Tag Archives: Huainan

Wisdom Wednesday: Transitioning from Foster Care

As a foster care coordinator and someone who has adopted a child who was fostered, I often field questions from parents about how best to prepare themselves for adopting a child who was in foster care.

Grace from Huainan

Even the most prepared parents can find themselves caught off guard by their children’s behavior. Read more.

John David: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

When John David entered our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan at age two, he had to learn how to play. Being visually impaired, he was naturally cautious in school as he was surrounded by new sounds, toys, and textures.  But there was one class that really touched John David and helped him to grow stronger:  music appreciation.

John David1 March 2014

As he heard the music, John David became very excited and wiggled his entire body, strengthening his arms and legs and other muscles. In fact, it helped him learn to crawl — his first step towards becoming more independent! Read more.

Everything Education

With August drawing to a close, it seems like a great time to reflect on what’s happened this summer. Our Education program has been particularly active the last few months!

BIM Huainan morning exercises 8.15

From creating new classrooms for orphaned children with special needs children to Life Skills Camp for older teens and young adults, our team has been extremely busy. Read more.

Catey and Ander, Thriving with Special Formula

When a child enters our foster care program, we are concerned with all aspects of their development including how they are growing. Foster care managers visit the children in our programs once a month, and we can closely track their development.  Last spring, our foster care managers and coordinators noticed that Catey and Ander, who had already had cleft repair surgery, still weren’t gaining weight, and so they contacted our Nutrition program for help.

Catey 4.15Catey in April 2015

Sometimes children continue to have difficulty feeding even after surgery. When this happens, we turn to special formula to make every drop count. Read more.

Rebecca’s Story

At age 13, Rebecca was already a beautiful young lady when we opened our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan in the fall of 2007. At that time, Rebecca had recovered from heart surgery and was attending public school. She received tutoring services through LWB, which meant that she returned to the orphanage mid-day for lunch, and the teachers helped her then as well as in the evenings and on Saturdays. Even though she attended a public school, Rebecca joined the Believe in Me students on field trips and loved each one! Read more.

All About Aaron

As I general rule of thumb, I try to stay away from describing children with words that only point out their physical attractiveness. I just want to find something deeper in them and for them to read about themselves in the future, and for them to see something more than a cute face.  But when I saw this photo of Aaron – all I could think was how darn handsome and ADORABLE he is! Doesn’t this four-year-old face just melt your heart?!  I know I cannot be the only one.

Aarondrawing 6.15
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Curious Caleb

Caleb is an inquisitive and friendly boy in our Huainan Orphaned Student Support and foster care programs. Thanks to the donors of the Orphaned Student Support program, Caleb attends school with his foster brother Henry.

Caleb Ed Success Story 6.15
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2015 Teacher Training Has Begun!

Teacher training teams A and B have arrived at their first locations! LWB’s three teacher training teams collaborate with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges.  Yesterday, Team B visited the Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi. The fun has begun!

TT2015 Day1
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Amber: The Little Tortoise Emerging From Her Shell

Amber has been a student at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan since 2010.


In 2010, we knew her as “little tortoise”, an affectionate nickname given to her by her teachers due to her tendency to be introverted. Read more.

Introducing the 2015 Teacher Training Teams

Every two years, and sometimes more often thanks to generous donors who believe in the power of education, LWB sends a training team to China. This teacher training team collaborates with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges. It’s an incredible time of working together on behalf of students.

2014 teacher training participants

Instead of meeting at a central location as in years past, this year the workshop trainers from the USA will split into three groups. Read more.