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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Six

Another wonderful cleft trip is coming to a close, with 52 children receiving surgery over the last week. We can say with certainty that each and every child who came to see our team has received the message that they’re beautiful, special, and oh so loved.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Five

Day Five in Lanzhou has come to a close, with three operating rooms going nonstop.  It’s clear that the cross-country cooperation between the two teams has really hit its stride, and we’ve got a really smooth system in place now between the OR, recovery rooms, and ward.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Four

Day Four of our 2018 Cleft Medical Exchange is now a wrap, and today nine more children received surgery today.  The team is feeling very tired, but everyone is determined to see the rest of the children healed who qualified for surgery.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Three

Tuesday was a truly great day in Lanzhou, with a whole lot of healing going on. Friendships are being made among the families and caregivers waiting for their children to have surgery, and the whole mood of the hospital was one of excitement.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day Two

Day Two of our Cleft Medical Exchange in Lanzhou is now complete. Since it was our first full day of surgeries in an unfamiliar hospital, things were quite hectic at times. We’re happy to report, however, that the Chinese and American teams have definitely found their rhythm and are working side-by-side to provide compassionate care to each of our little patients.

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2018 Cleft Medical Exchange: Day One

Our 2018 LWB Cleft Exchange is now underway in Lanzhou, China. We’re excited to be partnering with the Gansu Provincial Hospital this week to help over 50 orphaned and rural children receive cleft lip and palate surgeries. Sunday began with the official opening ceremony, and we’re very grateful to everyone at the hospital for the warm welcome they extended to our team. Following the official ceremony, it was time to meet and screen the first patients on our list.

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Wendy Marie: Let Love Shine

Many of the babies we take into our healing homes are extremely fragile when they arrive, and it’s clear from their photos that they need intensive one-on-one care to even survive.  This week we shared the story of little Jerome, one of the babies your kindness helped save.  Others, however, come into our hands perhaps looking healthy in their pictures, but actually in need of lots of TLC to have a chance at catching up and finding a home through adoption.

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Jerome: Let Love Shine

This weeks marks the start of our annual giving campaign, and this year’s theme is Let Love Shine.  Over the next six weeks, we want to share with you some of the beautiful stories of hope which your kindness have made possible.  Today we’d like to introduce you to baby Jerome, who is currently brightening the halls of our Heartbridge Healing Home.

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Ripples to Rachael

Some of my favorite parts about doing this work for so long are the moments when we see the help given to one child go on to impact another. It’s like that beautiful analogy of a pebble being dropped in the water whose ripples go on to touch ever-widening circles. 

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Thank You From Our Cambodian Teens: Hope Through Higher Education

Two weeks ago, we asked for help from our community to send a cohort of 22 Cambodian teens to college.  Our community came through with flying colors! As a reminder, our higher education project in Cambodia provides college scholarships to rural teens who pass the national entrance exam for university and who volunteer regularly with our community programs. In the particular rural area where LWB is working, poverty is most people’s reality. Many parents put a great deal of pressure on their children to drop out of school to work in order to make a few dollars a day to feed their families. Only 18% of children in this region graduate from high school, and less than half of those will successfully pass the college admission exam.

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