We love how our supporters’ red threads sometimes weave their ways into our work, often helping many more children in the process. Last year we were contacted by a family who was adopting a child from an orphanage in Qianxi, Guizhou. In one of the photos they were given, they saw an older girl with an unrepaired cleft lip, and they wondered if LWB could possibly help. Read more.
While on my recent trip to China, I was able to visit several of the foster care programs we run there. Currently LWB has foster care in 18 Chinese cities, and we are always looking to expand to new locations because we believe so strongly that children do best being raised in quality family care.
At every location, I would visit both the local orphanage and then children in home care. Again and again, I was struck by the developmental differences between the two groups of children. Babies need families – pure and simple. And now, with the vastly changing population of orphaned children who almost all have special needs, I believe it is more important than ever to get orphaned children out into the local communities so that everyone can come to understand how amazing these kids are. Read more.
Over the last eleven years, more and more orphanages have trusted us and depended on us to help their children born with medical needs. In these cases, we first gather all of the important information about the child, have our medical advisors review their chart, and then we present their case on our website and advocate for funding. Once a child’s surgery is funded, we immediately make arrangements for them to move to the appropriate hospital.
However, some babies arrive into this world with conditions that cannot wait to be funded. Children born with anal atresia, for example, often will pass away if they do not receive surgery within 48 hours of being found. Read more.
Pei is a beautiful little girl who has been in LWB programs since she was just a tiny baby. When she first arrived to her orphanage, we enrolled her in our nutrition program so she could get the high quality formula she needed to thrive.
We followed her progress closely, and her nanny reported that she was a very curious little baby who loved to watch everything in the room. Before we knew it she had grown into a very healthy and active toddler. Read more.
When we asked for volunteers to make bibs and hats for our upcoming Cleft Exchange, we honestly had no idea what kind of response we would get. Were we ever surprised by the incredible outpouring of support for this project! The babies and children on the cleft exchange are going to be sporting the most stylish hatwear and neckwear anywhere in China! Read more.
Joseph is a lovable, friendly, and helpful boy at LWB’s Believe in Me Jinjiang School and has Down Syndrome. This 10-year-old boy always has a smile for his teachers and classmates, which brightens up everyone’s day!
Joseph loves school and is always quick to join in. Read more.
LWB recently opened a Believe in Me school program inside the Lanzhou orphanage in Gansu province. A team from the U.S. visited the school in late March, and we thought you might like learning a bit more about this region and our newest project.
As you fly into Lanzhou, you can immediately tell you are in an area very unlike the more populated eastern part of China. As far as you can see are brown, treeless mountains, fronted by a landscape which initially looks like desert. Once on the ground, however, you realize that the ground is not sand, but instead a powdery, dry silt. Of course this region was part of the famous Silk Road in China and so has a long and interesting history. The mountains are dotted with caves, which served as homes to many people during the 1950s to 1970s.
Jackie, an eight-year-old little girl with severe heart disease who was featured here previously (“Joyful Jackie Needs Our Help”), had her long-awaited heart catheterization. The good news is that the doctors in Shanghai have determined that Jackie’s heart is operable.
She was diagnosed with severe Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), Left Ventricular Dysplasia, and Patent Foramen Ovale (PFO), and the doctors said they have not seen a heart like Jackie’s before. Jackie’s heart surgery will be complex and risky, but we are thankful that she is in good hands at Children’s Hospital of Fudan University where we have sent many children for complex surgeries.