop prices. Nancy was often sick as an infant and required multiple hospitalizations, putting a huge financial strain on this family.

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After repeated hospitalizations for illnesses, her parents took her to two different hospitals for tests to determine why she was always so ill. Read more.

The 2015 Cleft Exchange – Less than 4 Weeks Away!

Planning a cleft exchange takes at least six months of preparations, and the excitement really starts building when we realize we are less than a month away. We are so grateful to everyone who has funded a child for surgery, and there are some truly beautiful children still needing sponsors in their corner!

Unnamed ChildrenSome of the children still in need of sponsors

Some of our supporters have noticed that our cleft exchange surgery costs are a bit more than last year, and we wanted to give you a breakdown on where your donations are going. This year we have set the cost at $750 per child. Read more.

Tian Chi: LWB’s Featured Student of the Week

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Tian Chi is a motivated senior in our Anhui Secondary and Higher Education (SHE) program.  He tells us that he is always thinking about how to go one step further to improve. His friends would say he is serious when it comes to his education. They observe that he considers everything to be important and leaves nothing up to chance. Read more.

Seeking a Family for Shane

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Five year old Shane came into foster care from his orphanage already having an idea what it would be like. He had heard all about having a foster family in school from his two best friends from school, Bobby and Daniel, and it seemed like he couldn’t wait to have a foster family of his own! Read more.

Reading Is Fun at Believe in Me Jinjiang

Reading is fun, but incorporating the story in multiple ways MULTIPLIES the fun!

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At our Believe In Me orphanage school in Jinjiang, the class recently listened intently to a story which involves a bicycle. Read more.

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