Back in the summer of 2012, a tiny baby was discovered inside a cardboard box, wrapped carefully in a towel. She was extremely thin, with blue lips and fingers. When she was taken to the local orphanage, the nannies quickly realized she had issues with her heart.
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Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.
We first met Lily when she was a shy 13-year-old at an orphanage in Guangdong Province. She and the other teens at the social welfare institute where she lived were a close knit group of kids.
Over the next few years, through LWB’s Education Program, we have loved getting to know them all better. Lily was always so sweet to the younger kids when we would visit, and the orphanage director told us again and again what a kind and responsible person she was. We encouraged all of the teens we were working with to set big goals for themselves, and we told them that we would do everything possible to help their college dreams come true. Read more.
Excitement and anticipation are in the air as a team of five education professionals are making final preparations to head to China from their homes in Vermont, Virginia, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Arizona. Meanwhile, more than 30 teachers throughout China are getting ready to board trains for the same destination, the LWB Believe in Me School located within the social welfare institute in Shaoguan, Guangdong Province. So, why are all these educators from China and the USA coming together?
The 2014 LWB Teacher Training! Read more.
In early 2004, Love Without Boundaries was working with the Shantou orphanage in Guangdong province. Dr. Huang, the orphanage doctor at the time, told us how very sad he was that so many children in the orphanage were unable to attend school due to being born with special needs which weren’t readily accepted by society.
At the time, this included children born with issues such as missing limbs, albinism, cerebral palsy, and other health needs. Many public schools were not willing to accept these children as students, and so the Shantou orphanage had many children who were not receiving any type of education at all. Read more.
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.
Zi Xuan and his twin brother were born prematurely on February 14. Sadly, Zi Xuan’s twin passed away, and the surviving brother spent several weeks in an infant incubator in the hospital. He was diagnosed with biliary atresia, which caused severe jaundice.
Zi Xuan’s father is the only able-bodied worker in the family, and he had to remain in their hometown in Guangdong province to work while his wife and newborn son went to Shanghai in search of medical care. Read more.
One of the most memorable joys of parenthood is watching your child take their first steps. How proudly a parent shares that miracle with the world. Those first steps are steps out of babyhood and toward independence.
For children in an orphanage, especially children born with physical challenges like cerebral palsy, first steps are a struggle which require not only encouragement and opportunity, but a skilled caregiver. Read more.
Today was both an operating day and an education seminar day in China, so everyone on the team had very long hours. As we have mentioned in past blogs, LWB no longer does “missions,” but instead “exchanges,” as we want long-term impact to come from our trips. Today, surgeons from throughout Henan province came to Kaifeng for several training seminars, led by our team and the wonderful doctors at Kaifeng Children’s Hospital. Lots of useful information on cleft surgery and pediatric anesthesia was shared. Read more.
This week, all of the team members for LWB’s next international cleft surgery exchange are leaving for China. The babies and older children will start their journeys to Kaifeng this Friday as well, most arriving by train but a few coming by plane since they are from provinces far away from Henan. For a lot of them, it will be the first time they have left their orphanage, and our team will be waiting to give them the warmest welcome possible. Read more.