Tag Archives: Huainan

Luke Is On The Mend and Waiting For a Family

For most of his life, Luke has been a part of Love Without Boundaries’ programs. He started out in our Nutrition program when he was just a baby and then moved into our Education program when he was three years old.

Luke 2011

Luke is now seven years old. In December, his teachers told us that he was struggling to catch his breath and that his lips were turning blue when it was cold. After an evaluation at Hefei Cardiac Hospital, doctors told us that Luke needed immediate heart surgery. Left untreated, the Tet spells he was having could possibly be fatal. So Luke put on a brave face and smiled before his surgery. Read more.

Luke: Ready for Heart Surgery — and a Family, Too!

Luke is seven years old and is waiting for his forever family to find him!

Luke Huainan 2015

Since 2010, Luke has been a student in our education program in Huainan. Teachers recently noticed that Luke has had trouble catching his breath, and his lips turn blue when it’s cold. We arranged for him to be evaluated at Hefei Cardiac Hospital, and they determined he needed heart surgery right away.  The Tet spells he was having could prove to be fatal if left untreated. Read more.

Blake: An Adoption Story

Blake’s story is a wonderful example of the precious work that LWB does and how much kids can overcome when loved and nurtured! If we had met Blake when he first came to Heartbridge (and was known as “Henry”) in Spring 2010, we probably would not have adopted him due to his severe delays and scary diagnoses.

Henry 3.10

At 21 months old, “Henry” could not sit unsupported and weighed only 16 pounds. In addition to his heart defect, an MRI had shown “mental retardation” and hydrocephalus, and caregivers questioned if he would “ever be able to live independently”. Read more.

It’s Top Ten Time!

Each year with the help of our supporters, Love Without Boundaries chooses ten of our favorite images to celebrate our work with children in China.

Thorpe hat 11.6.15

From now until November 15th, we invite you to cast your vote for the Top Ten Photos of 2015. Read more.

Sean: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Handsome Sean is a six-year-old boy from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan.

Sean1

Every day, Sean begins his day doing morning exercises with the rest of his class. He pays attention to his health and likes to wash his hands. Read more.

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.

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