This weekend, many children will enjoy Easter egg hunts and will shout with glee when they find another prize. Our cleft team had their own special hunt today, but their “eggs” were a tiny bit bigger than usual. Read more.
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to live in a world of silence? Six-year-old Jack doesn’t wonder because he was born profoundly deaf.
Jack uses hearing aids and, together with his foster care mother and his teachers, he is putting in the hard work to develop intelligible speech so that he can communicate verbally with his peers and others. He is doing really well! Read more.
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.
Thirteen-month-old Celeste joined us at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home in January, following surgery on her fragile heart.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.