I have to admit that when the Love Without Boundaries’ Board of Directors first decided to expand our work outside the borders of China, another location in Asia seemed like a natural progression. Same continent, right? (Despite every country being completely unique, of course.) But exactly where in Asia was the biggest question we faced, which I spent months carefully researching. Last week I found myself walking barefoot down a muddy road to one of several rural villages in Cambodia, where the hundreds of children I met there completely stole my heart.
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The teens at our Life Skills Camp have had a whirlwind of a week so far! They’ve taken field trips to some of China’s most iconic sights, worked on team building, practiced voicing their opinions, and been presented with honest talk about money management, sex education, and internet safety. Here are a few highlights from the first half of camp. Read more.
Life Skills Camp has begun! All this week, orphaned teens from around China are gathering in Beijing to attend camp centered around the theme, “The World Is Better With Me In It.” Field trips, friendships, and lessons on a variety of topics related to becoming an independent and responsible adult are all part of this busy week.
Imagine growing up your entire life without having parents to fall back on for advice and support. For thousands of orphaned teens in China, this is their reality. These young adults will usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and we want to do whatever we can to help them prepare for that day. This coming week – from August 7 to 12th – our second Life Skills Camp will take place. Teens from across China will come together for a week of fun and learning in Beijing and Beidaihe.
Please join us in welcoming Baby Finn to our Xinzhou Foster Care program in Jiangxi! This beautiful little baby will now grow up in home-based care versus spending his days in a welfare institution. His foster family is learning more about him each day and is working diligently to learn how to meet his physical and emotional needs.
Born prematurely, Finn has gained in strength. Read more.
Over the last twelve years, we have been honored to help teens who grew up in orphanage care but were never matched with permanent families. These young adults will usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and our hope is to do whatever we can to help best them prepare for that day.
As part of our initiative to help these older orphaned teens, last year we held our very first Life Skills Camp – and it was a resounding success! This camp will center once more upon the theme, “The World is Better With Me In It.” Read more
For most of her four years of life, Roberta has been living in the orphanage in Xiaoxian. Just a few months ago, her orphanage felt that she was ready to experience life in a family, and we were so pleased to be able to offer her that opportunity. Roberta is the very first child with Down Syndrome to be placed with a foster family in her village!
This young trailblazer is a beautiful and active four-year-old who knows her own mind. Her foster mom says that she never has to wonder what Roberta wants! Read more.
When Love Without Boundaries met Phillip, he was welcomed into our Heartbridge Healing Home feeling pretty lousy. Heavily jaundiced and suffering from a bad cold, Philip wore a deep frown most of the time.
After just a few weeks of nanny love, nourishment and a chance to recuperate, Phillip started feeling much better. He learned to cry when he wanted to be picked up and cuddled. He learned that it was safe to make eye contact, intently looking into his nanny’s eyes when she spoke to him. Read more.
Last month we learned about a baby from southern China with complex heart issues. Her orphanage had arranged for her to be seen in Beijing, but the surgeons there felt the little girl was inoperable, and so with that very sad diagnosis, they sent her back home.
LWB is fortunate to partner regularly with the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University in Shanghai, and so we offered to have Luna seen by the expert heart surgeons there. She arrived to the hospital extremely weak, struggling to feed because even that simple act would exhaust her. Read more.