Introducing one of the newest students to join the Jinjiang Believe in Me School…Meigan!
Adorable Meigan is a two-year-old girl with mild cerebral palsy. She has adjusted very well to school and loves attending every day. Read more.
At LWB, we always try to be as respectful as possible to the children in our programs. We always want to treat them with dignity, and because of that we are hesitant to ever publicly discuss certain medical conditions, as we believe they should remain private. Today I am writing about a little boy in rural foster care, however, who absolutely needs a permanent home to survive. And since he has waited over two years on China’s shared adoption list without being chosen, I am going to break our rule and discuss his condition openly – because I feel like saving his life is the most important thing right now. This eight-year-old boy is just too special to not get the long-term care he deserves.
When we first met John, he was only five years old. We learned that he was abandoned following a failed meningocele surgery, which left him with weak legs and feet that turned out to the sides. Read more.
The Jinjiang Believe in Me (BIM) School is something special. Children with special needs who are unable to attend a regular public school participate in meaningful educational activities that allow children to grow both cognitively and emotionally. Jinjiang BIM teachers receive specialized training to help their students reach their full potential. Read more.
Not only did our three volunteers visit foster care programs in Henan and Anhui provinces, but they also were able to visit three LWB Healing Homes: Heartbridge, Starbridge, and the Anhui Healing Home (AHH). Here are some glimpses into their visits to Starbridge and AHH.
Going to snuggle babies is a tough job, but someone’s got to do it! After a long day of visiting foster families all over Kaifeng, we were excited to visit LWB’s Starbridge Healing Home. The nannies there are so loving and kind, and the babies are cared for in a cozy, warm environment. Read more.
Miracle in a can. That is what preemie formula is for preemie babies. Preemie babies who were not quite ready to come into the world, whose tummies can’t process regular formula yet, whose little bodies struggle. In many cases, preemie formula is the key to helping a preemie baby gain weight and strength and continue to fight. Read more.
Beautiful Kaifeng was the next stop on our volunteers’ journey. Known as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, it is a lovely city to visit in Henan province. Our volunteers Arlene, Sidney, and Barbara had a full day visiting the Kaifeng orphanage, seven children in foster care, the Starbridge Healing Home, and then dining at a typical Hot pot restaurant.
After a four hour drive from Sanmenxia, we arrived in Kaifeng. Bright and early the next morning we started out by visiting the recently renovated Kaifeng orphanage. Our first stop was the pink toddler room where we were greeted by many adorable faces. Read more.
In October 2013, three LWB volunteers visited foster care programs in Henan and Anhui provinces. Today we want to share a few photos and stories from their visit to Sanmenxia, in Henan province (northern China).
Love Without Boundaries has had a foster care program in Sanmenxia for several years now. However, it was growing smaller as more and more children in our care were adopted (a good problem to have!) Orphanage officials asked us to a meeting to discuss expanding the program to include new children.
We met with the directors of the orphanage and met many children they wished could be considered for LWB foster care. Read more.
When we pulled up to visit Niamh and her foster sister several weeks ago, we were greeted on the street by Niamh and her beloved foster grandpa. In October, Niamh, who has Down Syndrome, turned eight years old. She wasn’t walking until very recently, and she was so proud to take her grandpa’s hand and march us down the block to her home! Read more.
Isaac was almost three years old when coming into LWB’s Changzhi Foster Care Program, but he couldn’t stand or walk alone.
He could stand if he leaned against the sofa or bed, but he was unable to crawl or squat or bend over to pick up toys. When evaluated he was distraught, afraid and unsure of himself. Even when his foster mother put a cup of snacks in front of him, he had great difficulty to bend down and pick them up, despite how much he wanted the snacks. If his foster brother got close to him and his snacks, he would get angry and yell at him. He understood everything that was said to him, and it was clear that he was a smart little boy who had never been given the opportunity to do so many things that most children learn at a much earlier age. Read more.