LWB Community Blog


Bring Light: Meet Elsa

I first met Elsa and her two sisters in 2017 when they enrolled at our Rangsei Village school in Cambodia. After getting to know Elsa’s family, we learned that this little girl came a very long way each day to have the opportunity to receive an education.

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Bring Light to a Child in Need

For many people around the world who live in larger towns and cities, it’s actually unusual to experience true, complete darkness. Most of us have street lights or other homes near us with electricity, and so being in absolute blackness is a rare occurrence. Once the sun goes down, many children in rural regions have no ability to do homework. Studies have shown that children without access to electricity and light at home perform more poorly at school than those who do.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part II)

In India, the need for cardiac care for children is almost overwhelming. Congenital heart disease is responsible for 28 percent of all congenital birth defects, making it the most common congenital disorder. According to a report by the Indian Academy of Pediatrics (IAP), approximately one-fifth of the over 200,000 born with congenital heart disease require an intervention to survive their first year of life. Around 80,000 children die in India every year because of heart defects. You can see why we were so anxious to get started helping children through our special new partnership with Amrita Hospital.

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Our Newest Cardiac Initiative: India (Part I)

In India, over 200,000 children are born each year with congenital heart defects. More than 70,000 of those children need intervention during their first year of life. A majority of families in India make just enough money to survive from day to day. So, when a child is born with a heart defect and the family learns of the cost of the required surgery, imagine the devastation and heartache felt when that sum is unattainable. Money should never be the reason that a child does not get a chance at life.

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Share Your Heart With Valerie

Valerie is the beloved baby in a family of five children. She was born with VSD and PDA heart defects, as well as Down syndrome. When her mother received her youngest’s difficult diagnosis, she was overcome with sadness and worry. She feared for Valerie’s life, for how and where they could even get the complicated surgery in Uganda, and for how she would pay for it.

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Share Your Heart With Jackson

Learning that their son had a serious, life-threatening heart defect that would require open-heart surgery was a complete surprise for Jackson’s parents. Their three-year-old looks so healthy that it was difficult to accept. If Jackson doesn’t receive the partial AV canal repair he needs, his heart will fail.

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Share Your Heart With Luke

When little Luke was having breathing difficulties that were not improving, it was assumed that he had pneumonia. Upon examination, doctors soon realized that his labored breathing was a symptom of something far more serious. Their six-month-old baby boy’s struggle to breathe was due to a significant problem with his tiny heart.

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Three Months After Heart Surgery: A Joyful Update

The last time we wrote about these six precious children, they had arrived home to Uganda following heart repair surgeries in India just in time for Christmas. We are so excited to share with you how each of them has been doing since their heart surgeries in India three months ago. They are all growing and thriving!

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Meet Maria from the Pari Healing Home

The Pari Healing Home is a home specifically dedicated to orphaned and relinquished children with HIV. The owner and caretakers at the home are passionate about giving these children the opportunity to have a wonderful childhood; they work to ensure not only that their health is closely monitored but also that their whole person is supported. The children celebrate holidays with gusto, have opportunities to learn and participate in many extracurricular activities, and are given a special birthday celebration each year. The Pari Healing Home works hard to build up the children’s self-esteem and teaches them that they are valuable and can contribute to society just as much as the next person

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Kinley: A Heart That Can’t Wait

For baby Kinley, every day matters. She is in a short window of time when a complicated heart surgery could save her life. If too much time passes, too many days go by without repairing her heart defect, she will most likely not survive.

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