On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.
Archive for 'Nutrition and Special Projects'
Babies come to our healing homes because they are medically fragile. Brent is one of our tinier healing home residents. He is having trouble with weight gain due to anal atresia, a heart condition, and a defect of his larynx that makes breathing a real workout. Sucking a bottle takes too much energy out of Brent and as a result, our nannies are tube-feeding him until he gets stronger. Read more.
Why are these students from LWB’s Believe in Me schools smiling? Perhaps it is because learning is fun. Maybe it is because they are enjoying playing new games with their friends. Or it could be that they are enjoying a snack. Shhh — don’t tell them that it is nutritious! Read more.
LWB Director Cindy Wu traveled to the Qinghai Tibetan Plateau last month to make a special delivery of warm winter items to two rural primary schools.
As we described in our blog, “The Tibetan Coat Project,” the headmasters of two primary schools there told us that many students in this very impoverished area come to school in the winter with chapped hands and feet due to the extreme cold, which can sometimes reach as low as -25 C! Read more.
It’s that time of year again in China when the temperatures are beginning to drop and children need a thick, cozy coat to keep them warm.
Many orphanages, homes, and schools in China do not have central heating, which means that people often wear their winter coats throughout the day, all through the winter months. It is so important for every child to have a good quality winter coat that will keep them protected until spring comes again — and even more essential for children in our programs who have medical special needs and are more prone to pneumonia. Read more.
The babies and toddlers in LWB’s foster care program are busy growing and developing! To insure that their bodies have all the nutrients and calories needed, we provide fortified cereal to children under 24 months of age through our Foster Care Nutrition program.
Infant cereal is a good introduction to solid food. Foster parents are encouraged to use the cereal to transition their baby from formula to solid foods. Picky toddlers don’t always make healthy food choices, so the familiar cereal helps insure that they receive much needed iron and vitamins. Why sponsor nutrition for a foster care child? Here are four adorable reasons! Read more.
Earlier this summer, one of our directors in China visited the Tibetan Plateau region in Qinghai province. She met with two headmasters of the primary schools in Zeku County, a very remote region, who asked if LWB could provide winter Tibetan coats for some very poor students. They explained how cold the winters are there, with temperatures reaching -25 degrees C. They explained that even down jackets are not usually enough, which is why people prefer to wear the traditional Tibetan robes which are handmade, heavy and warm.
After surgery for cleft lip or palate, it is all too easy for children to hurt the incision by putting hands or toys in their mouths. For this reason, after surgery children wear arm restraints, commonly called “no-nos”.
No-nos need to be worn for several weeks while the surgical site heals. These soft, Velcro-wrap arm restraints are surprisingly expensive and difficult to find in China. Luckily, however, no-nos can be reused over and over. Do you or someone you know have a used pair? Read more.
Just how do we measure success for our Nutrition projects? Usually success can be measured by the number of pounds that a baby has packed on or by the strength she has gained. Good nutrition also translates into a baby who is healthy enough to undergo life-changing surgery.
For Yi Xuan, all three of these measures have been met. Read more.
“Independence is freedom.” ~Susan B. Anthony
Image used courtesy of Stickman Communications
One of the greatest freedoms is having the independence and autonomy to do what you want when you want. Unfortunately, for children born with physical challenges, this kind of independence may not be possible without assistance. Read more.