Our Cleft Bottle Project is underway and off to a great start. Soft bottles designed for feeding children with cleft lip or palate are not available for purchase in China. In 2012 we worked with the Mead Johnson Company to have the bottles produced in China. We delivered those bottles to orphanages and healing homes and wherever we heard of a need. Read more.
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In early 2004, Love Without Boundaries was working with the Shantou orphanage in Guangdong province. Dr. Huang, the orphanage doctor at the time, told us how very sad he was that so many children in the orphanage were unable to attend school due to being born with special needs which weren’t readily accepted by society.
At the time, this included children born with issues such as missing limbs, albinism, cerebral palsy, and other health needs. Many public schools were not willing to accept these children as students, and so the Shantou orphanage had many children who were not receiving any type of education at all. Read more.
It’s September 2003. A young couple living in rural China gives birth to sham bowtie – twins. But their hopes are dashed when they discovered their babies have cleft lips and palates that not only disfigured their tiny faces but left them unable to nurse. Without either the means or the knowledge, and certainly not the insurance, to care for one child with cleft, let alone two, their quandary was immense.
After three difficult days, they decided the twins’ best hope was the local orphanage. So poor they did not even have paper to write a note, the parents tore off a piece of a brown paper bag and wrote these heartfelt words: “Dear caring people, we are poor and unable to provide for our twins. Please keep them. They were born the 12th of September, 2003.” Read more.
One of the most memorable joys of parenthood is watching your child take their first steps. How proudly a parent shares that miracle with the world. Those first steps are steps out of babyhood and toward independence.
For children in an orphanage, especially children born with physical challenges like cerebral palsy, first steps are a struggle which require not only encouragement and opportunity, but a skilled caregiver. Read more.
Five-year-old Fynn, whom we featured here in December, is still waiting for his forever family. While he waits, he is learning all about how to be a big brother and part of a family, as part of LWB’s Shantou Foster Care Program.
Fynn is a very loving brother to Felicity, his little foster sister, and enjoys being a role model. Read more.
Two-year-old Tate always has a smile ready when our foster care manager comes to visit his foster care program in Shantou!
This easy-going boy has lived with his foster family for over a year now, and he has become very close to them. Each day when his foster father returns from work, Tate runs to the door and greets him. Our manager reports that he is cherished by his entire foster family. Read more.
Some generous donors have stepped forward to provide a $2,000 adoption assistance grant for Ben, the 13-year-old boy recently featured on our blog (“Ben: Waiting a Decade for a Family to Call His Own“). Ben is close to aging out, and these donors want to help him find his family before it is too late. Ben’s orphanage has also agreed to waive half of the orphanage donation fee, making it just $2,500!
In addition to this good news, we also have some short videos of Ben to share. Read more.
Can you imagine waiting for ten years for a family to call your own, only to never be chosen?
Ben, who has been a student at our Shantou Believe in Me School since 2004, has watched his friends be chosen for adoption over the years. He has cheerfully maintained his role as “big brother” to the younger kids at the school all the time, never letting it alter his happy outlook on life. However, his last chance for adoption is now here. He ages out in late July 2013 when he turns 14. This breaks our hearts as we feel he could bring so much joy to a family. Read more.