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Healing Home Hair By Paddy

For the past 12 years, LWB’s Healing Home manager, Paddy, has given haircuts to the children in our care. He’s a firm believer that shaving babies’ hair makes it grow in thicker, and this week he took his clippers around to some of the children who needed a trim.

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Foster Brothers Asher and Zeke

Last September, two little boys entered the same foster family. Asher was five years old, and Zeke was three. These two boys are not related by blood, but they have become extremely close and are definitely brothers in their hearts!

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Elgin’s Story of Hope and Healing

Some of you will remember that right before Christmas 2019, newborn preemie Elgin was found in the cold. We rushed him to LWB’s partner hospital in Hefei. Baby Elgin was admitted to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) weighing just 1.3 kgs, or 2.9 pounds. After spending over a month in the hospital at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin reached the “magic weight” of 4 lbs and could leave the hospital at last.

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Voices of Uganda: Deborah

As we spoke, she was either covering her face and giggling, or swelling with tears. Deborah is a woman of great joy and compassion, and I liked her right away. She works twelve-hour days, from 6 AM to 6 PM, as one of the cooks for the Mukono Healing Home in Uganda. For eight years, she has been working hard at this job. And to her work, she pours out an abundance of skill and heart.

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Children’s Day 2020

June 1 is International Children’s Day, a time set aside to promote the welfare and well-being of children around the world.  In China, this day is usually a favorite for children living in orphanages as they are often treated to a special meal or receive gifts of fruit or sweets.  Many orphanages will take the children in their care to parks or other outdoor locations as well.  This year in China COVID-19 restrictions meant that many of the celebrations for orphaned children, including the kids in our healing home, were held indoors.

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Voices of Uganda: Joyce

She knows the kids, their names, their personalities, and how many nappies they wear each day. The children in her care are vulnerable. They have significant medical needs and have suffered the trauma of being separated from their parents. But she shows up and is there for them, day after day. She’s a familiar, dependable person in their lives. Joyce oversees the mountainous volume of laundry at the Mukono Healing Home.

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Voices From Uganda: Victor

He sweeps, straightens, wipes down toys, and takes out the garbage. In a home full of babies, there is much to do, and his work is vital. Essential workers. Our focus on them is sharper right now, isn’t it? COVID-19 has renewed our gratitude for those who provide the basic services that our world needs. We have a stronger grasp on how life would slow to a stop without the services they provide. And for a home full of vulnerable children in Uganda, there are many essential workers. Victor is the custodian at the Mukono Baby Home, a healing home which is supported in part by Love Without Boundaries.

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Hooray for Ryder

At the very end of 2019, we received an urgent call from an orphanage who had received a newborn baby in critical condition.  Tiny Ryder was moved right away to the provincial children’s hospital, where he  spent the first four months of his life in an ICU incubator.

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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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Auden

Over Christmas, my kids had a laugh-filled night remembering some of the rare times I’d gone “full Mama Bear” when they were being bullied. I kept shaking my head and telling them they were highly exaggerating the actual facts, but inside I was happy that they definitely seemed to know I’d be there for them no matter what. That’s the beauty of a caring family, isn’t it? That we’d do everything possible to help each other in times of need.

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