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.
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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.
Whenever a child is well enough to leave our healing homes, we are sad to say goodbye but celebrate their “graduation.” Today we are happy to announce two graduations from our Heartbridge Healing Home and also introduce three new babies who arrived this summer!
First to graduate was little Violet. Read more.
LWB has been providing foster care to orphaned children in Changzhi, Shanxi since 2011.
Over the years we have celebrated the developmental progress the children have made when placed into home care, and we’d love to introduce you to some of the children currently being served in this program, thanks to your support. Read more.
This past weekend, four adorable kids from the Datong orphanage in Shanxi province began a long journey to finally receive life-changing cleft surgery. First came a five-hour bus ride to Beijing, followed by a five-hour train ride to Shanghai. Because we want every child to get the best repair possible, we arranged for them to be seen by a wonderful surgeon at Fudan University. We thought the children and their caregivers would be exhausted, but they were pretty happy when our China manager met up with them. We would like you to meet these brave travelers:
During our Cleft Medical Exchange in April, we were honored to be able to help Charlie, a little boy from an orphanage in Shanxi province. Charlie was the first child that this orphanage had ever entrusted to our care, and we of course were thrilled to be able to provide him with surgery to repair his unilateral cleft lip. What a difference it made for him!
Charlie returned to his orphanage following his time in the hospital in Henan. His orphanage was very pleased with his repair and recently asked us if we could help seven other children also receive cleft repair surgeries. Read more.
Although we have done some work on the Tibetan Plateau through our Unity Initiative, we recently received our first application from a Mongolian family living there: Briella and her mom. Briella’s mother is a nomadic herder on the remote grasslands of Qinghai province. During the summer, mother and daughter live in a tent as they follow a herd of grazing yaks. In the winter, when temperatures can get to -30 Celsius, they live in an earthen house with other herders in a remote village. Read more.
On Father’s Day in the US, many of us reflect on childhood memories with our father. Some of us are fortunate enough to spend Father’s Day surrounded by our family, making memories we hope will last for years to come. Fatherhood is definitely a privilege worthy of celebration.
As a Board Member of LWB, I have been blessed to witness a number of men show me what it truly means to be a father. Read more