Emergency Medical Fund

1kgpreemieOver 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 Through The Years

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.

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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.

Got Bibs? We Do, Thanks To You!

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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: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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!

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Joseph loves school and is always quick to join in. Read more.

Adventures and New Ventures in Lanzhou, Gansu

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.

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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.
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First Days of School at BIM Lanzhou

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Our newest Believe in Me school in Lanzhou is up and running! After several months of hard work that included training teachers and setting up classrooms, the school officially opened on March 3rd. Read more.

Jackie’s Heart Surgery

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.

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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.
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Jillian: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Jillian came to LWB’s attention late last summer. Her belly was alarmingly swollen, and she couldn’t absorb nutrition properly. LWB’s Medical Program arranged to have her rushed to the hospital for evaluation and treatment, where she was diagnosed with severe food allergies and a blood infection. The doctors prescribed IV antibiotics and a specialized formula called Neocate. Read more.

Precious Pearl

Pearl is, like her namesake, beautiful, rare, and precious.

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And very much like a pearl, she is a hidden treasure of the Waiting Children Program. Six years old, Pearl is living with a loving foster care family in Guizhou, but she is still waiting patiently for a family to call her own. Read more.

Celebrating World Down Syndrome Day

Today, we celebrate World Down Syndrome Day. In the past few years, we have cheered as we have seen China submit adoption paperwork for more and more children with Down Syndrome.  These precious children now have the chance to live life as part of a loving family…a family who will help them to realize their true potential and love them for the wonderful people they are.

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On this day of celebration and awareness, we are featuring some of the gorgeous waiting children in LWB programs who just so happen to have that extra special chromosome: Martin, Alan, Joseph, Niamh, and Luke! Read more.

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