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Unity Initiative: Helping Families From Yunnan

LWB’s Unity Initiative has been in place for eight years now, with the hope of relieving the desperation felt by rural families who cannot afford medical care for their children.  Recently, more and more families in the far western province of Yunnan have learned about this program, and in the last few weeks alone, we have had eight families apply for help.

Dulce 3 4.13.16

This week, we learned about a young couple who are farmers near Zhaotong, a mountainous and remote town in northeastern Yunnan. It is a six hour bus ride from their rural home to the capitol city of Kunming, and they arrived this week hoping someone would be able to help their baby daughter, whom we are calling Dulce, to have the cleft surgery she needs. Read more.

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A Mother’s Desperation

About a month ago, XianRui began complaining that her tooth hurt.  After some time, her jaw began swelling on the left side and she began running a high fever. XianRui’s parents borrowed money to take her to the doctor and were encouraged to go on to the hospital in Kunming. By the time they arrived, she had an infection in her bloodstream, and doctors discovered that she also had TB.  

XianRui’s mother heard about LWB’s Unity Fund, which is designed to help families remain together, and wrote to ask for our help in getting treatment for her precious daughter. Read more.

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A Mama of Her Own for Alejandra

LWB’s Medical Program first met Alejandra in early 2011 when her orphanage in Guizhou Province asked us to help provide for her medical care. Alejandra was born with a severe facial cleft and needed cleft surgery, as well as another surgery for a painful and complicated hernia. At four years old she had her hernia surgery first.

Alejandra before her cleft lip surgery…

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Cousins Benefit from Unity Fund

We were first asked to help Jiang when he was eleven months old. A relative of Jiang’s worked as a nanny in an orphanage where we help many children, and the nanny directed Jiang’s family to apply for help through Love Without Boundaries. Partnering with Smile Train in Kunming, we were able to provide cleft lip surgery for Jiang in February of 2012 with the help of our Unity Fund. His family traveled 200 miles from their home in a rural town in Guizhou to seek help for their son. Read more.

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