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Mind, Body and Soul: YOU Made This Happen

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ~Aristotle

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What an incredible experience our Mind, Body, and Soul campaign has been! It all began with someone asking to help a small, remote school, in the village of Yashui in Guizhou province. This one inspired idea turned into a huge campaign that went beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Read more.

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Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul of the “Left Behind” Children

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb

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In China, there are over 60 million children whose parents have left their rural villages to search for work in the cities. These “left behind” children stay with aging grandparents or with family friends, although it is estimated that 2 million of them are left completely on their own to fend for themselves. Many of these children haven’t seen their parents in years. Read more.

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Meeting Yong

The third day of our trip found us waking up in a Buyi minority village in Kaiyung County. 95% of Buyi people live in Guizhou, usually in river valleys. As you can see from the photos, they favor two and three story houses, made of both stone and wood, and walking through the village was a very peaceful experience.
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Weng’An, Guizhou

The trip from Kaili to Weng’An took approximately 2.5 hours. Weng’An is part of the Qiannan Buyi and Miao prefecture, and has a population of just 400,000 which is of course quite small for China. This mountainous region is the source of the Wuyang River, which has carved out beautiful canyons throughout Eastern Guizhou. Farmers here grow corn and rice, and the industry of the town is coal and phosphate mining. We were told that all of the children in the orphanage are “true orphans,” meaning their parents had died. In fact, just days before our arrival a coal mine had flooded, trapping 41 miners underground. Two sisters had come into the orphanage just weeks before, when their parents had passed away. Read more.

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Coats for Kids in Guizhou

LWB has been asked to do a very special project for a rural, mountainous village in southwest Guizhou Province. ChaYing village, home to a Buyi ethnic minority group, is one of the poorest villages in Guizhou. We have been asked if it would be possible for us to provide a new coat and warm thermal underwear to every child in the village. There are 105 children who currently live in Chaying.. Read more.

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