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In just three months, a team of experienced medical professionals and volunteers will be heading to China for our 2016 Cleft Medical Exchange. Waiting for them there will be dozens of children, along with their caregivers and families, waiting for the opportunity to have life-changing cleft repair surgery.
As anyone whose child has had surgery knows, recovery can be a difficult time for both the child and their concerned caregiver. Read more.
As 2015 comes rapidly to a close, many media outlets are running summaries of the year. One of the things my family noticed yesterday is that so much of the reported news was about tragedy. I know many of us who are parents wonder how the continual “news of the bad” is impacting our children.
A few weeks ago, I took my kids to a major theme park in Florida, and as hundreds of families like ours were climbing aboard the tram to the main entrance, my 11-year-old looked around and said, “There isn’t enough security here. This is the perfect place for a terrorist attack.”
It hit me so strongly that this is the reality of our children’s thoughts now. They go to school and do “intruder drills” to prepare for the worst, while the internet and 24/7 news make it almost impossible to shield them from things we wish they didn’t have to see.
It would be easy to fall into the mindset that the world is completely going downhill. Read more.
Tiny Violet’s life has been a real struggle so far.
On November 10th, she joined us at our Heartbridge Healing Home at five months old, weighing just 2.2 kg or 4.8 pounds. Even with our nannies’ best efforts and special formula and bottles, Violet is not gaining as she should. We hope that she will turn a corner soon, grow stronger, and gain enough weight for her cleft lip repair surgery. Read more.
This past July, we were contacted by an orphanage in far southern China who had three little girls with unrepaired cleft lip.
They asked if we could possibly take them into our healing homes program, and then when they were healthy enough for surgery, arrange for their operations. We were happy to welcome Amy, Millie, and Lola (pictured left to right in the above photo) soon after to our care. Yes, that’s a whole lot of cuteness! Read more.
Many of you have followed the story of Tim, a wonderful young man who grew up in the Kaifeng orphanage in Henan province. When LWB volunteers first met Tim back in 2006, he was just 14 years old. He became part of our education program, and we learned very quickly just what a wonderful student he was.
Tim in 2006
When she was approximately six weeks old, Caitlin arrived at LWB’s Anhui Healing Home (AHH) with a fever and congestion.
She not only struggled with taking in enough nutrition due to her cleft lip and palate, but she also struggled to stay healthy. The loving nannies at AHH immediately set off to change things for the better for Caitlin. Read more.
Are you looking for a way that you can really make a difference in the life of one specific child?
Many people have a heart for orphaned children but are not in a position to adopt. One meaningful way that you can become a part of a child’s life story and change their lives for good is by becoming a foster care sponsor. Read more.
Have you ever wanted to be a hero for children in need? If so, we invite you to consider joining TeamLWB to make a difference in the life of a child!
Perhaps you want to help but just don’t know where to begin. Maybe you have a great idea for a fundraiser but need help spreading the words about your project and plans. If so, let us tell you about TeamLWB! Read more.