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Share the Love With Shayla This Valentine’s Day

This Valentine’s Day, we invite you to give back to a little girl whose parents who have devoted their lives to caring for orphaned children in China.

Shayla’s parents both worked tirelessly for the House of Love, an incredible residential care facility on the grounds of the Guilin orphanage in Guangxi.
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How It All Began: LWB’s Medical Program

Did you ever wonder just how LWB got started on its mission of helping orphaned and impoverished children in China? If so, we think you’ll enjoy reading about how our programs began small and grew to  help more children than our founders ever imagined! Amy Eldridge, LWB’s Executive Director, writes about LWB’s Medical program — the one that began it all. Read more.

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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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Samuel: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Samuel is an 18-month-old boy from the Guilin who was born with anal atresia. He has had surgery to intially correct the atresia but has had many problems with his colostomy scar. The scar continues to open up, allowing his intestines to protrude. He is such a sweet boy and is doing great otherwise. Being able to fix his scar will allow him to romp around with the other children without worry of injury or infection to the area. Samuel is in need of sponsors to help provide funds for this needed surgery. Every dollar counts! Sponsors will be updated periodically on his progress. Would you consider helping Samuel? If so, please visit his sponsor page!
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Hope: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

This is Baby Hope. She is only one month old and has had to fight very hard to make it this far! When she was found abandoned she was bruised and very, very jaundiced. She was also found to have a colorectal defect and needed to have surgery to install a colostomy right away to save her life. She needs to have additional surgery for her colorectal defect, and her colostomy isn’t functioning properly. In a few weeks, Hope is scheduled to be moved to Shanghai for this care when the top colorectal surgeon in the world will be at the hospital during a medical exchange.

Hope is very sweet-natured despite all she has been through but she still has a long road ahead of her. This first surgery will help Hope feel better start to grow and thrive. Please visit Hope’s sponsor page if you would like to help donate to her medical fees.
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Watch What I Can Do!

“Watch what I can do!”

Last summer, we featured Janie from our Xiao Xian foster care program in a piece called “The Face of Determination”.  Some of you may remember that Janie wished she could walk and run like the other children and was determined to do so; in fact, I nicknamed her Miss Determination! She would push a stool around or walk by hanging onto the wall. Janie wanted nothing more than to walk like her friends, and she begged her foster mom to “fix” her legs.

Janie, who is now four years old, went to An Orphan’s Wish to have her legs straightened and strengthened. Thanks to the Trowers and the wonderful treatment she received in Guilin, Janie’s dream came true! But don’t take our word for it — you can see the Janie’s joy for yourself as she demonstrates her newfound independence.
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Big-Hearted Adam

With the recent and continued changes in the Waiting Child program and the continued expansion of the multi-agency shared list, I sit here wondering how so many of these children are going to be spotted and found by their forever families.

Take four-year old Adam, for example. We’ve met him before on this blog in May 2009. He’s overcome several medical challenges in his four short years, so he appears to be a “difficult case” on paper. But when I see his reports come in, I watch him growing and thriving, developing a strong intellect and a big heart for those younger than him. I know there is so much more to him than he might appear to be in his file. And now, this child – who has a corrected club foot and has endured surgery for spina bifida – can walk! He’s such a hard worker. He needs to find his forever family. So I sit here and think, “How can I help?”
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