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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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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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Springtime for Roberta

Roberta has been a resident of LWB foster care and on-site family care off and on since she was 4 years old and has been eligible for adoption for many years. We have just learned that there is a family hoping to bring her home at last!

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Books to Huainan

As schools throughout the United States shift to remote learning in the wake of COVID-19, teachers and parents have had to find creative ways to engage and educate school children who can no longer be in the classroom. It has been no different for the nannies and caregivers in the Huainan orphanage. Since the children could not return to school after the winter break, their caregivers have been working hard to provide different learning opportunities within the orphanage. In late February, we were asked if we could help purchase an assortment of activity books to help create more variety and stimulation. Of course, we said yes, and the children were so excited when the books arrived.

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Meeting Ifan

While traveling in China recently, I took the opportunity to take a side trip to meet a very special boy. Ifan had been part of the Love Without Boundaries foster care program since he was a baby. He lived with a wonderful foster family and was particularly close to his foster father. They would work in the courtyard garden and look at cars together. Ifan really loved visiting the neighbors in the small community in which they lived.  Then one year ago, his orphanage recalled all the children back to the institution, and Ifan lost the security of living with the family he loved.

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Cleft Surgeries for Three Orphaned Boys From Henan

This summer, we were contacted by an orphanage in Henan about three little boys in need of cleft repair: Finn, Ben, and Keaton. Precious Keaton was born with a cleft lip and palate. Already six months old, he is struggling to put on weight, which is unfortunately common for children born with cleft lip as they can be difficult to feed.

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Life Skills Camp 2019: Exploring Beijing

On Day Three of our Life Skills Camp for orphaned teens, the campers were so excited to visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, two of the most famous cultural sites in all of China. Since Tiananmen Square is located just outside of the Forbidden City, it’s a great place to kick off the tour for the teens.

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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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Foster Care in Uganda

Some estimates state that the number of children growing up in orphanages in Uganda has reached over 50,000, despite the vast majority of those children not being orphans at all. While it’s difficult to know exact numbers, those of us working in the field believe at least 80% of children in Ugandan orphanages have known relatives. Thankfully, there’s a growing movement among the government and many charities to move as many children as possible out of institutions and into family care. LWB was excited to begin foster care in Uganda in early 2018, and while the program is still small in numbers, it’s huge in impact for the children we’ve transitioned.

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Foster Care in China

LWB first began foster care in China back in 2004. Over the last 15 years, we’ve supported family-based care for over 3,500 orphaned children there, across 26 different cities. I have yet to meet a good-hearted orphanage director who hasn’t privately agreed that the children in their care placed with loving foster parents do far better developmentally in the long run than children in institutional care.

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