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.
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Surgeries begin one week from Monday on our 2014 Cleft Medical Exchange! We would like to introduce you to some of the children who will be having surgery.
Little Winston entered our Anhui Healing Home when he was a newborn. Now four months old, Winston has gained enough weight to have his cleft lip surgery. Winston is attached to his nanny and cries when she leaves his sight. He recently learned to roll over and likes to play with toys that make noise.
In 2013 LWB opened a new education program at an orphanage in Guangdong Province. This new relationship helped open the doors for the cleft-affected children in their care to finally get the surgery they need. Aimee and Harley saw four of their friends leave and come back with new beautiful smiles, and now it’s finally their turn.
Aimee is four years old and has had to live for far too long with an unrepaired cleft lip and palate. This sweet girl especially enjoys art and music in class and likes to play with toy cars. Because of her appearance, Aimee is treated poorly and called names. Read more.
In November, five children traveled to Shanghai to receive free cleft lip and palate surgeries at Fudan Hospital. A month before, Fudan contacted us to offer children in our programs these free surgeries to celebrate the opening of their new charitable organization, Bestway. We scrambled to line up the children in time to travel, knowing this was a wonderful opportunity to receive very quality repairs.
One of the major stumbling blocks we faced was finding caregivers to stay with the children in the hospital. Grace and Tony came from an orphanage in Guangdong Province where we recently started an education program, and there weren’t enough nannies from their orphanage to send on the trip. Read more.
Sweet friends Jace and Raina are healing nicely from their cleft lip surgeries they had two weeks ago. They were the first cleft children entrusted to us by their orphanage in Guangdong Province, and we are so glad they are recovering well!
To help show what a huge difference cleft lip surgery can make, we wanted to share their “before” photos. Aren’t their repairs gorgeous? Read more.
Somersaults, building with blocks, riding bikes, playing in the sand, and learning how to make new friends: precisely what childhood should be filled with. But what is missing from this picture? A permanent family.
Some orphaned children like Fynn are fortunate to be placed with a foster family. They get to experience life in a family environment, which is a great second to having a permanent family. Read more.
This September, Love Without Boundaries will be opening a brand new Believe in Me School in Shaoguan, a mountainous area in Guangdong province. In preparation for this exciting new venture, all three new teachers and one aide attended the LWB teacher training in Huainan a few weeks ago. This month, they will go to a Montessori training academy for two weeks of training. Once they return and get their classrooms organized, the school will open with 29 children in three classes! Below is a sneak peek of the Shaoguan kids. We have a suspicion that the new teachers are going to have a lively time with this group! Read more.
LWB’s Orphanage Assistance program has a remarkable story to share with you this month. A special lady named Ashley, who is waiting to go to China to adopt her daughter from an orphanage in the Guangdong province, wanted to do something to help out her daughter’s orphanage. She set out to fundraise enough to buy an incubator for the orphanage to benefit children born prematurely. She got some of her artist friends to design prints to be emailed to donors and then posted these prints and information about the fundraiser on her blog. Read more.
Last month 49 children received cleft lip or palate surgeries during LWB’s Cleft Medical Exchange in Kaifeng. One of those precious children was a very special little girl named Emily. Eighteen months ago Emily was born, missing both legs and one arm. When Amy Eldridge, LWB’s executive director, and Sheri Russon, LWB’s administration director, visited China in March, they met sweet Emily at her orphanage in Guangdong Province. They knew that this little one would need a little extra help finding her forever family and set the wheels in motion for her to be able to receive surgery during the cleft trip. Read more.
We first learned about little Gracie when she was enrolled in one of our nutrition programs in Guangdong Province. As soon as we were sent her photo, we began to get opinions on how to best help her. We learned from several physicians who looked at her pictures that she was most likely born with a condition known as Treacher Collins Syndrome.
Children with this condition have issues with their facial structure, but they usually have normal intelligence. We first posted Gracie’s photo to our Facebook page several months ago, and the response was just incredible. Read more.