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Emergency Food Relief Comes To A Flooded Region of Cambodia

As if the pandemic wasn’t enough to worry about right now, Cambodia has experienced massive flooding this past month. Tens of thousands of impoverished families have seen their homes and crops submerged. After meeting with the Cambodian government’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children taskforce, we immediately got to work delivering essential food supplies to impacted children and families in Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, and Pursat provinces. Over 8,000 pounds of food supplies were delivered last weekend alone.

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Emergency Food Relief for Buyange Village

Ever since the pandemic began, LWB has been providing emergency food relief to vulnerable children in the regions where we work. This past month, we distributed essential food supplies in the Namatumba district of Eastern Uganda.  This region has seen frequent episodes of severe hunger and childhood malnutrition and was hit last year by devastating hailstorms which destroyed hundreds of homes. Our team was determined to get critical food supplies to as many children in the Buyange village as possible. Bags of rice, beans, and corn flour were loaded onto trucks, and our team began the three-hour journey into the countryside.

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Our Pediatric Surgery Mission in Uganda Continues!

In early September, we wrapped up our first-ever Pediatric Surgery Mission in Uganda in partnership with Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital by completing 187 surgeries. Another 123 children were added to the waiting list, and we were so grateful when our supporters stepped up to help them as well. We want to share just a few of their incredible stories here with you as we celebrate that these children finally received long-awaited healing.

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At the Forefront of Foster Care in India

In many countries around the world, the standard practice for children who are abandoned or relinquished is to place them into institutional care. Long-term stays in orphanages, however, can lead to both physical and emotional harm to a child. There is plenty of research on the topic of course, but all of us at LWB have seen firsthand the difference it makes in a child’s life when they are instead given the opportunity to be raised in family-based care.

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Emergency Food Relief in India

We recently discussed the situation of orphanages in western Odisha, India with YCDA, our partner for foster care there. They informed us that there are 16 orphanages which are registered by the government but receive no government support. Normally, these orphanages rely on local donations for the children, but with the rapid spread of COVID in the region, most local donations have come to a halt. This region is already severely impoverished, so the 533 children living in these orphanages are in great need of emergency food relief.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Final Day

Usually, the final day of a medical mission is a bit slower, as the team winds down a week that is often physically exhausting. That was not the case today in Uganda. The doctors and nurses were determined to help as many children as possible receive surgery, which brought the total number of operations completed this week to 187.  Last month, we thought Dr. Situma was dreaming big at 100 surgeries, but clearly, with such an enormous need for hurting children, that dream had to grow even higher.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Five

The Ugandan people are celebrated for their spirit of generosity. Did you know that Uganda accepts more people fleeing persecution and war-torn lands than any other country on earth?  Over 1.4 million refugees have found safety in her borders.  When asked why such a poverty-stricken country would continue to help others in need, most Ugandans simply answer, “Because it’s the right thing to do.” Even those who have nothing material to give still offer their abundant prayers.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Four

The medical team in Uganda has definitely found an amazing rhythm, as today 38 children received operations. That is something truly wonderful to celebrate!  Let’s all give a standing ovation to this amazing group of doctors and nurses who have come together at Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital this week with the sole purpose of helping kids find healing.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Three

Another wonderful surgery day has been completed in Uganda, with 35 more children receiving operations. The medical team operated for 12 straight hours today and added a fourth operating room table to make sure every possible child who came this week will be healed.

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Uganda Pediatric Surgery Mission: Day Two

As the campus of Holy Innocents Children’s Hospital filled with waiting families, the first day of surgeries got started bright and early. Excitement filled the air as each parent heard the news that their child was being added to the surgery schedule.

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