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Life Skills Camp: Final Days

On Saturday morning, our Life Skills Camp for older orphaned teens ended, and what a wonderful week it was!

LSC 2016 TONGREN Qiu YuanLiang Min Pei Huan FangLiang and Lan beach

Here are a few highlights and final thoughts on this experience that touched not only the teens attending but the hearts of the mentors, adults, and all of us as well. Read more.

Highlights from Life Skills Camp 2016

Group photo Great Wall

The teens at our Life Skills Camp have had a whirlwind of a week so far! They’ve taken field trips to some of China’s most iconic sights, worked on team building, practiced voicing their opinions, and been presented with honest talk about money management, sex education, and internet safety. Here are a few highlights from the first half of camp. Read more.

Life Skills Camp Has Begun!

Life Skills Camp has begun! All this week, orphaned teens from around China are gathering in Beijing to attend camp centered around the theme, “The World Is Better With Me In It.” Field trips, friendships, and lessons on a variety of topics related to becoming an independent and responsible adult are all part of this busy week.


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Aging Out Teens – Life Skills Camp

Imagine growing up your entire life without having parents to fall back on for advice and support.  For thousands of orphaned teens in China, this is their reality.  These young adults will usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and we want to do whatever we can to help them prepare for that day. This coming week – from August 7 to 12th – our second Life Skills Camp will take place.  Teens from across China will come together for a week of fun and learning in Beijing and Beidaihe.

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Meet the Kids from Changzhi Foster Care

LWB has been providing foster care to orphaned children in Changzhi, Shanxi since 2011.

Over the years we have celebrated the developmental progress the children have made when placed into home care, and we’d love to introduce you to some of the children currently being served in this program, thanks to your support. Read more.

Bronwyn: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Children are like flowers, water them daily with love and watch them bloom.– Anonymous

Change can be difficult for everyone. For a child in an institution, however, new experiences — even positive ones — can be especially hard.  That was the case for sweet eight-year-old Bronwyn who joined our Believe in Me orphanage school in Jinjiang last fall. Read more.

Martin: A Kind and Helpful Friend

No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~Aesop

Martin and William

Four-year-old Martin is a student in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Qingyang. Martin’s teachers often tell us that that he is always helping other children in the classroom. Whether it is assisting his friend Jacqueline with her mobility by pushing her walker, helping other students put on their shoes, or serving snacks to his friend William, Martin is often observed being kind to others. Read more.

Jacqueline: Blossoming at Our Qingyang Believe in Me School

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. ~Marilyn Monroe

One of the best things about our Believe In Me orphanage schools is seeing students who may not otherwise have a chance of attending school begin to blossom and grow in the classroom setting. Eleven-year-old Jacqueline from the Qingyang orphanage is one such student. She has cerebral palsy and limb differences and uses an assistive device to walk, so attending a public school would not be possible for her in China.


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James: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Meet James, whose smile shines bright like a star! This happy six-year-old has Down Syndrome, and we are thrilled to have him as a student in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shaoguan where he is learning and making friends.


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Life Skills Camp: Tom’s Experience

Preparations for our 2016 Life Skills Camp for older orphaned teens are in full swing! Orphanages are selecting which children to send, mentors are being chosen, and class sessions and field trips are being planned. One of last year’s campers, Tom, wrote this letter to his sponsors about the impact the camp had upon him, and we wanted to share it as we found it to be so touching.


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