Tag Archives: Nutrition

Learning About Uganda Together

As I imagine is the case with many of you who support Love Without Boundaries, I first became aware of LWB when we adopted my youngest daughter from China. They helped to fund her heart surgery while she was a baby in China, and once we brought her home, they provided us with priceless pictures of her.

LWB’s “Abigail” in 2010

I wanted to give back to this organization who had given so much to us, and so I have been a volunteer with LWB’s Education program for the past couple years, helping administer the Believe in Me schools. Read more.

A Calf is Born!

We have a special announcement to make about the birth of the newest member of the LWB family in Uganda!  As you might remember, when our CEO Amy Eldridge was in Uganda, she helped purchase a female cow for the village we are helping near Kabale. We were thrilled that the cow we bought was pregnant, and this past week we received this joyous letter from Innocent, the man with whom we are working to improve the lives of children in Karukoba village:

Innocent Amy Equator
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Cambodia: Part Three

If you pick up any travel guide to Cambodia, you will see under the “weather” section that almost all of them say you should never travel in September, due to the rainy season.  But of course I wasn’t heading to Cambodia for tourism purposes, but instead to meet the local children there.  So rainy season or not, I was on my way.  Before I left, I received an email from Leng, the man I was going to meet there, which simply said, “Please prepare for mud.”  I will admit readily that I was woefully unprepared, and I should have paid more attention in school to what “monsoonal rains” really mean.


We left for the first village at 7:30 in the morning, in the pouring down rain, and our brave tuk tuk driver was soaked to the core before we even climbed aboard. Read more.

Uganda: Part Four

I hope you have enjoyed getting to know the children from Karukoba village in Uganda a bit more, although I am sure you are like me in finding it difficult to know they are facing so many challenges. You might also be thinking that you are happy this blog series is now done, since I know I write far too much each time. (Hence my difficulty with Twitter!)

princess-evalyne-darisonPrincess, Evalyne, and Darison

On my final night in the village, I asked some of the local people why they feel the region has remained in a cycle of poverty. Read more.

Uganda: Part Two

Yesterday I wrote Part One of a blog series on my recent trip to Uganda, and today I would like to share a bit about how I found myself standing on a remote hilltop in Karukoba village in the first place.

It all came down to honeybees.

African beehivesAfrican beehives

As the LWB Board began discussing where we would take our programs to help more children, we began to clearly see that while we understand the complexities of working in China backwards and forwards, we had a lot to learn about orphan and vulnerable child programs in other countries. And every individual country of course has its own needs, challenges and laws in place, so I had a whole lot of research to do. Read more.

Mango, Watermelon, Strawberries and Bananas!

With the onset of summer, the children in our Education Nutrition program are enjoying the abundance of seasonal fruits and vegetables as part of their schoool “snack”.

Lara watermelon 6.16
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Cleft Surgery and Nutrition

Many beautiful new smiles were made during our Cleft Medical Exchange this April!

Mary Beth before and after cleft repair surgery

Before the surgeons could work their magic, the children all had to meet several important milestones, one being that babies must weigh at least ten pounds before having surgery. Ten pounds doesn’t sound like a difficult weight to meet; however, one of the most immediate concern for a baby born with a cleft lip and palate is weight gain. Read more.

Aaron’s Journey

Since the early days of his life, Aaron has been in LWB care. Aaron’s life has been touched by a broad range of LWB programs — Medical, Healing Homes, Nutrition, Education, Foster Care and Advocacy — each one working together to benefit one special little boy.

Aaron baby

In late April 2011, a darling boy started his journey in LWB’s hands. Born with a meningocele (spinal tumor), little Aaron was quickly moved to the hospital where he underwent a complex neurosurgery which also required the placement of a shunt. Read more.

Gabe: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Ten-year old Gabe attends the our Believe In Me orphanage school in Shaoguan. Described by his teachers as a happy boy, we can see from these photos that it’s true. Gabe has a smile that can light up the room, and he is rarely seen without his famous grin!

Gabe watermelon

Gabe is very sociable and he gets along well with his classmates. Read more.

Victor’s Day at our Believe in Me School

Our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi serves children with special needs who may not otherwise be able to attend school. Currently, 25 students are benefiting from the program, and we thought it might be fun to follow one little boy, Victor and get a glimpse into his days at school.

Victor school 1.16

Victor joined our Believe in Me school when he was nearly two years old. Now, he’s six years old, and we have seen him blossom. Read more.