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Bubbles for Isabelle

We’d like to introduce our readers to a very special family with whom LWB is partnering in the coming year. The Van Der Meer family heard about LWB through the Ashley Campbell Incubator Project a few months ago and contacted us about working with us in conjunction with their organization called “Bubbles for Isabelle” an organization formed to honor the memory of the Van Der Meer’s daughter, Isabelle.  Kelley Van Der Meer writes to tell us about her beloved daughter and why they have chosen to honor her by helping children in need in China.

Isabelle

In May 2011, we lost our gorgeous, happy, sparkling two-year-old daughter Isabelle due to complications from a virus that had reached her brain. There is no blueprint for surviving a loss like this, but we are trying. And through all of our questions “why?” and through all of our tears, it is still our duty as her parents to see that her life – and her death – be met with beauty and meaning. Bubbles for Isabelle is one way we honor her throughout the years, and through doing so, help others. Read more.

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Nancy: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

The idea of attending a boarding school for some teenagers might seem like a confinement from home comforts and a rigid studious environment. For others the idea may sound like a dream. For Nancy, it is a dream.

Featured child Nancy

Nancy is 15 and in her second year of high school. Her tenacity and eagerness to learn have brought her to the attention of LWB’s Education Program’s Sunflower Project. Nancy strives for success despite tremendous adversity.
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The Gaokao Experience

Months and months of nothing but studying, meals spent hovering over textbooks, very early mornings and unbelievably late nights. Then, before you know it, and definitely before you feel ready, exam day is here. Parents wait outside the school building on the front stairs, worrying about their precious children inside. Two long days of testing; eight hour days, minimal breaks, exhausted students, maximum stress. This is the experience for any student wanting to attend college or university in China. This is the experience of the gaokao.


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Jia Qi: LWB’s Featured Student of the Week

Jia Qi is not afraid.

Jia Qi is not afraid of hard work. He works for a token sum at the university library and still finds time to do volunteer work to help others.

Jia Qi is not afraid of a physical handicap. At three years old he became ill with polio. He uses one of his hands to help him walk. Read more.

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Give Them the Power to Dream

For many of us in the United States and other western countries, opportunities abound, especially when it comes to the world of education. All American children know they can attend high school, and most will attend some college. On the other side of the world, however, children face a completely different reality.

In many of the poorest and most rural provinces in China, many children have no chance at an education. It is not because they are unable to do the work but that they are unable to pay the astonishingly high price of a high school education. Read more.

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Gift Idea: The Ping Wei Series

The holidays are coming, and there’s no better gift than a series of documentaries that offer rare insight into China.  Pearl River Productions has produced a stunning collection of films that captures in vivid detail what it’s like to live in the Middle Kingdom.  Made with uncompromising production values, the Ping Wei series is as close as you can get to China without actually being there.   The documentaries filmed there paint a portrait of a village within the city limits of Huainan in Anhui province.  From December 10 through Chinese New Year, Pearl River will donate 20% of sales to support the Sunflower Project, an LWB education program that helps impoverished students.
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Giving Thanks for Our China Team

Did you ever wonder how LWB, whose volunteers are mostly in countries outside of China, is able to accomplish what we do with the children IN China? Well, we could never do it without our amazing China team! LWB has 9 directors, 33 managers, 28 healing homes staff members and 19 education staff members, without whose help our mission would be impossible.

Members of our China team live in cities all over China and do not often have an opportunity to meet each other. That’s why we loved this photo of Victoria and Yvonne.
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Giving Thanks for Encouragement

Wang Xia Nan is a student in the Sunflower Project. At only 15 years old, Xia Nan is much younger than our other students and is in her second year of high school. Her mother is handicapped and cannot do any work. Her father works as a porter in a brick factory to support the family. This precious girl has never had the money to buy clothes; she reports that all her clothes have been given to her by kind-hearted people. In her home she sleeps on a bed that is a piece of plywood on stilts. Now with the help of sponsors, she can attend a boarding high school, sleep on a soft bed in a warm room, and continue her studies. We treasure seeing Xia Nan’s smile as she chooses a backpack of her very own, for perhaps the first time, and hope that she knows that she is cared for and that many people around the world are cheering her on.


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Yun Xia: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

Six years ago Yun Xia’s father died in a tragic coal mining accident. Not even a full year later, her mother was diagnosed with a life-threatening kidney disease and had to have a kidney removed. Now her mom cannot do manual labor, which is all she knew how to do as an undereducated woman in rural China. To ensure that Yun Xia’s older sister could complete her high school studies, the family used all their savings, and their mom became a cleaning lady at a hospital very far from their home in Hunan.

Today, once they pay their living expenses, there is no money to send Yun Xia to school. Read more.

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Meet Students from the Sunflower Project!

We would like you to meet Hui, Yi, Yu Feng, Xiao Yu, and Guang Ting. These older children are a part of our education program’s new Sunflower Project to help students from impoverished families receive an education. Each has a compelling story, and each deserves an opportunity.


Hui lives with his elderly grandfather. His mother died when he was a little boy, and his father passed away this year after being ill for many years. Hui and his grandfather plant tea on the hillside in an effort to make ends meet, but there are no funds available for education.
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