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Gabby Gives Back

Sixteen years ago, Gabby McElwain was born in China and then taken to an orphanage. LWB had recently set up foster care in her city, and we were very happy when she could move into a wonderful foster family instead of being confined to an orphanage crib. For over a year, she experienced the love of a family who cared for and cherished her.

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Stories of Hope: Tobias

In June of this year, an LWB team member stopped at an orphanage to pick up a little girl we were hoping to help medically. He thought it would be a fairly routine trip, as we had all the permissions already in place. While waiting for her final paperwork, he walked over to one of the orphanage cribs and saw a thin little boy who was clearly in distress.

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Stories of Hope: Zeke

When Zeke was first found abandoned as a baby, he was in a very fragile state. He struggled to feed and then battled both pneumonia and malaria, but the LWB community helped provide the extra care and support he needed in the orphanage. Zeke slowly began gaining strength, and we celebrated every developmental milestone this gorgeous little guy made.

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Stories of Hope: Ryder

Why hello, Gerber baby. Look at you with your squeezable cheeks, bright eyes, and a hint of a double chin.  Look at you all comfy and safe, with warm blankets, loving nannies, and arms ready to hold you. What a journey the past year has been, and how we wish you didn’t have to make it.

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Stories of Hope: Sampson

For the next six weeks during this special holiday season, we’ll be sharing stories about some of the children whose lives have been truly transformed because of this amazing LWB community. First up today is Sampson. It was exactly four years ago that we met this little boy who lives along the border region of Cambodia and Thailand. At just two years of age, Sampson had already lived through more sorrow than any toddler should have to experience.

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At the Forefront of Foster Care in India

In many countries around the world, the standard practice for children who are abandoned or relinquished is to place them into institutional care. Long-term stays in orphanages, however, can lead to both physical and emotional harm to a child. There is plenty of research on the topic of course, but all of us at LWB have seen firsthand the difference it makes in a child’s life when they are instead given the opportunity to be raised in family-based care.

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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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Elgin’s Story of Hope and Healing

Some of you will remember that right before Christmas 2019, newborn preemie Elgin was found in the cold. We rushed him to LWB’s partner hospital in Hefei. Baby Elgin was admitted to the Neonatal ICU (NICU) weighing just 1.3 kgs, or 2.9 pounds. After spending over a month in the hospital at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Elgin reached the “magic weight” of 4 lbs and could leave the hospital at last.

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The Tale of Tobias

Once there was a little boy named Tobias who was born with a medical condition called anal atresia. Sadly, it caused him to be left all on his own, and the urgent surgery he needed at birth was never able to be done. For two years, his tiny body wasn’t able to work the way it should, and eating and even moving became painful. Tobias learned to just lie in his orphanage crib all day.

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Hooray for Ryder

At the very end of 2019, we received an urgent call from an orphanage who had received a newborn baby in critical condition.  Tiny Ryder was moved right away to the provincial children’s hospital, where he  spent the first four months of his life in an ICU incubator.

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