Life Skills Camp – Final Day

“Beginnings are often scary, and endings are often sad. But it is everything in between that makes it all worthwhile.”

Today was the final day of our first ever Life Skills camp, and we are giving thanks that it was an incredible week which all of us will remember forever.  Before I write more about today, I want to give a deep and sincere thank you to all of our amazing mentors in China, who volunteered this week to invest into these wonderful teens.  To Ruan Wei Chang, Liu Hui Ping, Zhuang Li Ying, Yang Ya Wen, Ma Yu Jia, Cai Yan Yue, Sun Li Ping, Chen Min, and Qi Rui – thank you for being a part of our team. And to our LWB China directors who led the camp (Cindy, Yvonne, and Susie) – your hearts are what make this foundation strong.

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Life Skills Camp – Day Five

Day five of our Life Skills Camp was a very special one for the campers as they boarded an early morning bus heading to Beidaihe, a popular beach destination in China. It was the first time the teens had ever been to the sea shore, and their excitement was overflowing.

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First up, however, we had more Life Skills for them to learn, this time involving personal safety. We were blessed to have Kungfu Master Ding join the camp to teach everyone some essential self defense moves. As you can see from the photos, the kids had a wonderful time learning about protecting themselves and practicing their newly learned skills on each other! Read more.

Life Skills Camp – Day Four

Today our Life Skills campers had a morning visit to the Beijing Olympic Village where they got to see the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and of course the Olympic Friendlies.

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Life Skills Camp – Day Three

The teens had another wonderful day at Life Skills Camp, and we were giving thanks for the beautiful blue skies over Beijing during the morning field trip to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Getting to visit such important landmarks in their homeland has meant so much to everyone attending.

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Life Skills Camp – Day Two

Day two of our Life Skills Camp was simply incredible!  It started with a morning field trip to the magnificent Great Wall, which of course everyone in China hopes to someday visit. We have all been praying for good weather this week for the teens, and today was nice and cool (even in August), so we are so grateful for that. We are going to let the photos below just speak for themselves as you can clearly tell a great time was had by all!

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Life Skills Camp – Day One

Over the last twelve years, LWB has been honored to invest ourselves into teens who grew up in orphanage care but were never matched with permanent families. These young adults will usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and we want to do whatever we can to help them prepare for that day. This week we are excited to be holding our first ever Life Skills Camp, with the theme “The World is Better With Me In It.”

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Fifty-two campers from Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guizhou, Gansu, and Hunan provinces are now in Beijing attending class sessions on etiquette and social skills, alcohol and drug use, self-esteem, sex education, money management, online safety, self-defense, and more. All reports so far are that they are having the time of their lives, and it never would have happened without your incredible help!
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Back To School Shopping To Help Kids in Need

August has arrived, and many students in the United States head back to school soon! If you do any back to school shopping online, please remember that you can help children in need with just an extra click.

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Love Without Boundaries is grateful to be a charity partner of amazon.com! As back to school shopping kicks into high gear, we wanted to provide a brief summary of ways that the dollars you spend through Amazon can go towards helping kids without parents able to buy them back to school supplies. Read more.

Faith: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This June, a beautiful one-year-old girl named Faith entered our Lanzhou foster care program.

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As you can see above, Faith has been practicing her crawling skills!  She enjoys playing with her younger foster sibling and of course her foster mother. Faith has a healthy appetite and likes to eat foods such as apple and mango mud, goat milk and soft noodles. Read more.

Special Needs Adoption: Focus on Hepatitis B

Today, July 28, is World Hepatitis Day. Statistics tell us that approximately one-third of people infected with hepatitis B worldwide live in China. It is therefore not surprising that Hepatitis B is a fairly common condition among orphaned children in China. Although hepatitis B is classified as an infectious disease and can therefore be quite frightening to people, many children live with this disease with very few side effects and grow up to live long and healthy lives as adults.

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What is Hepatitis B? Hepatitis B is an infection of the liver that is caused by a virus. Read more.

The Unity Initiative: Changing Lives

Ten years ago, a team of LWB volunteers traveled to Henan to provide surgeries for orphaned children.  What happened there in 2005 changed the lives of these volunteers and became the seed of an idea that blossomed into our Unity Initiative.

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As word of the surgeries spread, a crowd of families began to form at the hospital. These families were mostly rural farmers who were unable to afford life-changing surgeries that their children desperately needed, and many of them had walked for days to reach the hospital, clinging to the hope that their children could possibly be healed. Read more.

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