Tag Archives: Nutrition

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.

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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.

Sweet Sarah is Ready to Shine!

Sarah is a bright and joyful seven-year-old girl who is waiting to be matched with a family!

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Sarah has been diagnosed with lower limb paralysis. Leg weakness aside, nothing seems to be stopping her from flourishing as a student in our Qingyang Believe In Me School which we opened earlier this year. Sarah is described as having piercing eyes and a wide smile. We have witnessed an eagerness to learn and curiosity about everything around her. Read more.

Preemie & Special Formula Fund – Baby Paul

Meet Paul, the newest beneficiary of LWB’s Preemie and Special Formula Fund!

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Having exhausted all their resources, Paul’s parents applied to the Unity Initiative for help in funding their infant son’s medical needs. Born prematurely, Paul started life at only 2 kg. Since his birth, he has had several surgeries, including needing a colostomy due to complications following hernia surgery.
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Blenders for Babies: LWB’s Featured Project of the Week

Transitioning babies from formula to solid foods can be tricky! Unfamiliar tastes and textures can be challenging to a baby like Carlos.


To initiate the process, LWB provides fortified infant cereal. The cereal, made up in formula, provides a healthy introduction to solid foods. Once the child gets comfortable swallowing runny cereal, then the family can gradually introduce pureed vegetables and fruits. Read more.

Good-For-You School Snacks


Why are these students from LWB’s Believe in Me schools smiling? Perhaps it is because learning is fun. Maybe it is because they are enjoying playing new games with their friends. Or it could be that they are enjoying a snack. Shhh — don’t tell them that it is nutritious! Read more.

Measuring Nutrition Success

Just how do we measure success for our Nutrition projects? Usually success can be measured by the number of pounds that a baby has packed on or by the strength she has gained. Good nutrition also translates into a baby who is healthy enough to undergo life-changing surgery.


For Yi Xuan, all three of these measures have been met. Read more.

School Nutrition: LWB’s Featured Project of the Week

When LWB began its Believe In Me schools in orphanages across China for children ages 2 through 12, many of the students didn’t have the energy to concentrate in the classroom. Our teachers reported that the children were frequently sick and that it took a long time for them to recover. LWB’s Nutrition and Special Projects team, with the support of some dedicated donors, created the School Nutrition program. Today, as a regular part of their school day, students receive a healthy snack of fruits or vegetables and protein.


Shortly after beginning the snack program, the classrooms came to life!
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Filling Tummies for Children’s Day


June 1st is known as International Children’s Day around the world. Children’s Day, or Liù Yi Guójì Értóng Jié, as it is known in China, is a day that honors the child. In China, children have the day off of school, and children’s admission to many fun and cultural activities is free on this day. It is a day filled with fun, a day that celebrates the joy that is being a child. Read more.

Adventures and New Ventures in Lanzhou, Gansu

LWB recently opened a Believe in Me school program inside the Lanzhou orphanage in Gansu province.  A team from the U.S. visited the school in late March, and we thought you might like learning a bit more about this region and our newest project.


As you fly into Lanzhou, you can immediately tell you are in an area very unlike the more populated eastern part of China. As far as you can see are brown, treeless mountains, fronted by a landscape which initially looks like desert.  Once on the ground, however, you realize that the ground is not sand, but instead a powdery, dry silt. Of course this region was part of the famous Silk Road in China and so has a long and interesting history. The mountains are dotted with caves, which served as homes to many people during the 1950s to 1970s.
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Giving Tuesday

What could be a better antidote to the frenzy of Black Friday and Cyber Monday than Giving Tuesday?  Giving Tuesday is a day dedicated to helping others, and we have many ideas for making this a meaningful day.


One way to help others and help honor someone special to you is an LWB Gift Card.  For a suggested donation of at least $10, these lovely gift cards will help provide financial support to children in need across our programs. Read more.