In rural Cambodia, traditional norms often value women less than men. Young girls finish school far less often than boys as they are often pressured to drop out to help at home. In fact, some studies estimate that over 50% of the women in rural villages are illiterate, with little chance of ever breaking the cycle of poverty in which they live.
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The start of a new year is always a great time for reflection, and here at LWB we love the month of January as a time to remember all of the beautiful children who came into our hands the year before. Over the next three days, we want to share some of the highlights from our Medical program, as supporters like you helped so many incredible kids receive life-changing medical care. Let’s go month by month to remember some of the very special children you impacted.
One summer seven years ago, a baby boy was born with a cleft lip and palate. When he was several months old, he came into LWB care, and we named him Aiden. Aiden grew in our Anhui Healing Home and had his cleft repaired through our Medical program when he was six months old. Read more.
In August, seven-month-old Andrew became a graduate. Not a graduate of a school, but a graduate of our Anhui Healing Home where he had been a resident for five months. Andrew was born with a cleft lip and palate and lived at our healing home while preparing for his surgery and for several months after his cleft repair. We are thankful that Andrew was able to go from the nannies’ care directly into the arms of a loving foster family in Fuyang! Read more.
What? It’s time to graduate already?
That’s right, Andrew! You and your buddies Walter and Henry from our healing homes program have grown and thrived and made us smile. As much as our healing home nannies and sponsors will miss you and your antics, we know that it’s time for you to graduate to the next chapter of your life: living with a foster family. Read more.
Many rural, farming families seeking medical care for their cleft-affected children must travel long distances over difficult terrain. The nearest hospital may be located many hours or even a day’s journey from their homes in the countryside, and most families travel by long-distance bus or trains to get their child medical help. Not only is travel difficult, but they must also arrange for time away from their fields and farms, or herds, or ask for time away from their jobs.
Medical care in China must typically be paid for up front, and it can be difficult for families to learn that they don’t have adequate funds for the surgery their child needs after they have made such a long journey. Read more.