Cleft Exchange 2014: Getting Ready

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This week, all of the team members for LWB’s next international cleft surgery exchange are leaving for China. The babies and older children will start their journeys to Kaifeng this Friday as well, most arriving by train but a few coming by plane since they are from provinces far away from Henan. For a lot of them, it will be the first time they have left their orphanage, and our team will be waiting to give them the warmest welcome possible. Read more.

Celeste: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Thirteen-month-old Celeste joined us at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home in January, following surgery on her fragile heart.

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While she was still recovering in the hospital, it was discovered that Celeste also suffers from a gastrointestinal defect called “megacolon.” Despite the best efforts of the medical staff at Heartbridge Healing Home, Celeste has been plagued by repeated infections and has been unable to gain weight. Read more.

100 Children, 100 Challenge

100 children. 100 faces. 100 lives touched last year because you cared. Children like Bran, Talia, Chandler, and Peanut.  These children and 96 others like them inspired our 1st annual 100 Challenge.

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We are excited to invite you to take part in LWB’s 1st Annual 100 Challenge by choosing a child from the 100 faces shown and making a donation in his or her honor in order to help more children in 2014. Read more.

Ready for Cleft Surgery!

Surgeries begin one week from Monday on our 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange!  We would like to introduce you to some of the children who will be having surgery.

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Little Winston entered our Anhui Healing Home when he was a newborn.  Now four months old, Winston has gained enough weight to have his cleft lip surgery.  Winston is attached to his nanny and cries when she leaves his sight.  He recently learned to roll over and likes to play with toys that make noise.
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Following the Red Thread to Qianxi, Guizhou

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We love how our supporters’ red threads sometimes weave their ways into our work, often helping many more children in the process.  Last year we were contacted by a family who was adopting a child from an orphanage in Qianxi, Guizhou.  In one of the photos they were given, they saw an older girl with an unrepaired cleft lip, and they wondered if LWB could possibly help.  Read more.

Visiting Foster Families

While on my recent trip to China, I was able to visit several of the foster care programs we run there. Currently LWB has foster care in 18 Chinese cities, and we are always looking to expand to new locations because we believe so strongly that children do best being raised in quality family care.

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At every location, I would visit both the local orphanage and then children in home care. Again and again, I was struck by the developmental differences between the two groups of children. Babies need families – pure and simple. And now, with the vastly changing population of orphaned children who almost all have special needs, I believe it is more important than ever to get orphaned children out into the local communities so that everyone can come to understand how amazing these kids are. Read more.

Rob: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Rob entered LWB’s Anhui Healing Home at the beginning of this year. He had an unrepaired cleft lip and palate and also a hernia. Read more.

Emergency Medical Fund

1kgpreemieOver the last eleven years, more and more orphanages have trusted us and depended on us to help their children born with medical needs.  In these cases, we first gather all of the important information about the child, have our medical advisors review their chart, and then we present their case on our website and advocate for funding. Once a child’s surgery is funded, we immediately make arrangements for them to move to the appropriate hospital.

However, some babies arrive into this world with conditions that cannot wait to be funded.  Children born with anal atresia, for example, often will pass away if they do not receive surgery within 48 hours of being found. Read more.

Pei Through The Years

Pei is a beautiful little girl who has been in LWB programs since she was just a tiny baby. When she first arrived to her orphanage, we enrolled her in our nutrition program so she could get the high quality formula she needed to thrive.

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We followed her progress closely, and her nanny reported that she was a very curious little baby who loved to watch everything in the room. Before we knew it she had grown into a very healthy and active toddler. Read more.

Got Bibs? We Do, Thanks To You!

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When we asked for volunteers to make bibs and hats for our upcoming Cleft Exchange, we honestly had no idea what kind of response we would get. Were we ever surprised by the incredible outpouring of support for this project! The babies and children on the cleft exchange are going to be sporting the most stylish hatwear and neckwear anywhere in China! Read more.

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