Miracle in a can. That is what preemie formula is for preemie babies. Preemie babies who were not quite ready to come into the world, whose tummies can’t process regular formula yet, whose little bodies struggle. In many cases, preemie formula is the key to helping a preemie baby gain weight and strength and continue to fight. Read more.
Archive for 'Orphanage Assistance'
Today I want to publicly thank one of our amazing volunteers – Suzanne Damstedt. I first had the honor of meeting Suzanne by phone back in 2006, when she was in the process of adopting an older child helped by LWB. At the time she was the mother of six children, and she was trying to learn everything she could about adoption. I still remember that phone call because her kindness and genuine nature came through in every word she said. I was so happy when she and her husband brought their daughter home, and they have now adopted three older children from China. Read more.
School is beginning. Fall is approaching. And the cold winter months are just around the corner! At this time of year, many parents start thinking of buying warm clothing for their children to keep them warm when they are outside. Many children in China, however, do not have central heating in their homes, orphanages, or schools and must wear their winter coats both outside and inside throughout the day in order to keep warm through the winter months. Read more
Eight-month-old Cindy receives special Wyeth formula and iron-fortified rice cereal, thanks to the generous supporters of LWB’s Nutrition Program. Cindy has a great appetite; she can finish a full bottle and a full bowl of rice cereal. She loves eating and is sure to let her nanny know if she did not get enough food. Read more
The medically fragile babies, like Vicente, in our healing homes have many needs. One of their most basic needs is good nutrition to help their bodies heal. For some of the babies, though, drinking a warm bottle of our standard formula isn’t a pleasant experience.
Late last year, we were contacted by the wonderful people at Operation Smile. They had seen the announcement that we were able to manufacture and send cleft bottles to every orphanage in China, thanks to a donation by Mead Johnson. Specialized bottles are not readily available in China, which leads to many orphaned babies with cleft being diagnosed as failure to thrive and even sadly passing away. For years, charities have been hand-carrying these bottles into China to help vulnerable babies born with cleft who are unable to suck. The person who contacted us asked if it would be possible for them to receive these bottles as well for the surgery missions they do in China.
We gladly sent two cases of bottles to them before their surgical trip to Inner Mongolia. Read more.
If asked to come up with a list of “medical essentials” at LWB’s Heartbridge Healing Home, the items that come to mind might include nebulizers to help with breathing, or antibiotics to fight infection, or the wall full of cubbies that contain each child’s individual medications and instructions.
You may not think of a can of formula, but that truly is one of the most vital parts of the healing regimen for our most fragile residents. Read more.
There are many ways to measure educational success. Ying is almost five years old. When she started in school, she made little to no contact with other students, and her attention span and verbal ability were limited. Quarterly reports for Ying showed minimal improvement.
Over the last two years, LWB has done more and more work in rural Guizhou Province. A recent project provided new coats for the children at the Weng’An orphanage. We are so happy that we were able to give the children coats to help them keep warm this winter.
Some LWB staff will be visiting these children at the Weng’An orphanage in April. There are only 19 children: one baby and 18 older children. The orphanage is in a small mountain town and has not received outside assistance before. We are starting a special project to buy new bicycles for the children in the orphanage, as it is a long walk to and from school each day. Read more.