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Domestic Adoptions in 2017

At LWB, it’s a real celebration each time we hear that one of the orphaned children in our China programs has found a  forever home. Ten years ago, almost every child in LWB care would have had their files prepared for international adoption. Today, when we learn a child has been chosen, our first question now is “Domestic or International?” 

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Newborn Twins Ana and Lisa Arrive at the Mukono Baby Room

In early January, we learned of twin newborn girls in Uganda whose mother passed away the day after their birth. What an enormous loss for these preemie sisters. It’s heartbreaking to think of any mom losing her life giving birth. Maternal deaths vary greatly around the world, but the highest rates are still found primarily in Africa. Uganda has made great strides in reducing maternal deaths over the last five years, but their maternal death rate is still a far too high 336 per 100,000 live births.

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Healing Home Hero of the Week: Gentle Nico

This winter, we are going to be sharing the stories of some of the tiniest heroes of all — the babies in our healing homes.  Baby Nico is the very first hero in our series, and we hope that his story of spirit and strength will inspire you. In September, an orphanage in Jiangxi province, China contacted us about a preemie in their care who was not thriving. At three months of age, he weighed just five pounds and was suffering from a chronic upset stomach. We welcomed him to our Anhui Healing Home where we hoped our nannies would be able to help him gain weight and begin to develop as he should.

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The Reluctant Elves of Mukono

Santa has been looking for some new helpers, and we thought the little ones at the Mukono Baby Room might make some good elves. The children, however, don’t seem to be very excited about that idea!

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Preemie Olive

In July, our Heartbridge Healing Home welcomed a tiny preemie weighing just four pounds. Her name was Olive. Olive was so tiny and weak that she could barely suck on her bottle. Thankfully, the Heartbridge nannies have lots of experience with premature babies. In just one month, she was quickly downing entire bottles right to the last drop!

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Jason: Experiencing Life and Love With His Foster Family

We first met Jason in March of 2015 as a two-month-old little boy with a GI defect in need of immediate care. Following surgery and many months at the Anhui Healing Home, Jason’s medical needs were stabilized, and he was able to move out of the healing home and into LWB foster care. Jason was welcomed with open arms by a happy foster family in Anhui.

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Beth, The Smile Bearer

In fall of 2016, Beth arrived at the Mukono Baby Room under very sad circumstances. Her mother left the family, and Beth’s father was unemployed and unable to provide enough for her to eat. As a result, she was severely malnourished. At one year old, she weighed just 15 pounds. We can’t show you her photo here, but we will share that her ribs were clearly visible. Thankfully, Beth has overcome her sad beginnings and has happily settled into life at the Mukono Baby Room.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Baby Griffin

In early July, an orphanage in Anhui called us for help. They had just received an abandoned three-week old baby boy who was malnourished, dehydrated, and had a seriously bloated abdomen. Afraid that he might have an intestinal obstruction, we rushed him to the hospital. Doctors discovered that he had necrotizing entercolitis, or NEC, a life-threatening […]

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Bekah’s Watermelon Run

Preparations are underway for one of our favorite events of the year, coming up at the end of September: Bekah’s Watermelon Run! As a baby, Bekah was cared for at our Heartbridge Healing Home. We all rejoiced when she was adopted, and then grieved with her family when she suddenly passed away months after coming home. Bekah’s big sister Lindsay (seen here in the middle) had an idea for honoring her little sister: a race to raise money for “other little Bekahs”

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