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Bring Water, Bring Hope

Without water, there is no life. All humans need it to drink, cook, wash, and grow food. Can you imagine having to work for literally every drop? Since beginning our work in Uganda, we realized that improving access to water is key to transforming the lives of the kids who attend our Believe In Me Kabale school. Children as young as four years old spend anywhere from two to four hours a day on treacherous mountain paths to reach the only natural source of water. Many leave their homes before it is even light with a yellow jerry can on their head to begin the trek to get water, having to turn around and do it all again in the afternoon before the sun goes down.

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Journey to Cambodia 2017: The Landfill

Last year I posted a photo on our blog of a little boy I’d met living inside a Cambodian garbage dump. In the blog, I shared how difficult it was to learn how many children around the world work as trash scavengers each day (estimated to be in the millions). I was a bit stunned at some of the comments I received back after sharing this boy’s picture. People told me that the photo looked staged or that the child didn’t look very needy since he had on a silver necklace and obviously had food (which I had just handed him five minutes before).

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Girl Power in Uganda

A new school term has begun at our Believe in Me school in southwest Uganda.  We were thrilled that a wonderful 96% of the children showed back up on the first day of class, as enrollment and retention among primary students in the rural regions of Uganda remains a challenge.  We also welcomed many new […]

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ABC Educational Materials Drive

For children attending our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia, learning English is an essential piece of their education. English proficiency is a power tool in gaining access to higher education and future sustainable employment, thereby helping to break the cycle of poverty. One way to gain fluency in another language is by hearing it spoken frequently. […]

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Sokhem Sibling School

In rural Sokhem Village in Cambodia, a place with very few economic opportunities, children are often left behind to fend for themselves as adults in most families cross the border into Thailand to search for work. Children as young as 6 and 7 are charged with caring for their younger siblings in the parents’ absence, […]

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Looking Sharp in School Uniforms

In Cambodia, school uniforms are very important. They impart a sense of pride in one’s school as well as a sense of belonging. The students at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia recently received their new school uniforms, and we love the proud looks on their faces as they model them for us!

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Happy Volunteer Week 2017!

Did you know that April 24-28th this year is National Volunteer Week? Today I want to give an enormous shout-out to all the AMAZING volunteers who are the heart and soul of LWB’s work with children. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t give thanks for getting to work alongside them to impact the lives of vulnerable children around the world.

If you take nothing else away from this blog, just know that the LWB volunteers are truly extraordinary people, giving their time in a thousand different ways to make sure as many kids as possible get the help they deserve. Read more

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Life in Sokhem Village

Ninety percent of Cambodians living in extreme poverty live in the rural countryside. Some of the poorest villages are located along the border of Thailand, which is where LWB is now working. Children in this region often live in remote villages, with little access to basic social services such as health care or a nearby school.

Last October, we made a commitment to the children of Sokhem Village, many whom are left behind all day while their parents travel to Thailand in search of work. Read more.

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The Resilience of Anna

Five-year-old Anna has had a truly difficult year so far.

In early February, she accidentally fell into the cooking fire at home and received very painful burns. Anna was rushed to the hospital where she received medical treatment. Now, she is back in school and is slowly regaining her health and stamina. Our hearts are saddened over what this beautiful child has endured, but Anna showed us all her gentle resilience when she shared the sweetest smile less than a week after her discharge from the hospital. Read more.

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How One Photo Introduced Me to LWB — And Four Daughters

My husband, Cameron, and I have seventeen children. Eleven of those kids are adopted from Asia, and four of those eleven grew up in the same orphanage. The journey to those four “Huainan sisters” started with this photo:

Our adoption agency, Madison Adoption Associates, posted this picture advocating for a beautiful girl with an amazing smile. She had recently been adopted, but that adoption was disrupted in-country. Read more.

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