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Life in Lockdown

During the time of the coronavirus, many of us are just getting used to what it means to be sheltering in place. If you scroll through a Facebook feed, you’ll see lots of humorous memes from frazzled parents, adjusting to being home 24/7 with their kids. Well, our China Healing Home nannies are definitely pros by now, as they’ve been on complete lock-down since January 26th. That means they are now on Day 74 of watching over the orphaned children in our care – without getting a single break.

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Safe Haven Foster Care: Pandemic Update

Love Without Boundaries’ Safe Haven foster care program works in the field of anti-trafficking.  We are so grateful to all of our supporters who make this important program of refuge possible.  It’s a real comfort to know that all of the children in this program are being cared for safely at their foster homes during the global pandemic. While the schools are currently closed, the education of the children in our Safe Haven foster care program is still going strong. Thanks to donors’ generosity, all students in our program went home with activity books, paper, pencils, and anything else we could source.

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Books to Huainan

As schools throughout the United States shift to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, teachers and parents have had to find creative ways to engage and educate school children who can no longer be in the classroom. It has been no different for the nannies and caregivers in the Huainan orphanage. Since the children could not return to school after the winter break, their caregivers have been working hard to provide different learning opportunities within the orphanage. In late February, we were asked if we could help purchase an assortment of activity books to help create more variety and stimulation. Of course, we said yes, and the children were so excited when the books arrived.

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Jeremiah: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Jeremiah was Joselyn’s first baby.  While pregnant, she spent her days dreaming about her baby’s future, praying over life, and wondering whether she’d be blessed with a boy or girl. As it turned out, though, her birth story was nothing like she had dreamed. Jeremiah’s father abandoned Joselyn at the hospital. She has not seen him again, and he has never seen his son. Those first days with her child marked a difficult turning point in her life. She left the hospital as a single mom — a single mom of a baby with medical needs.

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Lianah: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lianah’s mom has never been out of Africa, or even Uganda, but she is ready with her brand-new passport.  The prospect of traveling outside her country is a frightening one, but Robinah is ready and willing. Her daughter, Lianah, has a very fragile heart.  She just turned one, but at 14.5 pounds, she simply is not gaining enough weight. Her breathing is heavy and labored. She’s in urgent need of surgery.

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Joyce: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Lydia had just been told that the complex heart surgery her baby girl Joyce needs to live could not be performed anywhere in all of Uganda. The hospital staff told her that she’d have to travel abroad and would have to find help on her own. Noticing her tears, a kind stranger on the street stepped carefully toward Lydia to offer a few minutes of comfort. Before stepping back into the crowd, this mysterious woman handed her a slip of paper with a phone number on it.

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Devon: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Her eyes caught mine and I told her what I saw.  A brave mother who’d never stopped fighting for her daughter’s life no matter how complicated her needs. Tears pooled in Devon’s mom’s eyes.  Tears of relief, weariness, fear, and hope. Nancy is the single mom of three, and it has not been easy without the help of a husband and father.

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Keri Annabel: 5 Hearts, 7 Days

Eager and brave, they sat across from us leaned forward in their chairs, their eyes searching ours, hoping for help. Wearing her colorful, traditional dress for the special occasion, Mom held her fragile little one, and Dad was carefully choosing the right English words to tell us the story of their broken-hearted baby girl. On the ground in Uganda, our Love Without Boundaries team leaned forward to listen as well, moved by their story, and hoping to coordinate the urgently needed care for three-month-old Keri Annabel.

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5 Hearts, 7 Days

Last week, I traveled to Uganda to visit some of the children being helped by LWB. I traveled with Christina Lindseth, our Managing Director for Ugandan programs, and Rebecca Radicchi, author and adoptive parent. One week ago today, we sat together in a grassy area of central Uganda, meeting with worried parents who shared one common anguish: the child they adored would die without a heart surgery they could never afford.

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2019 Adoptions

And now for some happy news! Although international adoptions from China have slowed, be assured that they are still happening. In 2019, at least 25 children from LWB programs were adopted both domestically and internationally and are now living lives as treasured sons and daughters.

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