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Meeting Ifan

While traveling in China recently, I took the opportunity to take a side trip to meet a very special boy. Ifan had been part of the Love Without Boundaries foster care program since he was a baby. He lived with a wonderful foster family and was particularly close to his foster father. They would work in the courtyard garden and look at cars together. Ifan really loved visiting the neighbors in the small community in which they lived.  Then one year ago, his orphanage recalled all the children back to the institution, and Ifan lost the security of living with the family he loved.

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Life Skills Camp – Day Five

Day five of our Life Skills Camp was a very special one for the campers as they boarded an early morning bus heading to Beidaihe, a popular beach destination in China. It was the first time the teens had ever been to the sea shore, and their excitement was overflowing.

LSC Day Five

First up, however, we had more Life Skills for them to learn, this time involving personal safety. We were blessed to have Kungfu Master Ding join the camp to teach everyone some essential self defense moves. As you can see from the photos, the kids had a wonderful time learning about protecting themselves and practicing their newly learned skills on each other! Read more.

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Diego Puts His Best Foot Forward

Born with congenital club foot, three-year-old Diego joined LWB’s Foster Care Program when he was eleven months old. Living with his loving foster family provided him not only with security and stability but gave him the chance of receiving the continued daily treatment that he needed after corrective surgery.

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Diego wore orthopedic braces for his feet every night for months, which he didn’t like too much at all. Some nights he managed to get them off, and once he even broke them. His wonderful foster mother never wavered in her care of him and made sure that he kept the devices on for the time needed for optimal results. Read more.

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Welcoming New Students to Jinjiang Believe in Me

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The Jinjiang Believe in Me (BIM) School is something special.  Children with special needs who are unable to attend a regular public school participate in meaningful educational activities that allow children to grow both cognitively and emotionally. Jinjiang BIM teachers receive specialized training to help their students reach their full potential. Read more.

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Tara: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Being born with clubfoot is a very common limb defect. Early treatment is much easier for the child and usually results in a relatively normal foot appearance and function. LWB is grateful to be working with An Orphan’s Wish, which operates a facility specializing in clubfoot casting using the gentle Ponseti method. Children sent to this facility receive clubfoot casting treatment and care, bracing and physical therapy as necessary, as well as educational services… all in a loving environment.  By partnering together, we are able to help more orphaned children in China receive the specialized care they need.

Because each child’s situation and medical circumstances are unique, it is difficult to predict exactly how long the casting process will take to get the best possible outcome. Funds that were originally raised can be depleted and yet a child may need to stay longer to complete their casting. Tara, a beautiful girl being helped by LWB, is in just that situation.
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“Big Brother” Blake

A group of volunteers were visiting an orphanage in May when they met a sweet, almost seven-year-old boy who was having difficulty breathing as well as noticeable clubbing of the fingers & toes. When these volunteers inquired about him, they were told that his heart condition was quite severe and inoperable. They reached out to LWB’s Medical director to see if there was any way to help this bright boy, whom they named Blake. By the first week in July, Blake had arrived at the hospital for testing so the doctors could determine exactly what was going on with his heart. He was naturally scared at the beginning, but it didn’t take long for his sunny personality to shine!

Blake’s ever-present smile!

Fortunately, the doctors determined that Blake’s condition was operable, and he had life-saving surgery on July 22nd. Within a few days, his energy level increased and he quickly became the “big brother” to all of the heart babies arriving.
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Timothy, Ready and Waiting!

This sweet smile belongs to Timothy, a young man who was in LWB’s Nutrition program in Deyang, Sichuan Province, in 2007.  Timothy received club foot casting through An Orphan’s Wish in Guilin, using the Ponseti method to gently move his feet into proper position. He arrived in August 2009 and was discharged nearly a year later in July 2010. Timothy also has a diagnosis of arthrogryposis. Currently he is six years old and wears an insole in his shoes. He no longer wears braces except for when he sleeps at night.
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Cassie’s Transformation

Cassie is a beautiful five and a half-year-old girl from Huainan who is receiving treatment for club feet. Usually gentle, serial casting using the Ponseti method takes about twelve months, but Cassie is a special case because she also has Larson’s Syndrome, which affects her knees as well. Cassie couldn’t bear any weight on her legs prior to a knee surgery and her casting, so she spent her days lying in her crib. She has been at the casting facility for two years following surgery on her knees and is doing very well. Because of Cassie’s extended stay, she is on our website for sponsorship to cover her additional expenses. She is doing so well that we do not want to send her back to her orphanage until we are sure her feet will not regress.
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Katie: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Six-month-old Katie came to our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit this spring to treat club feet caused by arthrogryposis (a disorder that is causing contracture of the joints in Katie’s hands and feet), and also to help Katie gain weight. At two months of age, she weighed only 2.19 kg or 4.8 pounds. Look how tiny she looks in the picture below!
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Joseph’s Hope for Healing

Do you ever just feel amazed by the hope you see in a child’s life?   Little Joseph is active and fun-loving inspite of all the challenges he faces.

Never letting his leg deformity of club foot as well as a missing bone hold him back, Joseph loves to swim and fish with his foster family.
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