Little Joe’s Journey to His Forever Family

This photo is the very first one taken of Little Joe.

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Many of you might remember that Little Joe was born in late summer of 2014 with his intestines on the outside of his body — a rare condition called gastroschisis.  Sadly, before he was found by the police, he was exposed to the elements, and part of his intestine dried out. Read more.

Lucas: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

One of the newest babies in our Healing Homes program is Lucas. This little guy entered orphanage care when he was just a few days old.

Lucas was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate which could have led to feeding and weight gain issues. Read more.

The Shanxi Seven: Planning Cleft Surgeries

During our Cleft Medical Exchange in April, we were honored to be able to help Charlie, a little boy from an orphanage in Shanxi province. Charlie was the first child that this orphanage had ever entrusted to our care, and we of course were thrilled to be able to provide him with surgery to repair his unilateral cleft lip. What a difference it made for him!

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Charlie returned to his orphanage following his time in the hospital in Henan. His orphanage was very pleased with his repair and recently asked us if we could help seven other children also receive cleft repair surgeries. Read more.

Birthday Boy Peter

When little Peter was ten months old, he moved into our foster care program in Changzhi.  This week, he is celebrating a birthday and turns four years old. What a perfect time to celebrate his accomplishments!

As you can see, Peter has big bright eyes and a smile that lights up the room. Read more.

Finn: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Please join us in welcoming Baby Finn to our Xinzhou Foster Care program in Jiangxi!  This beautiful little baby will now grow up in home-based care versus spending his days in a welfare institution.  His foster family is learning more about him each day and is working diligently to learn how to meet his physical and emotional needs.

Born prematurely, Finn has gained in strength. Read more.

Briella: Cleft Surgery for a Nomadic Family

Although we have done some work on the Tibetan Plateau through our Unity Initiative, we recently received our first application from a Mongolian family living there:  Briella and her mom. Briella’s mother is a nomadic herder on the remote grasslands of Qinghai province. During the summer, mother and daughter live in a tent as they follow a herd of grazing yaks. In the winter, when temperatures can get to -30 Celsius, they live in an earthen house with other herders in a remote village. Read more.

Meet Landon

Today we would like to introduce you to a little boy named Landon who lives in an orphanage in Anhui province. Isn’t he a handsome guy?

Landon is ten years old and was born with microtia, a congenital issue where the external ear is underdeveloped. Read more

Relief for Maci and Her Family

Our Unity Initiative was designed to help impoverished families remain together, despite the sometimes overwhelming costs of medical care for children needing surgeries and medical care.  A new family just learned of our Unity Initiative, and we are honored to have the opportunity to be able to help them get surgery for their daughter, Maci.

This family’s income is just $500 per year, and it is not exaggerating to state that they truly do not have money to spare. We can imagine how their hearts sank when they learned that their baby daughter had a heart defect that would require surgery. Read more

Mango, Watermelon, Strawberries and Bananas!

With the onset of summer, the children in our Education Nutrition program are enjoying the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables as part of their schoool “snack”.

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Jacqueline: Blossoming at Our Qingyang Believe in Me School

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about. ~Marilyn Monroe

One of the best things about our Believe In Me orphanage schools is seeing students who may not otherwise have a chance of attending school begin to blossom and grow in the classroom setting. Eleven-year-old Jacqueline from the Qingyang orphanage is one such student. She has cerebral palsy and limb differences and uses an assistive device to walk, so attending a public school would not be possible for her in China.


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