Over the last decade, LWB has helped thousands of orphaned children find the hope and healing they deserve. We continually ask ourselves, however, what more we can be doing to help prevent abandonment and keep families together. Read more.
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LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange, held in April 2014, was a huge success. Thirty children received cleft lip or palate surgery performed by our very talented surgeons from the United States. The Exchange was a combined effort put forth by our American doctors, nurses, and volunteers, alongside the doctors and nurses from Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Here are a few of the wonderful transformations we witnessed.
Winston is six months old and has recovered beautifully from his cleft lip surgery one month ago. Read more.
This little guy with the great hair is Luce.
Luce was admitted to LWB’s Anhui Healing Home this spring as a one-month-old baby with a unilateral cleft lip and palate. From the very start Luce thrived on the care of his nannies, and it wasn’t long before he was smiling and trying to communicate his satisfaction. Read more.
It’s September 2003. A young couple living in rural China gives birth to sham bowtie – twins. But their hopes are dashed when they discovered their babies have cleft lips and palates that not only disfigured their tiny faces but left them unable to nurse. Without either the means or the knowledge, and certainly not the insurance, to care for one child with cleft, let alone two, their quandary was immense.
After three difficult days, they decided the twins’ best hope was the local orphanage. So poor they did not even have paper to write a note, the parents tore off a piece of a brown paper bag and wrote these heartfelt words: “Dear caring people, we are poor and unable to provide for our twins. Please keep them. They were born the 12th of September, 2003.” Read more.
It’s a baby boom in Xinzhou!
Our Xinzhou foster care program in Jiangxi province has just received four new baby girls! How exciting to see this program growing and taking more little ones into foster care. These baby girls are so new that we only have one photo of each of them, and they haven’t yet learned to smile for the camera. But don’t worry — we’re sure that we’ll be seeing smiles and open eyes from them soon enough. Read more.
Tony is a four-year-old boy in LWB’s Believe in Me school in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province. He had his cleft lip repaired this school year, an arrangement that we were able to make with a highly regarded hospital in a different province. They did a remarkable job, and he looks to have healed extremely well. He and the other children receiving surgery enjoyed special gifts and attention at the hospital.
When there are so many children who are waiting to be matched with families each day, it is not uncommon for a child to be looked over a few times before the perfect family for them finally finds them. Michael and Daisy are two such children. They have been waiting on the shared list for some time now and are currently in our education program in Chenzhou. We are so excited to be able to share the news that their orphanage has agreed to WAIVE their orphanage donation fee for any families interested in adopting these children!
Daisy is nine years old. This little flower is full of self-esteem and independence. Her confidence radiates as she performs, and she immediately volunteers herself to be chosen to be in activities or performances at her special needs school. Read more.
Like the action figures he so loves and with which he plays make-believe, Aiden is an active, outgoing little boy from our Zhang Village Foster Care Program who loves being the center of attention.
No longer the little baby that came into the care of LWB almost five years ago in need of cleft lip and palate surgery, Aiden enjoys the company of others and is friendly and cooperative. Read more.
We speak a lot about transformation as it’s so tangible on trips like our recent Cleft Exchange. But transformation also occurs in perhaps less apparent, but equally or more important ways.
Past. All the kids on these trips are so special, but sometimes there’s one or two that stand out to become somewhat of a trip mascot. In 2012, that was Emily. With a familiar round face and striking eyebrows, she could have been my eldest daughter’s sister. Unlike my daughter, however, Emily was born missing an arm and both legs, as well as having a unilateral cleft lip. But we were all quick to realize that her resilient spirit was much more apparent than her physical differences. Read more.
Saturday morning, the doctors made their final rounds on the patients they have come to love. This is always a very bittersweet time for a medical team, as they realize that such a wonderful experience is coming to a close.
It was time to say goodbye to all the great kids from Gansu. We are so thankful that the majority of them are in our new school program at their orphanage, so we can follow their healing closely. Read more.