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Stories of the Heart: Chairs4Change, a Unity Initiative Partnership

From rural villages across Anhui, we hear the stories, over and over again. Stories of deep love, of great courage, and of sacrifice beyond comprehension — families willing to do whatever it takes to find hope for their child. Tia is one of these children. She and her family walked into the local hospital, hearts beating hard with nerves. The doctor listened to her heart & hooked her up to all sorts of machines she had never seen before — measuring each thump, the strength of each beat. He shook his head and delivered the devastating news:  “Your daughter was born with a complex heart defect and will need surgery to live. She will not survive without. What would you like to do?”

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Meeting Ifan

While traveling in China recently, I took the opportunity to take a side trip to meet a very special boy. Ifan had been part of the Love Without Boundaries foster care program since he was a baby. He lived with a wonderful foster family and was particularly close to his foster father. They would work in the courtyard garden and look at cars together. Ifan really loved visiting the neighbors in the small community in which they lived.  Then one year ago, his orphanage recalled all the children back to the institution, and Ifan lost the security of living with the family he loved.

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Waiting Child Wednesday: Brian Christopher

In 2012, a shy and serious little boy named Brian Christopher entered our Believe In Me Huainan education program. He did not have the confidence to speak to the teachers and was quite tentative about getting involved in the activities at the preschool.

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Down Syndrome Love: Without Boundaries!

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. All month, we’ve been celebrating the many incredible children in our programs who were born with Down Syndrome. On the final day of October, we are putting them all together to showcase how down-right amazing they are!

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Benjamin: Grumpy No More!

Born in the late fall of 2014 in northern Anhui, Benjamin soon joined our Heartbridge Healing Home for extra love and care to prepare for cleft surgery. He was a beautiful baby with the crabbiest set of eyebrows, and LWB volunteers loved to see new pictures of “Grumpy Benjamin” in our email inboxes each week.

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Adopting a Child With Vision Impairment

Before adopting a blind child, I really believed life would be a lot different once she came home, and it has been, but it hasn’t been her blindness that has held her back. This is how it began: Her picture came through my Facebook newsfeed just like so many children before her, but this time something was different.

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Waiting Child Wednesday: Jeri

Jeri is a five-year-old boy in our Huainan On-site Family Care Program and Education Program who is waiting for adoption. When he was a baby, Jeri came into our care as a resident of our China Healing Homes program. Jeri quickly transformed from a serious little one to a jovial baby who could easily be teased to laugh and love to interact with the nannies and other children at the healing home.

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Join Us In the Fight Against Child Trafficking: Safe Haven Foster Care

This week, we’re asking 16 people to step forward and sponsor a child in our Safe Haven foster care program in Cambodia. This critical project, for children who’ve been trafficked or abused, provides family-based care to children who have lived through the unthinkable. Every child in this program has sadly experienced extreme trauma in their young lives. To best help them heal, we continually seek out experts in the trauma field for their expertise and wisdom. We’ve learned that 90% of the healing process with rescued children is getting them to feel safe.

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A $20,000 Adoption Assistance Grant for Ifan

Thanks to the amazing generosity of someone who really wants Ifan to finally be chosen and have a family of his own, we can announce that this wonderful 12-year-old now has a $20,000 Adoption Assistance grant towards his adoption expenses! For families in the U.S. who can claim the adoption tax credit, this means there should be no financial barriers for a loving and committed family to make Ifan their son.

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Announcing The Sokhem Early Childhood Development Center

We’ve been counting the days until we could share some very exciting news. Our Sokhem Sibling School has evolved and will now be known as the Sokhem Early Childhood Development Center. Initially, our Sibling School was founded to face a critical need in rural Sokhem village. We learned that most of the adults in the village crossed into Thailand each day searching for work, leaving their children behind and on their own for long periods of time. Many of the children ages 6 and up were unable to attend primary school because they had to serve as full-time caregivers each day for their little sisters and brothers.

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