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Twenty Adoptions from Foster Care

Because we believe so strongly that every child born deserves a permanent family of his or her own, we of course celebrate each and every time a child in one of our programs is adopted. We just had to share the wonderful news that since the beginning of 2016, twenty children from our foster care program have been adopted, both internationally and domestically!

Leo

We wish a fond farewell to seven boys and thirteen girls who are now precious sons or daughters. Read more.

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Inspiring Steps

The first time our Foster Care Director, Arlene Howard, and I visited Liuzhi in 2011, we fell head over heels for a little boy with cerebral palsy.

John smiling in green

He couldn’t walk, but he could sit on a tiny plastic stool and scoot himself slowly around the small orphanage room. It took such great determination on his part. The entire time we were there he worked so hard to scoot himself around, following us like a little puppy to make sure we kept giving him crackers.
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Pearl Coming Out of Her Shell

Pearl with new wheelchair

We would like to introduce you to Pearl from our Liuzhi foster care program. We first met her back in March 2011, when we visited her orphanage with the desire to set up a foster care program. She was very quiet and silently stared at us, watching everything we did. She would take things we held out to her, but understandably she did not want to make much eye contact with us or speak to us. Read more.

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Dreaming of Higher Education

Every year in China, the national college entrance exam (Gao Kao) is administered, and sitting for this national exam remains the best (and often only) way for a rural child to escape a life of poverty. The nine-hour test is offered just once a year and is the sole determinant for admission to Chinese university. Almost ten million students sit for the exam each year, trying to receive a coveted spot at one of the 1900 colleges in China. The competition is fierce, and families push their children to study for hours each and every day throughout their high school years.

Anxious parents keep vigil outside of an exam site

For an orphaned child to sit for this exam is an accomplishment in itself. For an orphaned child to pass the exam with high enough marks to enter university is extraordinary.
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First Day of the 2011 PT Camp

We arrived at the Zhongshan SWI today to begin the PT Training Program for 20 staff members in six orphanages in Guizhou Province. The morning began by providing attendees with an overview of cerebral palsy (CP). Caring for children born with CP can be quite a challenge given that every child born with CP is different. We moved right away to demonstrating positioning and exercise techniques while evaluating eight children from the Zhongshan and Liuzhi SWIs. We were so moved to hear the concerns of the directors and staff who sincerely want the children in their care to have a better life. It was obvious to us that the children are very loved and have strong positive relationships with their caregivers. We also answered many questions about helping children with spina bifida.

The little boy in the top photo was first seen during a March visit to Guizhou by several LWB team members. He also has spina bifida, but he is now walking everywhere!
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Journey to Guizhou – Day Five (Liuzhi)

The journey to Liuzhi can only be described as HARROWING, and I would like to recommend to anyone traveling between mountain cities in Guizhou that their train system is lovely. : -) Picture mountain cliffs with no railing, two lane roads with trucks passing around corners, fog, wind, rain, and thousand foot drop offs. When we finally made it to the city, our driver told us he was happy we did it in the dark, as he thought our hearts wouldn’t have taken doing it during the day. That certainly made me smile.
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