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Meet Liv from LWB Foster Care

Baby Liv is from the beautiful province of Guizhou, a mountainous part of China which is home to many Miao and Dong ethnic minority groups. Born with the special need of albinism, an inherited condition which greatly reduces the amount of melanin produced in the skin, hair, and eyes, Liv was taken to live at […]

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Left Behind: One Boy’s Story

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Yesterday I wrote about my visit to rural Guizhou this past summer. The final day of our time there happened to coincide with the annual Miao dragon boat races, one of the largest Miao festivals held each year. Over twenty different villages come together for this special day, each arriving in their own unique traditional dress, so of course we wanted to go. Read more.

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A Visit to Rural Guizhou

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This summer I spent most of July visiting our programs in China, and I spent one week of it in the southwestern province of Guizhou. This province is still one of China’s poorest economically, but I feel one of the richest when it comes to natural beauty and diversity of culture. Read more.

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Mind, Body and Soul: YOU Made This Happen

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all. ~Aristotle

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What an incredible experience our Mind, Body, and Soul campaign has been! It all began with someone asking to help a small, remote school, in the village of Yashui in Guizhou province. This one inspired idea turned into a huge campaign that went beyond everyone’s wildest dreams. Read more.

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Nurturing Mind, Body, and Soul of the “Left Behind” Children

Learning is a treasure that will follow its owner everywhere. ~Chinese Proverb

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In China, there are over 60 million children whose parents have left their rural villages to search for work in the cities. These “left behind” children stay with aging grandparents or with family friends, although it is estimated that 2 million of them are left completely on their own to fend for themselves. Many of these children haven’t seen their parents in years. Read more.

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Terrific Tara!

In early 2012 LWB began a foster care program in Kaili, Guizhou Province. One of the first children we took into our program was a baby girl born with dwarfism, whom we named Tara.

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Tara had the most devoted foster mom, who wore her in a traditional Guizhou baby carrier for much of the day. Our local manager always enjoyed visiting her home each month, as she was such a good-natured baby who quickly grew into a very determined toddler. She loved visiting the market with her foster mom, and no matter what the temperature her favorite thing in the world was to be outside. Read more.

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Weng’An, Guizhou

The trip from Kaili to Weng’An took approximately 2.5 hours. Weng’An is part of the Qiannan Buyi and Miao prefecture, and has a population of just 400,000 which is of course quite small for China. This mountainous region is the source of the Wuyang River, which has carved out beautiful canyons throughout Eastern Guizhou. Farmers here grow corn and rice, and the industry of the town is coal and phosphate mining. We were told that all of the children in the orphanage are “true orphans,” meaning their parents had died. In fact, just days before our arrival a coal mine had flooded, trapping 41 miners underground. Two sisters had come into the orphanage just weeks before, when their parents had passed away. Read more.

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Return to Kaili

Our first full day in China was spent in Qiandongnan, in the southeastern part of Guizhou province.  This was my third visit to this mountainous region, and I always love coming here because the foster families in our program are just fantastic.  As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, Qiandongnan is a Miao and Dong minority prefecture.

One of the first kids we met was Cecilia, seen above, who was leaving for her adoption day just a few hours after we arrived.   Read more.

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Our Top Ten Photos of 2012: Baby Jana in Guizhou

We loved this photo of baby Jana from LWB’s Guizhou Foster Care Program so much that we used it for our LWB holiday card!


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Maria

Maria is a darling girl who has been featured in our blog several times. Now 2.5 years old, Maria came to our Heartbridge Pediatric Healing Unit when she was just 12 months old. She has been suffering from a rare disorder, possibly Cyclical Vomiting Syndrome, in which she cannot keep down any food or drink […]

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