In mid August, a tiny baby girl was found abandoned with an extremely bloated stomach. She was taken to an orphanage in rural Anhui, and the staff there called LWB immediately. We moved her urgently to Anhui Children’s Hospital for testing, and doctors diagnosed her with severe malnutrition and blood poisoning. They estimated her to be approximately 5 months old even though she weighed just 2 kg. Little Jillian, as she was named by our volunteers, had a long road ahead of her to survive. She was immediately given blood transfusions because of her extreme anemia. Read more.
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Yesterday we told you about two babies from our healing homes who were having surgery on the same day for complex heart defects. We are so happy to report that both Chandler and Dominic came through their operations beautifully. Both children received BT shunt surgery, which is used to increase pulmonary blood flow. This is often called the “first stage” surgery, and so both children will need an additional operation in the future.
Love Without Boundaries of course began after we met one tiny baby in China who needed heart surgery, and for the last ten years we have continued helping children born with congenital heart disease. We wanted to let you know that two of the babies from our Healing Homes program are having surgery on Wednesday in China. We sure would appreciate every good thought for these two beautiful children.
Chandler came into our hands as a tiny infant, with a diagnosis of pulmonary atresia, ventricular septal defect, and patent ductus arteriosus. That is a mouthful for one little baby girl, isn’t it? She got stronger and stronger at the Anhui Healing Home. We are so grateful to all of the wonderful people who stepped forward to fund her operation. She was admitted to the hospital last week, but then her surgery was postponed when the head of cardiac surgery was called out of town. We decided to wait until he returned, and now Chandler is scheduled for Wednesday morning. Read more.
Many of our supporters might have heard of a wonderful charity called Bethel China. Bethel is located outside of Beijing and is dedicated to helping orphaned children who have vision issues. They are based on a small farm, with foster homes and a school on the same property. It is surrounded by countryside, where they grow their own vegetables and have chickens, goats, dogs, and horses.
Recently, Bethel contacted us to see if any of the children in our programs had vision issues who might benefit from their education and life skills opportunities. We are very excited to report that three LWB children were accepted into their program! Read more.
An unusual little craze sweeping China this summer is all about watermelons. Not just eating them like Cora from Changzhi Foster Care, above, but watermelon toys and even dressing up LIKE a watermelon. Yep! You read that correctly! It all started with one little boy being photographed by a news team wearing overalls carved from an actual watermelon and spread from there.
My name is Jasmin Davidson, and I have adopted a seven-year-old boy whom I named Adi (“jewel” in Hebrew) from China. Adi has severe hemophilia. He joined my two domestically adopted children, ages four and eight.
When I embarked on my third adoption journey, I set out to provide a home to a special needs child. I chose China’s Special Focus program due to its stability and good reputation. While I was open to a variety of characteristics and special needs, my heart went out to older boys who seemed to have trouble finding families. Read more
The first time our Foster Care Director, Arlene Howard, and I visited Liuzhi in 2011, we fell head over heels for a little boy with cerebral palsy.
He couldn’t walk, but he could sit on a tiny plastic stool and scoot himself slowly around the small orphanage room. It took such great determination on his part. The entire time we were there he worked so hard to scoot himself around, following us like a little puppy to make sure we kept giving him crackers.
Sometimes we are surprised and delighted at the creative fundraising efforts undertaken on behalf of the children helped by Love Without Boundaries.
Recently we heard about a daughter and father team who dreamt up a very “fun” fundraiser. For Father’s Day this father asked his daughter Emma to donate money to a charity instead of giving him a gift. She decided she wanted to honor him with something different, and she wanted it to be BIG. Read more
LWB’s Fuyang Foster Care Program is growing by leaps and bounds. Many of the children who enter into our foster care program are graduates of LWB’s healing homes, but we do occasionally get requests from orphanages to take in children who have been recently abandoned. The Fuyang program has recently added four wonderful new children at the request of the Fuyang SWI. Stella is one of those children, and we can’t wait for you to meet her.
Stella is a healthy five-month-old little girl, who is missing the toes on her right foot. Read more
Back to school. It’s what so many of us are thinking about right now for our own children as we do what we can to prepare them for another year of learning and growth. In rural China, the idea of heading back to school is a privilege that typically exists for those who can afford it. Children and young adults from poor families are often unable to afford school tuition and supplies, and as a result the cycle of poverty continues. LWB’s Secondary and Higher Education Program (SHE) exists to provide support to children who have shown great ability — and great need. At this “back to school” time of year, we would like to share with you the stories of three very deserving girls who want nothing more than to attend school to help improve their own lives and the lives of their families.