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Working to Change Lives in India With Mission Smile: A Weekend of Surgeries

This weekend was a whirlwind! On Saturday, the Mission Smile team completed 27 surgeries, and on Sunday they did an additional 28. Twenty doctors, including eight surgeons, eight anesthesiologists, and four pediatricians, are part of the Mission Smile team healing cleft-affected people this week. Each person volunteered to travel to Kolkata, and except for being housed and fed, are working from sunup to sundown for free.

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Working to Change Lives in India with Mission Smile: Intake Day

When the Mission Smile team arrived at the South Eastern Railway Central Hospital in Kolkata, the gathering of children and families was amazing. Throughout Intake Day, the staff screened 179 patients and ultimately selected 100 for surgery. Virtually all of the 79 patients not selected had medical challenges that made surgery impossible at this time; however, Mission Smile is committed to helping them soon.

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Working to Change Lives In India With Mission Smile

We are so honored and proud to be partnering with Mission Smile for their 100th medical mission in India. To celebrate, Mission Smile is performing 100 cleft repair surgeries in Kolkata this week, from March 15-20.

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Foster Care in Uganda

Some estimates state that the number of children growing up in orphanages in Uganda has reached over 50,000, despite the vast majority of those children not being orphans at all. While it’s difficult to know exact numbers, those of us working in the field believe at least 80% of children in Ugandan orphanages have known relatives. Thankfully, there’s a growing movement among the government and many charities to move as many children as possible out of institutions and into family care. LWB was excited to begin foster care in Uganda in early 2018, and while the program is still small in numbers, it’s huge in impact for the children we’ve transitioned.

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Foster Care in China

LWB first began foster care in China back in 2004. Over the last 15 years, we’ve supported family-based care for over 3,500 orphaned children there, across 26 different cities. I have yet to meet a good-hearted orphanage director who hasn’t privately agreed that the children in their care placed with loving foster parents do far better developmentally in the long run than children in institutional care.

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Safe Haven Foster Care in Cambodia

Last week we began our series on foster care by highlighting our program for orphaned and abandoned children in Cambodia. Today, I’d like to discuss our Safe Haven Foster Care program in Cambodia, which was created to help children who have experienced trafficking or severe abuse.

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Foster Care in Cambodia

Over the next few weeks, we’re going to delve more deeply into some of our current programs. These blogs are going to be a bit longer than social media experts would tell me to write. Since our supporters are such an essential part of our work with children, I want you all to better understand not only the incredible impact you’re making possible, but also the very real issues we face in doing this life-changing work in different countries. Today I’m starting with foster care, as we believe so strongly that EVERY child deserves to grow up in a family environment versus being raised in an institution.

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Help Needed for Lorelai

Four-year-old Lorelai lives in the rural countryside of central China with her father, who is raising his two young children as a single dad. Lorelai’s mother sadly left the family when the hardships of living in extreme poverty became too much for her to bear. Now Lorelai and her family are facing yet another heavy challenge.

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2018 Impact Report

LWB’s 2018 Impact Report is now online, and we’d love for you to visit our webpage and read about some of the wonderful things you made happen last year. We’ve included Six Big Things we loved celebrating in 2018, as well as one child’s story from each of our major program areas. When you read about Mya, Megan, Evan, and Noah, we know you’ll be cheering their successes along with us.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Update on Colton

In celebration of Chinese New Year, we’re sharing updates on children served through our Unity Initiative. This program, for kids in poverty who were born with medical needs, is bringing hope to rural families. On our last blog we shared about little Anneke and how her surgery will now allow her to go to school. Today we want to update you on Colton, a handsome little boy who just had his second birthday. Colton had heart surgery back in May during LWB’s first cardiac surgery exchange in Anhui province.

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