Gabe: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Ten-year old Gabe attends the our Believe In Me orphanage school in Shaoguan. Described by his teachers as a happy boy, we can see from these photos that it’s true. Gabe has a smile that can light up the room, and he is rarely seen without his famous grin!

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Gabe is very sociable and he gets along well with his classmates. Read more.

Bibs and No-Nos Needed

In just three months, a team of experienced medical professionals and volunteers will be heading to China for our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange. Waiting for them there will be dozens of children, along with their caregivers and families, waiting for the opportunity to have life-changing cleft repair surgery.

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As anyone whose child has had surgery knows, recovery can be a difficult time for both the child and their concerned caregiver. Read more.

Victor’s Day at our Believe in Me School

Our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi serves children with special needs who may not otherwise be able to attend school. Currently, 25 students are benefiting from the program, and we thought it might be fun to follow one little boy, Victor and get a glimpse into his days at school.

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Victor joined our Believe in Me school when he was nearly two years old. Now, he’s six years old, and we have seen him blossom. Read more.

Farewell to Laurel and Her Dad

Saying goodbye is often sad, but when we’re able to say goodbye knowing that a child we’ve come to care for is now able to function in life without crippling and constant pain, it’s a bittersweet farewell.

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Laurel came to our Loving ARMs Healing Home as a recipient of help through our Unity Initiative. She lives with her family in a remote part of the Tibetan Plateau, and she and her father literally had to climb a mountain to get medical care (read more in, “Climbing Mountains For Laurel“). Read more.

Breast Milk for Baby Glen

This fall, a baby was abandoned in Guizhou with a terribly bloated abdomen. His orphanage contacted us for help, and we agreed to get him medical care. We moved that baby, whom we named Glen, to the hospital.

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Glen’s doctors originally thought that he had a bowel obstruction, but then they realized he just has severe allergies to baby formula. Read more.

Home in 2015

Ten boys for whom we advocated came home with their forever families in 2015! Of course, over 100 other children from our programs were adopted last year. But these ten boys needed a little extra advocacy, and we are thrilled to know that after years of waiting, they are home at last.

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Best Buddies

Today we thought you might enjoy seeing some of the ‘best buddies’ pairs from our Believe in Me orphanage schools as they play and learn together. Forming friendships is an important part of development for all children. For children growing up in an orphanage without a family, friends are a crucial source of support and connection. We are so grateful that our Believe in Me schools foster safe and supportive environments for these friendships to flourish.

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Change (Lives) Jar

How many of you have made New Year’s resolutions? One common resolution is to get organized and declutter. Another is to do something productive with the year ahead by helping others. What if you could combine these two resolutions into one easy new habit that would both declutter and change lives at the same time?

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Dear LWB friends and supporters, we propose starting a Change (Lives) Jar for 2016. Read more.

Help for Conjoined Twins From Guizhou

At the end of last October, a very young mom from Guizhou went into labor. Later that evening, her life changed forever when she gave birth to twin baby boys. Very quickly, doctors discovered that the tiny boys had been born conjoined, an extremely rare condition which occurs when a fertilized egg only partially splits into identical twins. In the case of her sons, the babies remained joined together at the abdominal/bladder area.

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Joy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This beautiful baby came to us during the last week of 2015, during the season of joy — and thus was named baby Joy!

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Joy is ten months old and needs surgery as soon as possible to repair two holes in her little heart which are causing her health to fail. Joy also has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome, and it is fairly common for children with Down Syndrome to also have congenital heart issues. Read more.

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