LWB’s Sanmenxia Foster Care Program has expanded recently to take in six new children. Anthony is one of these new children. He is nearly 17 months old and is described as a healthy little boy. Our manager made his first visit this month to see this little boy and reports that he has become very attached to his foster mother. Read more.
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Beautiful Kaifeng was the next stop on our volunteers’ journey. Known as one of the Seven Ancient Capitals of China, it is a lovely city to visit in Henan province. Our volunteers Arlene, Sidney, and Barbara had a full day visiting the Kaifeng orphanage, seven children in foster care, the Starbridge Healing Home, and then dining at a typical Hot pot restaurant.
After a four hour drive from Sanmenxia, we arrived in Kaifeng. Bright and early the next morning we started out by visiting the recently renovated Kaifeng orphanage. Our first stop was the pink toddler room where we were greeted by many adorable faces. Read more.
In October 2013, three LWB volunteers visited foster care programs in Henan and Anhui provinces. Today we want to share a few photos and stories from their visit to Sanmenxia, in Henan province (northern China).
Love Without Boundaries has had a foster care program in Sanmenxia for several years now. However, it was growing smaller as more and more children in our care were adopted (a good problem to have!) Orphanage officials asked us to a meeting to discuss expanding the program to include new children.
We met with the directors of the orphanage and met many children they wished could be considered for LWB foster care. Read more.
Michael, from LWB’s Sanmenxia Foster Care Program, was recently adopted! Throughout his journey with us, he continually amazed us with the amount of progress he made in terms of his health and development. He is truly a fighter and overcame so much in his first two years of life.
Back in late January we shared the sad news that our Henan Healing Home was asked to close, following an unrelated fire at the house of a Chinese woman who had been fostering orphaned children. As you might know many other charities were also impacted by the fire, as officials worked to decide who exactly was allowed to care for orphaned children. At the time we of course were devastated, as we had the most incredible team of dedicated nannies in place to care for extremely fragile babies. We were told to be patient as new policies were put into place.
Today we are so excited to announce that LWB has been approved to open a new healing center, Starbridge Healing Home, in Henan Province, in full cooperation with the government. Read more.
Molly is an adorable four-year-old girl who has been diagnosed with Down Syndrome. Last fall Molly’s orphanage agreed to place her in LWB’s Sanmenxia Foster Care Program. This sweet young girl has truly thrived with the experience of receiving one-on-one attention and being in a family setting.
Molly’s foster mother has worked with her on manners, social skills such as greetings, feeding herself, and being safe by holding hands and not walking in the street. Read more.
Just in time for Easter, we bring you the tale of Isabella Bunny!
Once upon a time a little bunny named Isabella lived in a village in Henan with her foster grandma, foster grandpa, and foster brother. Isabella was six years old and was known throughout the village as an easygoing, mild-mannered girl full of happiness and joy. Read more.
I ended Friday’s blog by saying that the shift in orphanage populations has significantly changed the responsibilities of nannies over the years. A decade ago, the nannies were caring for 10-15 children at a time in the main baby rooms….but on the whole, these were primarily “healthy” babies. Now they are often caring for the same number of children, but ones who have medical needs. Their jobs can be difficult indeed. I will never forget walking into a rural orphanage in a western province and seeing a nanny thread a worn looking rubber tube down the throat of a baby with cleft. She then proceeded to pour milk drop by drop into the tube. She explained that the child was unable to suck from a regular bottle, and so she had come up with this homemade NG tube on her own to save his life. Read more.
While we wish we could post the photo of every child we helped in 2012, we hope you will enjoy this much shorter snapshot of some of the joys of this last year!
In January, we celebrated our Unity Fund, which works to heal poor, rural children so that families can stay together. HeQing’s father had no financial means to heal his precious daughter’s heart, and we are so grateful to our donors who gave her this second chance at a healthy life. As you can see, her smile absolutely lit up the hospital ward! Read more.
Dr. John Ness celebrated his birthday on our 2012 cleft trip in Henan Province. Dr. Ness has traveled to China with LWB multiple times, performing surgery on children born with cleft lip.
His wife wanted a picture of how he spent his special day healing babies. Originally we were going to take a photo with just a few children, but the orphanage nannies wouldn’t accept that as they all wanted THEIR babies in the picture with Dr. Ness. Soon everyone gathered around, singing “Happy Birthday” in Mandarin, while piling babies on his lap!