Archive for 'Education'

A Letter From Dad: Love Starts Here

“Love Starts Here” is our inspiration and our year-end theme, and this December we have been sharing stories that demonstrate LOVE in action. The final story we want to share for 2014 comes from Jasmine, a girl near and dear to our hearts.

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Jasmine was formerly in LWB’s Believe in Me school in Liupanshui as “Lauren” and was adopted just before she turned 14 — the age at which orphaned children in China are no longer eligible for adoption.  Read more.

Kisses From Joshua: Love Starts Here

Imagine a little boy who loves his friends and teachers so much that at the end of the school day, he blows them kisses!

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Two year old Joshua is in our preschool class at our Believe In Me orphanage school in Huainan. Joshua is a cheerful, energetic and happy little boy who enjoys school and likes to instruct the class alongside his teachers.
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Qingyang: Love Starts Here

Several months ago, we were contacted by some parents who had adopted from the Qingyang orphanage in Gansu province. They wondered if we would consider starting any of our programs here, and so we began discussions with local officials about which of our projects might benefit the children in their care.

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This orphanage has over 100 children born with medical needs, and many of them are unable to attend public school. Because of this, we decided that opening one of our Believe in Me schools onsite would be a great first partnership. Read more.

Zara, First in Her Class!

Zara entered LWB’s Hunan Secondary and Higher Education Program during the summer of last year, when she was preparing to begin her junior year in high school. Zara told us that she really wanted to attend school and hopefully go to college.

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When we first met Zara she told us of her family. She lives with her aging grandmother, who suffers from constant bronchitis, and her father, who has a bad back that keeps him from working. Read more.

Adam: Mr. Sunshine

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Rarely do you meet someone who appears to exude pure light and joy. Last week, my colleague Kate Finco and I had the amazing experience of meeting a young man who did just that. Adam, a seven-year-old student from our Lanzhou Believe In Me School, absolutely stole our hearts! We just couldn’t get over the very big presence of this little guy.  When we found out his adoption file is on the shared list, we couldn’t wait to share our impressions of him in the hope that his family will find him soon. Read more.

Tomas: Eight is Great!

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Tomas just had a birthday and is now eight years old!  Like most children, he’s probably very excited to be getting older and growing up. However, we always worry that the older a waiting child gets — especially a boy — the slimmer their chances for finding a permanent family.  We hope Tomas’ sweet, shy nature and winning smile will capture a family’s heart soon. Read more.

Fall Fun at Our Believe in Me Schools

After this summer’s teacher training, our dedicated Believe in Me teachers returned to their classrooms with lots of great new ideas for their students. We wanted to share some of the fun fall happenings from our Believe in Me school in Jinjiang!

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Landen: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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This charming young man, Landen, has reduced vision, but he hardly lets that slow him down. During the recent LWB Teacher Training, Landen proved just how little his vision gets in the way of his everyday functioning. He topped off the week of activities by performing in multiple dance and martial arts routines and sang in a duet! Read more.

Reflections on LWB’s 2014 Teacher Training

No child should have to grow up in an orphanage. But, for those children who do live in orphanages, we wish we wish all of them would have access to education. LWB has created Believe in Me schools inside orphanages so that children born with special needs can have their own opportunity to go to school. This summer, we held a week long training for teachers from all of our orphanage schools.

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This special teacher training was hosted by the Shaoguan orphanage last month, and we saw children who were clearly loved by their teachers, regardless of their special needs. Read more.

Lily: A Story of Opportunity, Dedication, and Success

We first met Lily when she was a shy 13-year-old at an orphanage in Guangdong Province. She and the other teens at the social welfare institute where she lived were a close knit group of kids.

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Over the next few years, through LWB’s Education Program, we have loved getting to know them all better. Lily was always so sweet to the younger kids when we would visit, and the orphanage director told us again and again what a kind and responsible person she was. We encouraged all of the teens we were working with to set big goals for themselves, and we told them that we would do everything possible to help their college dreams come true. Read more.

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