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Favorite Moments from Our Education Programs in 2016

January is the perfect time to reflect upon the year that just ended. Last week we featured a look back at our Medical program’s highlights, and this week we will be focusing on some of our favorite moments from our Education programs in 2016!

In 2016, our Education program truly evolved. Later this week we will talk about some of the changes that will inform the work that we are doing in 2017 as we expand in Cambodia and Uganda. But today, we want to focus on our 2016 education programs in China and share some of our favorite moments.

January
The children from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Shaoguan had the chance to do some cooking. On school days, our School Nutrition program provides them with a healthy snack each day, but for a special lesson they were able to help make, cook and serve some fresh dumplings to each other. Children in orphanages do not often have the opportunity to observe or participate in the process of cooking, so this was a wonderful new way to learn about how their food is prepared.

Lucia has some struggles with mobility, but it looks like chopping and mixing provided good opportunity for her to put her fine motor skills to work. LWB’s Believe in Me schools aim to incorporate inclusive activities for children with a wide range of special needs.

David enjoys the finished product.

Zane looks as if he’s ready for a stint on Top Chef!

February
Chinese New Year is the most important day in the Chinese calendar, and our students from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan celebrated in style with singing, dancing and red monkeys in honor of the Year of the Monkey.

Celebrating traditions like Chinese New Year together helps the schools create a sense of community and belonging among the students while affirming their cultural heritage. In addition, it’s a whole lot of fun!

Buddies Ryan and Brandon enjoyed celebrating together.

March
Music and art are important parts of the Believe in Me curriculum. The students from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Jinjiang loved playing along with the keyboard as well as making some of their own music with instruments and singing.

Henry is singing along while he shakes some bells.

Howard played the xylophone with great intensity!

Enjoy this video of the whole class clapping and singing together.

April
After doing a month-long unit about plants, spring, insects and bees, the students at our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi had the chance to go hunt for beehives.

They weren’t successful in finding any honey, but they sure enjoyed their time in the warm spring weather as they observed nature blossoming around them.

What a wonderful way to bring alive concepts discussed in the classroom!

Tomorrow we’ll share some more of our favorite moments from 2016.

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