Over the last few weeks, many children we know have excitedly shopped for brand new school supplies, filled their lunch boxes with delicious snacks, strapped on their backpacks, and posed for first day of school photos, before climbing onto a big yellow bus headed for the adventure of a new school year. It has been a time of excitement. anticipation, and maybe a little nervousness. Education is the promise of exploration, discovery, growth, and stimulation. For children with special needs in China, however, the opportunity to experience all these things is very limited and often an impossibility. Read more.
Rhys is a three and a half year old boy in both our Anhui foster care program as well as our education program. He is diagnosed with a chromosomal abnormality and has had adoption paperwork prepared so that he can be adopted internationally through China’s Waiting Child program. 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.
It was 2011, and Yago had just entered our Believe in Me School in Changzhi. We knew then that he needed special care for his leg.
Over the years, however, we have learned through consulting with experts that the best opportunity for Yago to receive the ongoing care that he needs for his condition is to be cared for by a family able to thoroughly address and consistently manage his care. Read more.
Several years ago, we received a call about a newly-found little boy who was born with cleft lip. I remember seeing his first photo thinking he had some pretty wonderful hair, and I was so thankful when he was able to be moved to our Anhui Healing Home right away for nurturing care.
Baby Jose, as he was quickly named, settled right in with his nannies and soon became the ultimate charmer. Read more.
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.
Have you ever fallen in love? Have you ever fallen in love with more than one person? I have. I fell in love with 32 people in one week! “Impossible!” you may say, and a few weeks ago I might have agreed. But then I had the incredible honor of attending the 2014 Teacher Training in Shaoguan, China and “Bam!” — I fell in love 32 times!
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.
Here he comes again! Previously, Alan had lived with a family in our Shantou foster care program but due to unforeseen circumstances, he had to return to the orphanage for some time. Now sweet Alan is back in foster care, and we couldn’t be happier! Alan was featured in our LWB blog last winter (“Happy and Handsome Alan“) and since then, he has truly blossomed. Just imagine what he could do in a forever family — something for which four-year-old Alan has been waiting for several years. Read more.