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Let the Light Shine

In Cambodia, over 60% of homes do not have access to electricity. In remote rural areas, once the sun goes down at night, people are plunged into complete darkness. Some families choose to use kerosene lanterns, but the risk of fires is high since most of the simple homes are made from wooden planks. We’ve sadly seen many severe burn injuries in children, due to spilled hot kerosene and flames. For children who are old enough to go to school, not having access to electricity can also have a big impact on their studies. Kids often have many chores to do after school before they can think about doing their homework. Once the sun sets in the evening, they have no way to study in the darkness.

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A Visit to Oliver’s Home

It’s almost Chinese New Year, and it’s a wonderful time to visit some of the children in our programs. Today, LWB’s team in Anhui drove out to the rural countryside to pay a visit to baby Oliver and his family.  Oliver was born with Down Syndrome and a complex heart defect.  His family had been to multiple hospitals begging for help for their son, only to be turned away. Today our team got to deliver the wonderful news that our supporters had fully funded the heart surgery he needs to survive.

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Real Results in Sokhem Village

Just over a year ago, LWB-Cambodia began working in remote Sokhem Village, near the border with Thailand. The rural communities of western Cambodia continue to face significant challenges decades after the tragic genocide by the Khmer Rouge. Extreme poverty is rampant, and human trafficking remains a critical issue. The families in Sokhem Village struggle to […]

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Journey to Cambodia 2017: Sokhem Village

The second day of our time in Cambodia was spent along the border region, and it certainly was an exciting journey to get there.  This is the second year in a row I’ve traveled during monsoon season, and the moment you turn off the paved roads to get to the rural villages, your tuk tuk rides becomes more exciting than any amusement park attraction. Then you finally just give up once the motorcart gets completely stuck, and you take off your shoes to walk the rest of the way.  Mud, glorious mud!

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2014 LWB Cleft Exchange – Wednesday

When our team arrived to the hospital on Wednesday morning, it was time to say goodbye to several of our young patients.

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Ted, Robert Owen, and Paul were the first to be discharged.  Our team is going to miss them so much!  Their repairs look beautiful, and Dr. Ness’s mom had made little hats which we put on them before they left for the train station.  Our warmest thoughts go with them as they travel back. Read more.

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Leah: LWB’s featured child of the week

Leah-1Leah is a quiet 15-year-old who attends a middle school in Fujian Province, where she has done very well and is near the top of her class in academics. Leah would very much like to continue her education through high school, so that she can one day attend college. She is working hard at her studies and is also beginning to develop her confidence when speaking in front of others. Read more.

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