Grace, Full of Life!

Grace is a little girl full of life!

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As a part of our Education program in Hunan since 2012, Grace is known to be very polite and neat at school.  Her teachers have seen two years of her enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Now, the hope is that she will bring that to a family through adoption! Read more.

Christi: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Recently LWB received an urgent call about a baby who had just been brought into the orphanage. The baby was rushed to a children’s hospital in a larger city that had the experience to deal with her unique special need: gastroschisis.

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Babies with gastroschisis are born with some of their internal organs on the outside of their body. This birth defect occurs in only 1 out of every 10,000 births. Read more.

2014 Teacher Training: Moving Right Along!

The 2014 Teacher Training  is moving right along!

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On the second day of the training, Mary Beth Doerr showed teachers how to stretch and position children with cerebral palsy. Read more.

Every Child Counts

Eleven years ago, LWB was begun to help save the lives of four beautiful children with heart disease. Since that time, hundreds of children born with heart defects have found healing and then adoption, all thanks to your support.  With the rise of birth defects in China over the last decade, however, the children we are asked to help by orphanages have increasingly complex conditions. Thankfully, we have a partnership with one of the top pediatric cardiac hospitals in China, and so these precious babies have the best chance possible of being healed.

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This week we have three children at Children’s Hospital of FuDan University in Shanghai: Jane, Patrick, and Dominic. Read more.

2014 Teacher Training Kicks Off

LWB’s 2014 Teacher Training has officially kicked off! We’re happy to report that the teacher training team and teachers and staff have all arrived safely in Shaoguan.

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They spent much of Tuesday traveling to Shaoguan, Guangdong province, the location of one of our Believe in Me schools. When they arrived in the afternoon, Helen, Education manager for Shaoguan and Yvonne, Education Director in China, greeted the team and took them shopping for some workshop supplies. Read more.

Christopher: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

LWB’s Foster Care Program has recently opened a new location in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, and we would like to introduce you to one of our newest recruits: ten-month-old Christopher.

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Described as cheerful and lively by his foster family, he loves to crawl around and is learning how to pull himself up to stand. Soon he will be taking those first tottering steps, cruising around the furniture, and stepping out to a claim the independence of a toddler. Read more.

Emergency Medical Treatment for Baby Christi

Last week we got a call in the early hours of the morning that a newborn wrapped in an old yellow blanket had been discovered outside the gate of a local orphanage. When the nanny uncovered her, she saw that the little girl had been born with several of her organs on the outside of her body. This life-threatening condition (called a large omphalocele) only occurs in about 1 in 10,000 births. Baby Christi needed emergency medical treatment to survive.

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Thankfully, our team members were able to immediately take Christi to the provincial children’s hospital a few hours away where she was immediately placed in the PICU. Read more.

Megan

Since 2005 when she was just a baby, Megan has been a resident of our foster care program. Like any child in our programs, we had dreams for Megan that included seeing her in the arms of her forever family. However, we did not know that her adoption file was available until this past week. We’re so excited that Megan too will have her chance to have a family of her own!

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When she was still an infant, Megan was matched with a family.  However, that potential placement was disrupted prior to finalization when clear signs of cerebral palsy were discovered. Now nine years old, we have watched her grow up from her baby days to the beautiful girl that she is now. Read more.

Happy Teeth

We can’t help it. When we saw Carter this month, the song “Happy” started playing in our heads. If only we were all this happy when we brushed our teeth, no one would ever be afraid of the dentist!

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We have had another great quarter in the Safe Dental Care program, thanks to your support. Due to the donations we have received so far, we were able to begin this program in five of our Believe in Me schools – Changzhi, Jinjiang, Huainan, Lanzhou, Liupanshui, and Shaoguan. Read more.

We’re Excited for Elaine!

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Since entering our Believe in Me school in Liupanshui in 2012, Elaine has made great progress. At the beginning what was most noticeable was her desire to help and understand her new surroundings.  Everything was new and different to her, so it took her some time to warm up. She obviously paid close attention and her teachers saw that she was making strides to interact more with others, learn how to verbalize herself and play with the other children. Read more.

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