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Smile Cambodia

For the last thirteen years, LWB has sent medical teams to China to provide life-changing surgeries to both orphaned and rural children. In 2016, when we began our work in other countries, we immediately set a goal to expand our international outreach with this essential program as well. Many emails were sent to hospitals and organizations throughout southeast Asia introducing LWB and our Cleft Medical Exchange program. In February, we found the perfect opportunity for LWB’s first surgical trip outside of China.  Our team is very excited to partner with a wonderful organization called Smile Cambodia.

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Faye’s Dream

Little Faye is almost four years old. Due to her family’s financial hardship, both of her parents work as migrants far away from her hometown. Fortunately, Faye lives with her grandma and grandpa, who told us that she loves to sing and dance more than anything. They said she is like a little spirit who came out of a fairy tale to bring endless joy to them. Sadly, when she was one year old, doctors diagnosed her with severe pulmonary stenosis, and her family was unable to pay for her operation. For two years they worried and felt helpless, but thankfully this year they heard about LWB’s Unity Initiative and applied right away.

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Meet Our 2017 Cleft Exchange Team

We are excited to introduce our 2017 Cleft Medical Exchange Team! This dedicated group is headed to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in a few weeks for our very first Cleft Exchange in southeast Asia. The Exchange will run from October 16 through October 23. Doctors who donate their time and talents are the heart of any Cleft Medical Exchange. Three doctors going to Cambodia — Dr. Kathy Clinch, Dr. Neil Derechin, and Dr. Chris Tolan, have participated in five LWB surgical trips!

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Jason: Experiencing Life and Love With His Foster Family

We first met Jason in March of 2015 as a two-month-old little boy with a GI defect in need of immediate care. Following surgery and many months at the Anhui Healing Home, Jason’s medical needs were stabilized, and he was able to move out of the healing home and into LWB foster care. Jason was welcomed with open arms by a happy foster family in Anhui.

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Warmth for the Winter

LWB has been providing warmth to children on the Tibetan plateau for over a decade, bringing new coats, blankets, and mattresses to thousands of children there.  For our most recent project, LWB director Cindy Wu made the long journey to Zeku County, which is part of the Huangnan Tibetan Autonomous region in Qinghai province.  Vast grasslands and pastures stretch as far as the eye can see, and earthen houses dot the villages.

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A Teachable Moment

I am sure we have all had those frustrating moments in life when you stop and ask yourself if you are doing enough to teach your children. Mine came Tuesday afternoon when I volunteered for the first time in my daughter’s kindergarten class. I was shocked at the way the children treated their teacher.  I started thinking: Am I doing enough to teach my kids how to respect the institution of school and teachers who work hard for so little in return?

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Beth, The Smile Bearer

In fall of 2016, Beth arrived at the Mukono Baby Room under very sad circumstances. Her mother left the family, and Beth’s father was unemployed and unable to provide enough for her to eat. As a result, she was severely malnourished. At one year old, she weighed just 15 pounds. We can’t show you her photo here, but we will share that her ribs were clearly visible. Thankfully, Beth has overcome her sad beginnings and has happily settled into life at the Mukono Baby Room.

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The Mukono Baby Room: Spotlight on Nutrition

UNICEF estimates that around 2.3 million children in Uganda are chronically malnourished. Indeed, the majority of children in the Mukono Baby Room came to the Tenderhearts Healing Home severely ill from malnutrition. Chronic poverty, neglect due to parental alcoholism or drug abuse, misguided beliefs about feeding practices, prematurity, loss of a parent, HIV infection or other infectious diseases, and food insecurity are all contributing factors to the issue of childhood malnutrition.

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Scenes From School: Believe In Me Kabale

The second term of school at Believe In Me Kabale has ended, and children are now on a one-month vacation. We thought this would be the perfect time to present some scenes from school and highlights from the last term. We are very proud of these kids and their progress!

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Permanency for Orphaned Children

On my most recent trip to China, I visited multiple orphanages, both large and small. When my plane touched down I realized that it will soon be 15 years that I’ve been working with orphaned children, so obviously I’ve seen a lot of changes in that time. Despite multi-million dollar facilities being built in even […]

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