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Emergency Food Relief Comes To A Flooded Region of Cambodia

As if the pandemic wasn’t enough to worry about right now, Cambodia has experienced massive flooding this past month. Tens of thousands of impoverished families have seen their homes and crops submerged. After meeting with the Cambodian government’s Orphans and Vulnerable Children taskforce, we immediately got to work delivering essential food supplies to impacted children and families in Banteay Meanchey, Battambang, and Pursat provinces. Over 8,000 pounds of food supplies were delivered last weekend alone.

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Emergency Food Relief for Buyange Village

Ever since the pandemic began, LWB has been providing emergency food relief to vulnerable children in the regions where we work. This past month, we distributed essential food supplies in the Namatumba district of Eastern Uganda.  This region has seen frequent episodes of severe hunger and childhood malnutrition and was hit last year by devastating hailstorms which destroyed hundreds of homes. Our team was determined to get critical food supplies to as many children in the Buyange village as possible. Bags of rice, beans, and corn flour were loaded onto trucks, and our team began the three-hour journey into the countryside.

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Emergency Food Relief in India

We recently discussed the situation of orphanages in western Odisha, India with YCDA, our partner for foster care there. They informed us that there are 16 orphanages which are registered by the government but receive no government support. Normally, these orphanages rely on local donations for the children, but with the rapid spread of COVID in the region, most local donations have come to a halt. This region is already severely impoverished, so the 533 children living in these orphanages are in great need of emergency food relief.

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Emergency Food Update

Last week, our amazing supporters made it possible for well over 1,000 families living in extreme poverty to receive life-sustaining food during the pandemic. With this great kindness, thousands of hungry children will now have essential meals over the coming month. Our teams on the ground delivering emergency supplies have been met with tears of gratitude, along with cheers and even dances of joy.

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“Let it Grow” at Sokhem Village

When LWB first began working in rural Sokhem Village, Cambodia in 2016, over 80% of the children there suffered from chronic malnutrition. Since that time, we’ve implemented an ongoing nutrition project to ensure that every child in the village who needs additional support can receive a healthy breakfast and lunch through our Believe in Me school program.

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Announcing The Sokhem Early Childhood Development Center

We’ve been counting the days until we could share some very exciting news. Our Sokhem Sibling School has evolved and will now be known as the Sokhem Early Childhood Development Center. Initially, our Sibling School was founded to face a critical need in rural Sokhem village. We learned that most of the adults in the village crossed into Thailand each day searching for work, leaving their children behind and on their own for long periods of time. Many of the children ages 6 and up were unable to attend primary school because they had to serve as full-time caregivers each day for their little sisters and brothers.

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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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2018 Cambodia Cardiac Trip – Final Day

When we initially put together the team for our first cardiac trip to Cambodia, we set a goal to screen 350 children.  Since congenital heart defects are the most common birth defect in the world, we wanted to make sure that the children in our programs didn’t go undiagnosed.   Over the last several days, our […]

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2018 Cambodia Cardiac Trip – Inside the Slums

The city of Poipet, Cambodia is absolutely exploding in growth right now. Since most forms of gambling are illegal in Thailand, the building of casinos just across the border in Cambodia continues nonstop. In addition, a major railway project to connect Bangkok with the capital city of Phnom Penh goes right through this gateway town. Today our medical team visited the large slum area located in the south of the city, where hundreds of children live right along the railroad track.

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Progress at the Sokhem Sibling School

We wanted to share some photos today from our Sokhem Sibling School in rural Cambodia because we’re so excited by the progress being made with this innovative program. First though, we want to share again just WHY this project is so important and why we believe it’s so critical that the Sibling School continues.

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