Unity Initiative: Helping Families From Yunnan

LWB’s Unity Initiative has been in place for eight years now, with the hope of relieving the desperation felt by rural families who cannot afford medical care for their children.  Recently, more and more families in the far western province of Yunnan have learned about this program, and in the last few weeks alone, we have had eight families apply for help.

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This week, we learned about a young couple who are farmers near Zhaotong, a mountainous and remote town in northeastern Yunnan. It is a six hour bus ride from their rural home to the capitol city of Kunming, and they arrived this week hoping someone would be able to help their baby daughter, whom we are calling Dulce, to have the cleft surgery she needs. Read more.

Quinn

On April 2, a tiny infant was found abandoned at the gates of an orphanage in Jiangxi, severely malnourished and dehydrated.  With him was a note from his birthparents.

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The birthparents’ note said that Quinn had been diagnosed with a metabolic disorder as well as a malformation of the colon. The concerned orphanage staff called us right away and asked if we could help save his life. Read more.

Val: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

On January 4, little Val came to stay with us at our Heartbridge Healing Home. She had just finished a round of IV pneumonia medication and needed some tender loving arms wrapped around her to talk sweetly and hold her close while rocking her to sleep.

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Life was tough for this little one, then ten months old. Born with a heart condition and Down Syndrome, Val struggled to pack on the pounds. She needed some extra weight on her tired little body in order to be able to fight her way through her much-needed heart surgery. Read more.

Do Small Things With Great Love Mother’s Day Necklace

In honor of Mother’s Day, Love Without Boundaries is offering a beautiful, custom designed necklace from Plunder Design with a special message: Do small things with great love. This custom LWB design and stamped metal tag are featured on a 30″ necklace that moms everywhere are sure to love.

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Your purchase of a necklace for the special mother and other women in your life will help fund LWB’s upcoming 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange, where 40 orphaned and impoverished children with cleft needs are scheduled to receive life-changing surgery later this month. Read more.

Four Special Students From Believe in Me Qingyang

This spring, students at our Believe In Me orphanage school in Qingyang have been busy with lots of fun enrichment activities. They have been celebrating Chinese New Year, reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle, learning about numbers and shapes, and eating lots of healthy snacks – all while having fun with their teachers and friends!

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We want to show you a typical day in the Qingyang Believe in Me classroom through the eyes of four very special students who are currently waiting to be matched with adoptive families:  Martin, Diane, Jane, and Samuel. Read more.

Roberta, Young Trailblazer

For most of her four years of life, Roberta has been living in the orphanage in Xiaoxian.  Just a few months ago, her orphanage felt that she was ready to experience life in a family, and we were so pleased to be able to offer her that opportunity. Roberta is the very first child with Down Syndrome to be placed with a foster family in her village!

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This young trailblazer is a beautiful and active four-year-old who knows her own mind. Her foster mom says that she never has to wonder what Roberta wants! Read more.

Blanket Delivery from Ireland for Harley and James

The story of conjoined twins Harley and James and their successful separation surgery has captured the hearts and minds of people around the world.  Several weeks ago, we told you the story of a group of Irish schoolgirls who made a blanket to auction off to raise funds for the twins, “SoRoZo: Nine-Year-Old Leaders of Hope“.  The person who won the quilt was none other than our very own Healing Homes Director, Julie Flynn Coleman, and she planned to donate the quilt to the boys.  Since their separation surgery was successful and Harley and James are now two separate boys, the schoolgirls decided to make another quilt so that they could each have their own.

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This past weekend, LWB volunteer Sherri Cox took the twins’ parents and grandmother out to lunch in a restaurant in Shanghai to check on the boys and deliver the blankets to them. Read more.

Callie’s Journey to a Family in China

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Found on a cold February morning weighing just over three pounds, preemie Callie was brought to an orphanage in eastern China. They called us immediately for assistance, and Callie was admitted to the hospital for emergency medical care. Read more.

United In Purpose: The 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange

Two weeks from today, a team from around the globe will be making their way to China for a united purpose:  LWB’s 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange.

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I’ve been volunteering for LWB Healing Homes for over three years now. I spend my days and weeks as part of an international team watching over and making plans for the fortunate little ones who come into care at our Anhui Healing Home (AHH). The ones who don’t enter LWB care are never far from my thoughts, either. I can’t wait to get my feet on the ground and meet children like little Chisholm face-to-face. Read more.

Flora: What Is Esophageal Atresia?

Meet tiny Flora, born earlier this month in Jiangxi province.

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Flora’s orphanage called us when they realized she had been born prematurely with an anorectal malformation called anal atresia (AA). When she came to the hospital, this little one weighed just 1.6 kgs. Our hospital manager told us she was so tiny that her head was no larger than his fist. Read more.

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