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A Helping Hand To Rural Families: Our Unity Initiative

One-year-old Sharmaine lives in a rural village in Anhui province, a region known for growing traditional Chinese herbs and medicine. When she was born, however, she needed far more than the ancient healing methods available. Sharmaine was quickly diagnosed with a congenital heart defect that required surgery.  Her parents and aging grandmother were sadly unable to pay for the life-saving operation she needed. 

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2017 Cleft Bottle Campaign

Babies who are born with cleft lip or palate often have difficulty gaining weight. This leads to babies with cleft being diagnosed as failure to thrive and even sadly passing away. We are hoping to prevent this problem by bringing cleft bottles to children in Asia.

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Baby Niles: A Unity Fund Success Story

In late June, we were asked to help a seven-month-old baby from rural Anhui province named Niles. Niles was born with a congenital heart defect and had suffered from recurring pneumonia his entire life. Doctors recommended that Niles have heart surgery, but his family was unable to afford the steep cost.

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Love From Timothy, Titus, Willow, and Oskar

Four children wait to be chosen for adoption in Guizhou, China. While they wait, these four kids have been living as siblings in a wonderful, busy foster family, having fun adventures and loving life! We want to share some of their latest photos and adventures with you. Timothy is seven years old. Described as a […]

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LWB’s Unity Fund

LWB’s Unity Fund has been in place for over a decade now.  This special medical initiative was created in 2006 after rural families, distraught and hopeless over not being able to afford medical care for their often critically ill children, learned we were helping those who were orphaned. In their desperation, we had many families offer to give up their children if it meant they could finally receive the medical care they needed. Some of you might remember the photo which made us all realize just how essential family preservation efforts are in rural communities, as no mom or dad should ever have to believe that abandonment is the only choice when it comes to saving the life of their child.

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Congenital Heart Defects: The World’s Most Common Birth Defect

Congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect seen worldwide and are a major cause of serious morbidity and mortality in infancy. In 2011, a study was done in China to observe the prevalence of heart defects among babies in Shanghai, which found a prevalence of 18.7 per 1,000 births. This is a significantly higher prevalence than found in North America in the same year, with 6.9 babies per 1,000 being born with heart defects.

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Heart Surgery for Baby George

Baby George, just four months old, needs immediate heart surgery.

Since his birth in December, George has already been through five hospitalizations for colds and pneumonia. His parents brought him to a hospital in Anhui this week hoping to find a solution for their precious son. Doctors examined their son and have determined that the large hole in his heart requires immediate surgery. Read more

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Tiny Tessa’s Progress

Tiny Tessa is a little fighter!

Several weeks ago, an orphanage in Anhui called us about a newborn preemie who had been left on her own. We called her Tessa. Read more.

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Today Is World Down Syndrome Day

March 21 is World Down Syndrome day, a day set aside to recognize and raise awareness for individuals with Down Syndrome. Over the years we have seen the number of children with Down Syndrome in our foster care program grow, and we are thrilled that they get to grow up as a beloved part of their local communities. Many of the children we featured as waiting for adoption last year are still waiting in 2017, so we want to take a moment today to once again highlight these incredible kids. Read more

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International Day Of Happiness

March 20 is not only the first day of spring, but it’s the International Day of Happiness!  With not one but two things to celebrate, we thought we’d share some things that bring us happiness:

Happiness is…hot lunches and full tummies!

Our Nutrition programs in Cambodia and Uganda ensure that children in our Education programs receive a hot, nutritious lunch each day. Read more.

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