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Journey to Odisha, India: Part II

As I mentioned in my blog yesterday, I recently had the opportunity to visit several locations in the impoverished western region of Odisha, India, meeting with a wonderful local charity called YCDA. With limited resources, they provide essential support to orphaned and vulnerable children. During my trip, we were given permission to visit several local orphanages.

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Life Skills Camp: First Day At The Beach

Each year during Life Skills camp, we dedicate one day to taking all the teens to a beach. Since these teens have grown up in orphanages, it is the first time that any of them have seen the sea. Beach day is always a highlight, and this year’s campers made the most of this exciting “first”!

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Life Skills Camp: The Great Wall and More

Today, the teens attending our Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens traveled to the Mutianyu portion of the Great Wall. The weather forecast was calling for rain, but fortunately it held off while they were there.

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2016 Life Skills Camp

Over the last twelve years, we have been honored to help teens who grew up in orphanage care but were never matched with permanent families. These young adults will usually end up on their own sometime between the ages of 18 and 24, and our hope is to do whatever we can to help best them prepare for that day.


As part of our initiative to help these older orphaned teens, last year we held our very first Life Skills Camp – and it was a resounding success! This camp will center once more upon the theme, “The World is Better With Me In It.” 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!

BIM Huainan morning exercises 8.15

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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Rebecca’s Story

At age 13, Rebecca was already a beautiful young lady when we opened our Believe in Me orphanage school in Huainan in the fall of 2007. At that time, Rebecca had recovered from heart surgery and was attending public school. She received tutoring services through LWB, which meant that she returned to the orphanage mid-day for lunch, and the teachers helped her then as well as in the evenings and on Saturdays. Even though she attended a public school, Rebecca joined the Believe in Me students on field trips and loved each one! Read more.

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Letters from Life Skills Camp

Our first-ever Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens and young adults was last week, and we have been going through scores of photos and evaluations from the mentors and campers. We just received these heartwarming letters of thanks from some of the campers about what the camp meant to them:

LSC Cherry RebeccaNew friends Cherry and Rebecca

Rebecca from Anhui: I thank the foundation for giving me this chance to let me learn a lot in this summer camp, and to let me make many friends. This journey has left everyone with wonderful memories, memories that will let me remember each bit of my trip to Beijing. Read more.

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Life Skills Camp – Final Day

“Beginnings are often scary, and endings are often sad. But it is everything in between that makes it all worthwhile.”

Today was the final day of our first ever Life Skills camp, and we are giving thanks that it was an incredible week which all of us will remember forever.  Before I write more about today, I want to give a deep and sincere thank you to all of our amazing mentors in China, who volunteered this week to invest into these wonderful teens.  To Ruan Wei Chang, Liu Hui Ping, Zhuang Li Ying, Yang Ya Wen, Ma Yu Jia, Cai Yan Yue, Sun Li Ping, Chen Min, and Qi Rui – thank you for being a part of our team. And to our LWB China directors who led the camp (Cindy, Yvonne, and Susie) – your hearts are what make this foundation strong.

directorsLWB Directors Cindy, Yvonne, and Susie

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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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Life Skills Camp – Day Four

Today our Life Skills campers had a morning visit to the Beijing Olympic Village where they got to see the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and of course the Olympic Friendlies.

IMG_0753Bird’s Nest

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