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.
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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 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.
Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley. Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.
No child should have to grow up in an orphanage. But, for those children who do live in orphanages, we wish we wish all of them would have access to education. LWB has created Believe in Me schools inside orphanages so that children born with special needs can have their own opportunity to go to school. This summer, we held a week long training for teachers from all of our orphanage schools.
Over the last few weeks, many children we know have excitedly shopped for brand new school supplies, filled their lunch boxes with delicious snacks, strapped on their backpacks, and posed for first day of school photos, before climbing onto a big yellow bus headed for the adventure of a new school year. It has been a time of excitement. anticipation, and maybe a little nervousness. Education is the promise of exploration, discovery, growth, and stimulation. For children with special needs in China, however, the opportunity to experience all these things is very limited and often an impossibility. Read more.
It was 2011, and Yago had just entered our Believe in Me School in Changzhi. We knew then that he needed special care for his leg.
Over the years, however, we have learned through consulting with experts that the best opportunity for Yago to receive the ongoing care that he needs for his condition is to be cared for by a family able to thoroughly address and consistently manage his care. Read more.
Have you ever fallen in love? Have you ever fallen in love with more than one person? I have. I fell in love with 32 people in one week! “Impossible!” you may say, and a few weeks ago I might have agreed. But then I had the incredible honor of attending the 2014 Teacher Training in Shaoguan, China and “Bam!” — I fell in love 32 times!
Grace is a little girl full of life!
As a part of our Education program in Hunan since 2012, Grace is known to be very polite and neat at school. Her teachers have seen two years of her enthusiasm and cheerfulness. Now, the hope is that she will bring that to a family through adoption! Read more.