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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Update on Colton

In celebration of Chinese New Year, we’re sharing updates on children served through our Unity Initiative. This program, for kids in poverty who were born with medical needs, is bringing hope to rural families. On our last blog we shared about little Anneke and how her surgery will now allow her to go to school. Today we want to update you on Colton, a handsome little boy who just had his second birthday. Colton had heart surgery back in May during LWB’s first cardiac surgery exchange in Anhui province.

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Celebrating Chinese New Year: An Update on Anneke

In celebration of Chinese New Year, we want to bring you updates on two children who were healed through LWB’s Unity Initiative. This program helps keep families united by providing life-saving surgeries to children living in poverty. We receive requests every single month from families desperate to provide medical care to their children, but who have no financial means of doing so. The letters they send us are often heartrending, as was the one written by seven-year-old Anneke’s mom.

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Jason: Experiencing Life and Love With His Foster Family

We first met Jason in March of 2015 as a two-month-old little boy with a GI defect in need of immediate care. Following surgery and many months at the Anhui Healing Home, Jason’s medical needs were stabilized, and he was able to move out of the healing home and into LWB foster care. Jason was welcomed with open arms by a happy foster family in Anhui.

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The Year in Foster Care: 2016

As we prepare to ring in the Year of Rooster and farewell the Year of the Monkey, we continue to reflect upon 2016.

This week we feature the children in our foster care programs. Read more.

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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. Read more.

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Being A Healing Home Nanny

When we tell the stories of children in our Medical and Healing Homes programs, we often mention the nannies.  The crucial role that these women play in the lives of the children in their care cannot be underestimated. Healing Home nannies typically spend more time with these children than anyone else has in their entire lives.  The first real relationship that many of these orphaned children will have with an adult is with their nanny.

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One of the former nannies in our healing homes program, Liu Yan, tells us about her experiences and feelings — from the nanny’s perspective. Read more.

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In the Spirit of the Red Envelope

Every Chinese New Year, we eagerly wait for our monthly foster care reports to come in. Of course we really look forward to adorable photos of children holding new toys, wearing new clothes, or beaming at the lucky red envelope in their hand.

CNY2015 red envelope

Our hearts are moved by stories of children in our foster care program celebrating as part of a family. We read about children working alongside their foster granny as she prepares traditional Chinese food and snacks for the festival and imagine the child soaking up the aroma and sneaking little tastes in the kitchen. Read more.

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Foster Care Is About Family

With Chinese New Year approaching, this is a special time in China. Chinese New Year, or the Spring Festival, is the most important holiday of the year, and families look forward to spending time together and welcoming the new year with many exciting traditions and feasts.

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When we think of the celebrating taking place, it warms our hearts to know that children in our foster care program are celebrating as part of a family, as family traditions are so much of what this wonderful holiday is all about. Read more.

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Love For Conjoined Twins Harley and James

Conjoined twins Harley and James have been released from the hospital to wait until the full amount of funds have been raised for their surgery. As of now, the surgery to separate the boys is scheduled to occur at Fudan University Children’s Hospital in Shanghai on February 17 if funding is in place — right after the end of the Chinese New Year celebration.

conjoined twins with grandma

Harley and James’ parents are from a remote farming village in Guizhou, which is a long journey from Shanghai. After the boys were discharged from the hospital, their parents traveled with them to Guangxi province, to stay while they wait for news about the surgery.  To save money, they found a house that is scheduled to be demolished, and they will live there until Chinese New Year is over.
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Phillip: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

When Love Without Boundaries met Phillip, he was welcomed into our Heartbridge Healing Home feeling pretty lousy. Heavily jaundiced and suffering from a bad cold, Philip wore a deep frown most of the time.

Philip at intake

After just a few weeks of nanny love, nourishment and a chance to recuperate, Phillip started feeling much better. He learned to cry when he wanted to be picked up and cuddled. He learned that it was safe to make eye contact, intently looking into his nanny’s eyes when she spoke to him. Read more.

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