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International Day Of Happiness

March 20 is not only the first day of spring, but it’s the International Day of Happiness!  With not one but two things to celebrate, we thought we’d share some things that bring us happiness:

Happiness is…hot lunches and full tummies!

Our Nutrition programs in Cambodia and Uganda ensure that children in our Education programs receive a hot, nutritious lunch each day. Read more.

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Welcoming the Lucky Iron Fish

What could be in these fun little packages that were recently delivered to the kids at our Believe in Me schools in Cambodia?

They’re a product that is ingenious in its simplicity called “Lucky Iron Fish”!
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Cleft Surgery and Nutrition

Many beautiful new smiles were made during our Cleft Medical Exchange this April!

Mary Beth before and after cleft repair surgery

Before the surgeons could work their magic, the children all had to meet several important milestones, one being that babies must weigh at least ten pounds before having surgery. Ten pounds doesn’t sound like a difficult weight to meet; however, one of the most immediate concern for a baby born with a cleft lip and palate is weight gain. Read more.

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Student Support: Meet Belle

Bright and determined are the first words that come to mind as we describe thirteen-year-old Belle, the final student we are featuring in our Impoverished Student Support Program.


To help pay for the family’s needs, Belle’s father works in Shenzhen while his family remains in rural Hunan, and they aren’t able to see him very often. Belle is extremely close with her mother and really misses her when she is away at middle school where she is a boarder. Read more.

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The Importance of “Ten”: The 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange

We are just a few days away from the start of our 2015 Cleft Medical Exchange, and today we wanted to let you know about the importance of “ten” when it comes to the kids.


On our international trips, we use a formula of “10-10-10” which every child needs to meet in order to safely have surgery. Read more.

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Hugs for Henry

Henry smiling

Henry is a handsome two-year-old boy who has been a part of our Loudi foster care program for a little over a year. Although his needs are complex, Henry has the most beautiful smile and is so full of joy! Read more.

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Cody: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Cody arrived at our Anhui Cleft Healing Home (ACHH) at just six weeks of age.  He was born with a unilateral cleft lip and palate and came to ACHH to receive individual care so that he would be ready for cleft lip surgery in a few months.  However, when he arrived he was pale, not very responsive, and appeared very weak with fever and diarrhea.  Quite concerned for little Cody, our staff brought him to have a medical evaluation the very next day.  At that examination, the doctor felt that Cody may actually have been born prematurely and showed signs of serious malnutrition.  Cody was admitted directly to the newborn baby floor for medication to treat the diarrhea and fevers and for nutrition support.  However, that was just the beginning.
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