Six-year-old Daniel continues to amaze us with his interests and his abilities! He most recently has started taking a handicraft class at school where he is learning how to use clay and make origami. He loves this time during school and has been working hard to create new things. Read more.
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Back in the summer of 2012, a tiny baby was discovered inside a cardboard box, wrapped carefully in a towel. She was extremely thin, with blue lips and fingers. When she was taken to the local orphanage, the nannies quickly realized she had issues with her heart.
The baby girl was carefully layered in blankets and placed in a place where she would be found quickly. Her arrival at the orphanage was recorded by the local news station, whose cameras watched the orphanage workers peel off every layer of warmth to reveal a tiny, blue, sickly infant.
After about a year, the orphanage director appealed to Love Without Boundaries to provide the cardiac surgery that this baby so desperately needed. In late 2012, many of us were introduced to “Elizabeth.” In January 2013, our family committed to Elizabeth after much consideration. Our youngest daughter had only been home from Russia for eight months, and we were still in the thick of adjustment and bonding challenges. However, when we saw Elizabeth’s face, we were immediately tied to her, no matter what the cost. Read more.
I am often asked why so many children with medical needs are now orphaned in China. I frequently have people tell me that they think it is terrible that anyone would abandon a child who was sick, and I see similar comments on social media with regular frequency. I remember having a discussion with another parent at an adoption conference, and she told me quite frankly that she would never honor her daughter’s birthparents because they had “thrown her away” when she was born needing surgery.
Over the last decade of working in China, I have learned that this is a complex subject that can’t be summed up in simple black or white statements. For many rural families, the cost of providing their child with medical care is completely beyond their reach. How far would you go to possibly save the life of your child? Read more.
LWB Director Cindy Wu traveled to the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau last month to make a special delivery of warm winter items to two rural primary schools.
As we described in our blog, “The Tibetan Coat Project,” the headmasters of two primary schools there told us that many students in this very impoverished area come to school in the winter with chapped hands and feet due to the extreme cold, which can sometimes reach as low as -25 C! Read more.
The beginning of Christi’s life is nearly unimaginable: She was born with a condition called gastroschisis, which means that there was a large hole in her abdominal wall, and several organs (including her liver and intestines) were exposed and on the outside of her body. LWB was contacted immediately upon Christi’s arrival at the orphanage, and she was rushed to the hospital for emergency surgery (read more on our blog, “Emergency Medical Treatment for Baby Christi“). Read more.
Joseph from Jinjiang, age 11
October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month, and so we can’t miss this opportunity to sing the praises of our wonderful children with Down Syndrome who wait for adoption! Our hope for each and every one is a permanent, loving family who will celebrate them for who they are and the wonderful joy they can bring to life. Read more.