Tag Archives: Believe In Me

The Shoe That Grows

For most of us, being barefoot brings to mind thoughts of relaxing by the pool or the beach, watching TV on the couch, or going to bed. It’s a choice. Since beginning our work in Africa, many of us have been struck by the reality that being barefoot for Uganda children is ordinary and every day. These children do not wear shoes because, quite simply, they do not have shoes to wear.

Being barefoot throughout the day may be common in Uganda, but it is hazardous to their health. Read more

Looking Sharp in School Uniforms

In Cambodia, school uniforms are very important. They impart a sense of pride in one’s school as well as a sense of belonging. The students at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia recently received their new school uniforms, and we love the proud looks on their faces as they model them for us! Read more

Change For Change

Last weekend, I was part of a heartwarming project that will benefit the children from LWB’s Believe in Me Kabale school in Uganda. This was a relatively easy project to do with the youth at my church, and one which I believe can have a real impact on both the children at the school in Uganda but also the children here in the U.S. who have been inspired to help.

Thank you to the Abiding Presence Lutheran youth groups for assembling 40 CHANGE FOR CHANGE coin collection jars. Each family took a jar home, and we had some to spare so other families in the congregation could participate in this fundraiser to bring hope to the village. Read more

Life in Sokhem Village

Ninety percent of Cambodians living in extreme poverty live in the rural countryside. Some of the poorest villages are located along the border of Thailand, which is where LWB is now working. Children in this region often live in remote villages, with little access to basic social services such as health care or a nearby school.

Last October, we made a commitment to the children of Sokhem Village, many whom are left behind all day while their parents travel to Thailand in search of work. Read more.

The Resilience of Anna

Five-year-old Anna has had a truly difficult year so far.

In early February, she accidentally fell into the cooking fire at home and received very painful burns. Anna was rushed to the hospital where she received medical treatment. Now, she is back in school and is slowly regaining her health and stamina. Our hearts are saddened over what this beautiful child has endured, but Anna showed us all her gentle resilience when she shared the sweetest smile less than a week after her discharge from the hospital. Read more.

How One Photo Introduced Me to LWB — And Four Daughters

My husband, Cameron, and I have seventeen children. Eleven of those kids are adopted from Asia, and four of those eleven grew up in the same orphanage. The journey to those four “Huainan sisters” started with this photo:

Our adoption agency, Madison Adoption Associates, posted this picture advocating for a beautiful girl with an amazing smile. She had recently been adopted, but that adoption was disrupted in-country. Read more.

Uganda: Forever In My Heart

Uganda.

It’s hard for me to even begin to describe our visit to Karukoba Village, location of one of our newest Believe in Me schools. I had longed for the chance to travel and see the beauty of the country as well as the people that Love Without Boundaries CEO Amy Eldridge wrote about just last summer, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to visit Uganda last month with volunteer Christina Lindseth. I knew it would be an experience that would impact me forever in a profound way. Read more.

Field Trip!

A field trip is always a memorable experience in the life of a child! At the end of 2016, some of the children from our Believe In Me orphanage school in Huainan went on a fun field trip with their teachers to the big city of Hefei.

The children were taken to a special ‘career center’ where they learned about a wide range of professions such as policeman, fireman, nurse, model, dairy farmer, and chocolate maker. Read more.

Field of Dreams

For years, people have been misquoting the famous Kevin Costner film, Field of Dreams, by saying, “If you build it, they will come.” (The actual quote is “If you build it, he will come.”) But I just can’t resist misquoting it again because it fits so perfectly with our newest education project in Cambodia!

As we have written previously in our blog, Cambodia’s history under the Khmer Rouge was a brutal one, decimating the country’s education system and throwing millions into abject poverty. After the regime was overturned, the school system in Cambodia had to be rebuilt almost from scratch, and countless people grew up illiterate. Read more.

More Favorite Moments From Our Education Program in 2016

Join us as we share more of our favorite moments from our Education programs in 2016!

Gansu province is known for being quite windy in the spring time. Well the students at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Lanzhou were quite happy with this wind as it meant they had the chance to get outside to fly some kites. Read more.

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