Archive for 'Education'

Waiting Girls of 2016

Both November and National Adoption Month are now over and the crazy month of December has arrived. But the end of 2016 makes us even more determined to feature some beautiful waiting girls in our programs in the hope that their forever families see their photos and fall head over heels in love!

niamh-9-16Niamh, 11 years old (Dingyuan foster care) — $10,000 Older Child Grant from Reece’s Rainbow grant available

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Pitching In, Working Together

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

Construction of our newest Believe in Me School at Sokhem village, Cambodia is in progress. This project is truly a team effort – from our sponsors supporting the project to the children who will be attending school!

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Last week, the truck bringing rocks for the floor of the school couldn’t reach the construction site due to rain and mud, so the rocks had to be dumped about 20 minutes from the school’s location. The children didn’t want their new school to be delayed, so they decided to bring the rocks to the school themselves. Read more.

Waiting Boys of 2016

mateo-9-16Mateo, age 6 (Tongren foster care) — $2,500 Adoption Assistance Grant

Being orphaned and a boy is one of the most difficult special needs of all. Approximately 3 out of 4 children in China waiting for families are boys. For this reason, we wanted to feature some of the wonderful boys from our programs who are waiting to be matched with families. Read more.

Biking To Our Believe In Me Rangsei School

This fall, we opened our Believe in Me Rangsei school in rural Cambodia. Some kids in Rangsei attend public school which is 7-10 km away from the village.To help the kids get to school on their own, LWB purchased six new bikes.

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While the new Believe in Me Rangsei School is primarily for the children in the village in grades kindergarten to second grade, we also want to help the older students who are now old enough to make the long journey to government school each day.  Read more.

National Adoption Month: Waiting Kids With Down Syndrome

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Did you hear that Down Syndrome Awareness Month just ended and flowed right into National Adoption Month?  What a perfect time to feature all of the children in our programs with Down Syndrome who are waiting for families of their own! Read more.

Diane: Bringing Her Own Sunshine

Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, always bring your own sunshine. ~Anthony J. D’Angelo

Oh, this girl! I have the feeling, if given the chance, Diane would solve all the world’s problems with her joy and her smile. She is currently ready and waiting for a family to choose her for adoption, so let me tell you a little bit about this bright ray of sunshine. Read more.

From Hard Places to Hope

When our team visited Cambodia for the first time last month, they visited a city dumpsite where they had been told children both lived and worked.  Nothing could have prepared them for the emotional impact of seeing children living in such deplorable conditions.

cambodia child dump

Hundreds of children in Cambodia actually live at garbage dump sites like this one in a desperate search for recyclables to sell and for food to eat. They work 12-14 hours a day, digging through the trash piles looking for items like glass and plastic bottles, among the rats, flies, and even medical waste. Read more.

Learning About Uganda Together

As I imagine is the case with many of you who support Love Without Boundaries, I first became aware of LWB when we adopted my youngest daughter from China. They helped to fund her heart surgery while she was a baby in China, and once we brought her home, they provided us with priceless pictures of her.

LWB’s “Abigail” in 2010

I wanted to give back to this organization who had given so much to us, and so I have been a volunteer with LWB’s Education program for the past couple years, helping administer the Believe in Me schools. Read more.

International Day of the Girl

Twenty-year-old Mae is a world changer.

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We met this wonderful young woman last month during our visit to Cambodia. Although Mae’s life is very challenging, she dreams of attending university next year and becoming a policewoman or social worker. Many times she has felt overwhelmed with the difficulties in her life and has wanted to quit school.
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Cambodia: Part Two

When I was doing research into some of the issues facing children in southeast Asia, I came across a book written by Robert Spires, Ph.D., on the prevention of human trafficking. Dr. Spires is a professor at Valdosta State University, and much of his research has been done in this region of the world. He was kind enough to set up a video conference with me to answer many of my questions, and thankfully as our call was ending he said, “Do you mind if I tell you about some truly incredible work being done for children in Cambodia?” And that is how I found myself being introduced to Sokleng In, a young man living in Cambodia, who is one of the most impressive individuals I have ever met in my life.

img_6214Leng and his beautiful family

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