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Stories of Hope: Paul

On our very first visit to western Cambodia in 2016, we met a beautiful girl named Christine. Two years before, she’d been diagnosed with tuberculosis, a bacterial infection that primarily affects the lungs. Christine’s family did everything they could to help her, even selling their land and possessions in order to try and afford her medical care. But they were still short of the funds needed. In order to try and save her life, her brother Paul, then a senior in high school, decided to sacrifice his own future in order to help pay for tuberculosis treatment for the sister he loved.

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Danna’s Big Dreams

Several weeks ago, we introduced our community to a remarkable and resilient young woman named Danna. When Danna was younger, she and her sister were forced to go to a shelter when their mom was unable to care for them, and it was at the shelter that Danna was able to attend school for the first time.  Her teachers soon realized that she was a natural learner and teacher.

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Dreaming Big for Danna

Today, we want to introduce you to a remarkable and resilient young lady who is in need of additional sponsors. Danna has overcome so many obstacles in her life, yet she remains committed to her education as well as helping others to learn.

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MERCY Youth: Focus on Robert

LWB has provided higher education support for orphaned and impoverished students in China since 2004. When we expanded our work into Cambodia, we knew that higher education support was a program we wanted to replicate. The high dropout rates in this part of Cambodia are primarily due to economic issues. Often, students face intense pressure from parents for their child to drop out of school to earn money for the family. In addition, many rural families can’t afford the school-related expenses such as uniforms, books, and teacher fees, so their children simply can’t attend. LWB is making a real difference in this western region by providing school tuition, tutoring, and mentorship to high school students.

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Peter: Giving Back

Did you know that LWB is helping not only younger children in Cambodia but older teens as well through our Impoverished Student Support program? We want to introduce you to Peter, a wonderful young man who gives of his time and talents to help younger kids in his neighborhood have the opportunity to better their lives.

Peter is currently in grade 11 and lives with his mother and two younger sisters in a home where his mother is employed as a housekeeper. Read more.

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Yvonne: A Champion In Our Eyes

Yvonne’s mother died giving birth to her, and two years later her father lost his life in a car accident.  Now Yvonne is being raised by her grandparents who work in rice paddy fields in rural Hunan to support the family. We are very pleased to count Yvonne as part of our Impoverished Student Support program.

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Currently eight years old, Yvonne is in fourth grade. Her school is in an area with beautiful scenery but also poor road conditions with large pot holes. Read more.

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Everything Education

With August drawing to a close, it seems like a great time to reflect on what’s happened this summer. Our Education program has been particularly active the last few months!

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From creating new classrooms for orphaned children with special needs children to Life Skills Camp for older teens and young adults, our team has been extremely busy. Read more.

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LWB’s Back To School Supply Drive

For many of us, August means “Back to School”.  It’s the time of year when we take our children shopping and help them choose school supplies. Of course, the children in our Education programs do not have parents to get them a special new backpack or to help their school purchase needed educational materials, so we are holding a Back to School Supply Drive to help the orphaned and impoverished children in our programs…and we invite you to help be a part of kicking the school year off in a great way!

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Donations from $10 to $30 can be made to our Back to School Supply Drive, and with these donations you can purchase a variety of classroom supplies like toys for imaginary play or backpacks filled with essential supplies for impoverished and orphaned children heading back to school this fall. Read more.

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Jack Has Graduated!

Since 2011, LWB has been helping an impoverished student from Guangdong province named Jack.  In his initial letter to us back in 2011, he wrote:

I do not know how to write a letter in English, but to start, I want to say thank you! If my grammar or vocabulary seems foreign, please forgive me. God bless you, for you are a good man or woman.  Would you like to know my story? Though I know little about you, I want to share. When I was three years old, I fell ill with a terrible sickness. My parents went to many hospitals,but no doctors could help me. Finally, my family gave up. As a result, I cannot stand up or walk like other people. I have to use my hands to  walk. I recently discovered that my disease is called polio or infantile paralysis.

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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.

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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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