Archive for 'Nutrition and Special Projects'

Cleft Bottles: Special Delivery!

During the first quarter of 2016, our China Medical Director received many calls requesting the special, squeezable, bottles which are so vital for helping cleft-affected children get adequate nutrition so they can grow and thrive. In fact, we received so many requests that we placed another order for over 1,000 additional bottles!

We receive calls from orphanages, maternity hospitals, and organizations coordinating medical trips, as well as healing homes and foster programs caring for children with cleft. Read more.

Cleft Surgery and Nutrition

Many beautiful new smiles were made during our Cleft Medical Exchange this April!

Mary Beth before and after cleft repair surgery

Before the surgeons could work their magic, the children all had to meet several important milestones, one being that babies must weigh at least ten pounds before having surgery. Ten pounds doesn’t sound like a difficult weight to meet; however, one of the most immediate concern for a baby born with a cleft lip and palate is weight gain. Read more.

Quinn

On April 2, a tiny infant was found abandoned at the gates of an orphanage in Jiangxi, severely malnourished and dehydrated.  With him was a note from his birthparents.

Quinn intake 4.4.16Quinn upon intake into the hospital

The birthparents’ note said that Quinn had been diagnosed with a metabolic disorder as well as a malformation of the colon. The concerned orphanage staff called us right away and asked if we could help save his life. Read more.

Quality Nutrition for Violet

One immediate concern for a baby with cleft lip and/or palate, like little Violet, is feeding and good nutrition.

2015-11-30 Violet (19)Baby Violet when she entered our Healing Home in November 2015

Because of the cleft lip or palate, an opening between the mouth and nasal cavity, the baby cannot create the suction needed to efficiently pull milk from the bottle or breast. It is like trying to drink from a straw with a crack in it. Read more.

Aaron’s Journey

Since the early days of his life, Aaron has been in LWB care. Aaron’s life has been touched by a broad range of LWB programs — Medical, Healing Homes, Nutrition, Education, Foster Care and Advocacy — each one working together to benefit one special little boy.

Aaron baby

In late April 2011, a darling boy started his journey in LWB’s hands. Born with a meningocele (spinal tumor), little Aaron was quickly moved to the hospital where he underwent a complex neurosurgery which also required the placement of a shunt. Read more.

Special Formula: Not Just for Babies

When we think of formula, babies typically come to mind. And it’s true that our Special Formula Fund is most often used to provide formula for fragile babies in our Medical and Healing Homes programs. However, did you know that we have a number of toddlers and older children in our foster care programs who benefit greatly from a special formula called Nutren?

Catey 2.16Catey: January 2016

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Change for Change: A Lenten Campaign

In early January, we asked our supporters to consider setting up a Change (Lives) Jar to collect the spare change in your wallet or purse to help orphaned children. One of our dedicated volunteers in Ireland had the wonderful idea of conducting a special Change Jar campaign during the season of Lent.

Lenten love 2.16

If you observe Lent, we invite you to collect your extra change to help fill the tummies of the fragile babies in our healing homes. Funds raised will be dedicated specifically to purchasing formula for babies in our healing homes through our Healing Home Nutrition fund. Read more.

Breast Milk for Baby Glen

This fall, a baby was abandoned in Guizhou with a terribly bloated abdomen. His orphanage contacted us for help, and we agreed to get him medical care. We moved that baby, whom we named Glen, to the hospital.

Glen 9.9.15

Glen’s doctors originally thought that he had a bowel obstruction, but then they realized he just has severe allergies to baby formula. Read more.

School Snacks: More Than Just a Treat

The dictionary says that a snack is a small portion of food eaten between meals.  Here in the U.S., we often think of a snack as a pleasant treat – cookies or chips – something we enjoy but don’t really need.

BIM School Nutrition

The “snacks” served to the children attending our Believe in Me orphanage schools in China are probably misnamed. Read more.

Healthy Eating: A Key Part of Foster Care

Alan in our Zhang Village foster care program doesn’t know it, but his yogurt is a great source of calcium and vitamins A and D, nutrients that will help his bones grow strong! All he knows is that it tastes delicious.

Alan eating 10.15

In addition to providing a loving environment for children in need of families, our foster care families also provide quality nutrition. Good nutrition is often taken for granted but is crucial to any child’s development. Read more.

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