Archive for 'Education'

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.


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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Seeing Life From Their Own Perspective: Believe in Me Changzhi

Recently our Changzhi Believe in Me students did a unit of study centered on the delightful children’s book, Diary of a Worm.

The book features a series of diary entries of a young worm, accompanied by “photos” of life from his ground- level perspective. Our innovative Changzhi Believe in Me teachers recently used this creative concept of a unique point of view to engage the students in taking photos and documenting life from their own perspectives. Read more.

Hair’s to Creativity!

In honor of going back to school, the teachers at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Jinjiang recently gave the students back to school haircuts. They allowed these boys — Will Harrison, Howard, and Henry — to choose their own individual styles which made for some creative clipping. Read more.

Uganda: Part Two

Yesterday I wrote Part One of a blog series on my recent trip to Uganda, and today I would like to share a bit about how I found myself standing on a remote hilltop in Karukoba village in the first place.

It all came down to honeybees.

African beehivesAfrican beehives

As the LWB Board began discussing where we would take our programs to help more children, we began to clearly see that while we understand the complexities of working in China backwards and forwards, we had a lot to learn about orphan and vulnerable child programs in other countries. And every individual country of course has its own needs, challenges and laws in place, so I had a whole lot of research to do. Read more.

Success in Shaoguan

We should say to each of them: do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. . . You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel.
~Pablo Casals

joy shaoguan school

When Love Without Boundaries opened its first Believe in Me school in 2004, our goal was to make education inclusive for all children living inside the orphanages where they were built, regardless of their special needs. Over the last twelve years, we have helped set up nine such schools, and we think the results have been pretty amazing. Read more.

Auction to Benefit Huainan Believe in Me School

Our Believe in Me school in Huainan is full of creative little minds and hearts, and we’re excited to showcase some of their artwork — along with many other fun and interesting items — in our latest eBay auction!

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