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Happy Children’s Day!

June 1st is Children’s Day, and all across China activities are taking place to celebrate the importance of childhood. What a perfect day to reflect on our belief that Every Child Counts. All of us at LWB send our deepest thanks to you for impacting the lives of so many children across China during the last fourteen years.

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Catey: Look At Her Now!

In August 2014, a baby girl was born in Anhui province with a cleft lip and palate and an umbilical hernia. We named her Catey and welcomed her to our Anhui Healing Home.

When she was four months old, Catey had surgery to repair her cleft lip. Soon after, she graduated to our Huainan foster care program. With her palate still open, Catey struggled to feed well, and she wasn’t gaining the weight we were hoping for.

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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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International Day Of Happiness

March 20 is not only the first day of spring, but it’s the International Day of Happiness!  With not one but two things to celebrate, we thought we’d share some things that bring us happiness:

Happiness is…hot lunches and full tummies!

Our Nutrition programs in Cambodia and Uganda ensure that children in our Education programs receive a hot, nutritious lunch each day. Read more.

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Welcoming the Lucky Iron Fish

What could be in these fun little packages that were recently delivered to the kids at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia?

They’re a product that is ingenious in its simplicity called “Lucky Iron Fish”!
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Pitching In, Working Together

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much. ~Helen Keller

Construction of our newest Believe in Me School at Sokhem village, Cambodia is in progress. This project is truly a team effort – from our sponsors supporting the project to the children who will be attending school!

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Last week, the truck bringing rocks for the floor of the school couldn’t reach the construction site due to rain and mud, so the rocks had to be dumped about 20 minutes from the school’s location. The children didn’t want their new school to be delayed, so they decided to bring the rocks to the school themselves. Read more.

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Uganda Update: More Than Posho

Have you ever heard of posho?  We sure hadn’t until we first became involved with helping children in Uganda. We now know that posho is the #1 staple of a Ugandan diet. Posho is ground maize, or corn, mixed with water until it forms a huge block that can be cut into pieces that then can be easily picked up to eat.

Posho fills up tummies, but on its own it does not have a lot of nutritional value. For children in the village where our Believe in Me Kabale school is located, posho is often their primary food. Read more.

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Let the Hot Lunches Begin!

This week we celebrated the grand opening of LWB’s Kitchen House at our Believe in Me school in Rangsei!

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In this Cambodian village, many of the parents have left to find work elsewhere, and the kids are “left behind”. As we mentioned in our blog, Hunger in Cambodia, this country has the highest infant and under-five mortality rate in the southeast Asia region, with malnutrition being a key cause of child mortality. According to some reports, up to 45 percent of all Cambodia children — more than 1 in 3 — are stunted due to malnutrition. Read more.

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Hunger in Cambodia

As I hope you have heard, LWB has now expanded several of our program areas into Cambodia. One of our primary focuses in Cambodia will be in the field of nutrition, and today I wanted to give you a bit of background on why we feel that is so important.

During my trip to Cambodia in September, one of things I saw clearly in the rural villages I visited was that the majority of children I met were stunted in their growth. Read more.

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Our New Sustainable Nutrition Program in Uganda

Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime.

When we visited Karukoba Village in Uganda in August, we were alarmed by how underweight some of the children were. Many of these children get just one meal per day which often consists of beans and posho, or cornmeal. Surely this was an area in which our Nutrition program could make a difference.

Uganda girl carrying water

We decided to implement a program that would not only give the children the food that they need but also be sustainable — in other words, a program that would give the villagers the tools to feed themselves down the road. Read more.

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