Tag Archives: Believe In Me

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just when the caterpillar thought the world was over, it became a butterfly. ~ Anonymous

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a classic children’s picture book by Eric Carle. Last month, all of our Believe in Me orphanage schools participated in a curriculum unit focused on this much-loved book, and the students seemed to really love and relate to the learning activities! Read more.

A Grant for Grant

Introducing Grant, LWB’s newest Adoption Assistance Grant recipient!

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Grant is a sweet and curious eleven-year-old boy who has just entered our foster care program in Shantou. This handsome boy may look familiar to some of you as he was in our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shantou for the past six years prior to its closing. We would love to see Grant find his forever family in 2015! Read more.

Snapshots of 2014

On this very last day of 2014, we give thanks for all the lives changed this year because of your support. This week we’ve been reflecting on just how much we have accomplished together and have chosen a few special moments to highlight. Join with us in remembering a very special year of hope and healing, and please know that none of it would have been possible without you.

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A Letter From Dad: Love Starts Here

“Love Starts Here” is our inspiration and our year-end theme, and this December we have been sharing stories that demonstrate LOVE in action. The final story we want to share for 2014 comes from Jasmine, a girl near and dear to our hearts.

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Jasmine was formerly in LWB’s Believe in Me school in Liupanshui as “Lauren” and was adopted just before she turned 14 — the age at which orphaned children in China are no longer eligible for adoption.  Read more.

Kisses From Joshua: Love Starts Here

Imagine a little boy who loves his friends and teachers so much that at the end of the school day, he blows them kisses!

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Two year old Joshua is in our preschool class at our Believe In Me orphanage school in Huainan. Joshua is a cheerful, energetic and happy little boy who enjoys school and likes to instruct the class alongside his teachers.
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Qingyang: Love Starts Here

Several months ago, we were contacted by some parents who had adopted from the Qingyang orphanage in Gansu province. They wondered if we would consider starting any of our programs here, and so we began discussions with local officials about which of our projects might benefit the children in their care.

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This orphanage has over 100 children born with medical needs, and many of them are unable to attend public school. Because of this, we decided that opening one of our Believe in Me schools onsite would be a great first partnership. Read more.

Worth the Risk

Does the adoption of an older child carry a greater risk for both the child and the family that will be created? This is a question I most certainly asked myself two years ago as I studied the file of a older child living in an orphanage in China, in the city of Changzhi.

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Parents often worry that older children will experience attachment issues that will make it difficult for them to bond with their new family. I worried about this.
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Adam: Mr. Sunshine

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Rarely do you meet someone who appears to exude pure light and joy. Last week, my colleague Kate Finco and I had the amazing experience of meeting a young man who did just that. Adam, a seven-year-old student from our Lanzhou Believe In Me School, absolutely stole our hearts! We just couldn’t get over the very big presence of this little guy.  When we found out his adoption file is on the shared list, we couldn’t wait to share our impressions of him in the hope that his family will find him soon. Read more.

Good-For-You School Snacks

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Why are these students from LWB’s Believe in Me schools smiling? Perhaps it is because learning is fun. Maybe it is because they are enjoying playing new games with their friends. Or it could be that they are enjoying a snack. Shhh — don’t tell them that it is nutritious! Read more.

Tomas: Eight is Great!

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Tomas just had a birthday and is now eight years old!  Like most children, he’s probably very excited to be getting older and growing up. However, we always worry that the older a waiting child gets — especially a boy — the slimmer their chances for finding a permanent family.  We hope Tomas’ sweet, shy nature and winning smile will capture a family’s heart soon. Read more.

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