Since 2004, LWB has been helping rural and impoverished students realize their dreams of getting a higher education. In China, mandatory education is only through middle school, and high school tuition is often far beyond a family’s means. Many students in the countryside begin working full time after middle school, and it is often hard for them to break out of the cycle of poverty without continuing their education. For the last three years, we have been honored to work with a group of students in Anhui province. We are so grateful to our supporters who have allowed these great kids to attend high school, and we are excited to announce that the entire group earned their high school diplomas recently!
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Late last year, we added a new student to our Believe in Me school in Shanxi province. Guillem, as he came to be called, had just recently entered orphanage care, and his somber little face stole our hearts the moment we saw his first photo. The orphanage staff didn’t have any information on his background, but we hoped that joining our education program would give him the encouragement and stability he needed.
As I general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from describing children with words that only point out their physical attractiveness. I just want to find something deeper in them and for them to read about themselves in the future, and for them to see something more than a cute face. But when I saw this photo of Aaron – all I could think was how darn handsome and ADORABLE he is! Doesn’t this four-year-old face just melt your heart?! I know I cannot be the only one.
Since 2011, LWB has been helping an impoverished student from Guangdong province named Jack. In his initial letter to us back in 2011, he wrote:
I do not know how to write a letter in English, but to start, I want to say thank you! If my grammar or vocabulary seems foreign, please forgive me. God bless you, for you are a good man or woman. Would you like to know my story? Though I know little about you, I want to share. When I was three years old, I fell ill with a terrible sickness. My parents went to many hospitals,but no doctors could help me. Finally, my family gave up. As a result, I cannot stand up or walk like other people. I have to use my hands to walk. I recently discovered that my disease is called polio or infantile paralysis.
Rested and ready to go, this morning Tracey and Mary Beth from Training Team B met with the teachers from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi.
Nearly all of the children in this school have some kind of special need, and we discussed how to adapt learning activities for children with various skill levels in the same classroom. Read more.
Teacher training teams A and B have arrived at their first locations! LWB’s three teacher training teams collaborate with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges. Yesterday, Team B visited the Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi. The fun has begun!
For over a decade, LWB has been working with older teens in orphanages, helping with high school and college tuition, vocational training, and more. I have been very blessed to have become good friends with many of the now young adults who were in our programs. My heart is especially burdened for them as many have shared with me the great loss they carry from never having a family of their very own.
I often think of my own young adult kids and how very much they needed my help as they left home to spread their wings. I admit that even at age 50, I still call my mom and dad sometimes to ask their advice, so it’s hard to imagine growing up in institutional care and not having that one key person who will guide and mentor you to adulthood. Read more.
Amber has been a student at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan since 2010.
In 2010, we knew her as “little tortoise”, an affectionate nickname given to her by her teachers due to her tendency to be introverted. Read more.
Every two years, and sometimes more often thanks to generous donors who believe in the power of education, LWB sends a training team to China. This teacher training team collaborates with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges. It’s an incredible time of working together on behalf of students.
Instead of meeting at a central location as in years past, this year the workshop trainers from the USA will split into three groups. Read more.