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Life Skills Camp – Final Day

“Beginnings are often scary, and endings are often sad. But it is everything in between that makes it all worthwhile.”

Today was the final day of our first ever Life Skills camp, and we are giving thanks that it was an incredible week which all of us will remember forever.  Before I write more about today, I want to give a deep and sincere thank you to all of our amazing mentors in China, who volunteered this week to invest into these wonderful teens.  To Ruan Wei Chang, Liu Hui Ping, Zhuang Li Ying, Yang Ya Wen, Ma Yu Jia, Cai Yan Yue, Sun Li Ping, Chen Min, and Qi Rui – thank you for being a part of our team. And to our LWB China directors who led the camp (Cindy, Yvonne, and Susie) – your hearts are what make this foundation strong.

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Life Skills Camp – Day Three

The teens had another wonderful day at Life Skills Camp, and we were giving thanks for the beautiful blue skies over Beijing during the morning field trip to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.  Getting to visit such important landmarks in their homeland has meant so much to everyone attending.

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Life Skills Camp – Day One

Over the last twelve years, LWB has been honored to invest ourselves into 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 we want to do whatever we can to help them prepare for that day. This week we are excited to be holding our first ever Life Skills Camp, with the theme “The World is Better With Me In It.”

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Fifty-two campers from Anhui, Jiangxi, Fujian, Guizhou, Gansu, and Hunan provinces are now in Beijing attending class sessions on etiquette and social skills, alcohol and drug use, self-esteem, sex education, money management, online safety, self-defense, and more. All reports so far are that they are having the time of their lives, and it never would have happened without your incredible help!
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Gorgeous Guillem

Late last year, we added a new student to our Believe in Me school in Shanxi province. Guillem, as he came to be called, had just recently entered orphanage care, and his somber little face stole our hearts the moment we saw his first photo. The orphanage staff didn’t have any information on his background, but we hoped that joining our education program would give him the encouragement and stability he needed.

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Life Skills Camp: Sponsors Needed!

For over a decade, LWB has been working with older teens in orphanages, helping with high school and college tuition, vocational training, and more. I have been very blessed to have become good friends with many of the now young adults who were in our programs. My heart is especially burdened for them as many have shared with me the great loss they carry from never having a family of their very own.

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I often think of my own young adult kids and how very much they needed my help as they left home to spread their wings.  I admit that even at age 50, I still call my mom and dad sometimes to ask their advice, so it’s hard to imagine growing up in institutional care and not having that one key person who will guide and mentor you to adulthood. Read more.

Love Starts Here

Without a doubt, the holiday season is a time when all of us think of family. We try to come up with the perfect gifts for those we hold dear, count down the days until loved ones return home, and miss so terribly those we can no longer see and hold. Yes, the holidays are busy and often hectic, but absolutely this time of year reminds us that love is one of the greatest blessings we can ever receive, doesn’t it?

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It is for that reason that we have put “love” at the very center of our year end campaign: Love Starts Here. For far too many children around the world, unconditional love is a gift they have not yet experienced. Read more.

Tiny Warriors

preemieSome of the most vulnerable children we help are babies who are born prematurely, many weighing just 1 kg. The standard of care for these tiny newborns usually includes being kept under a warmer or in an incubator, with constant monitoring of their breathing, temperature, and heart function. Many babies require oxygen supplementation and sometimes even the use of a ventilator. That is why it is so remarkable to us when orphanages call us to help preemies who were found abandoned outside and who often were not found for hours after delivery. They are the tiniest warriors, and their strength continually humbles us. Read more.

Joseph: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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Joseph is ten years old and lives with his foster family. He often plays sports with his friends after school. Joseph wants to learn to play ping pong and has been practicing his exercises to enter a gymnastics competition. Joseph’s interest and progress in physical activities and sports is remarkable considering that he had spinal surgery for a meningoencephalocele. He hasn’t let this challenge slow him down one bit. Read more.

“I’ll Always Be Your Son, and You’ll Always Be My Dad”

Jaden came home January 2013 at the age of 3 ½. He celebrated his 5th birthday just a couple of weeks ago, and last week we celebrated his 500th day in our family. He has really thrived at home.

It has only been recently that he has started talking a little bit more about his time as an orphan, and the most common way he describes it revolves around feeling “alone.” He tells us “I am very happy that you came to get me” and “I’m glad you didn’t leave me alone any longer.” He did tell us once “I’m glad you got me, but why did it take you so long to find me?” … which was heart-warming and heart-breaking at the same time.

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Today’s blog was written by Tim Sanford, an “LWB Dad” who adopted Christopher. Read more.

Daisy and Michael, Waiting Still

When there are so many children who are waiting to be matched with families each day, it is not uncommon for a child to be looked over a few times before the perfect family for them finally finds them.  Michael and Daisy are two such children. They have been waiting on the shared list for some time now and are currently in our education program in Chenzhou.  We are so excited to be able to share the news that their orphanage has agreed to WAIVE their orphanage donation fee for any families interested in adopting these children!

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Daisy is nine years old. This little flower is full of self-esteem and independence. Her confidence radiates as she performs, and she immediately volunteers herself to be chosen to be in activities or performances at her special needs school. Read more.

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