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With August drawing to a close, it seems like a great time to reflect on what’s happened this summer. Our Education program has been particularly active the last few months!

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From creating new classrooms for orphaned children with special needs children to Life Skills Camp for older teens and young adults, our team has been extremely busy. Read more.

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First Time at the Beach!

During our recent teacher training in China, the children at the Believe In Me orphanage school in Jinjiang were treated to a trip to the seaside!

Jinjiangbeach1Lydia and volunteer Breclyn Everett get ready to hit the beach.

Getting a chance to walk on a beach and enjoy the water may be something we take for granted, but for these kids, it was a first. Most of these children have had very few opportunities to leave the orphanage, and so this was a day full of excitement and new experiences. What a delight! Read more.

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Teacher Training 2015: Day Two in Changzhi

Rested and ready to go, this morning Tracey and Mary Beth from Training Team B met with the teachers from our Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi.

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Nearly all of the children in this school have some kind of special need, and we discussed how to adapt learning activities for children with various skill levels in the same classroom. Read more.

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2015 Teacher Training Has Begun!

Teacher training teams A and B have arrived at their first locations! LWB’s three teacher training teams collaborate with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges.  Yesterday, Team B visited the Believe in Me orphanage school in Changzhi. The fun has begun!

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Introducing the 2015 Teacher Training Teams

Every two years, and sometimes more often thanks to generous donors who believe in the power of education, LWB sends a training team to China. This teacher training team collaborates with teachers in our Believe in Me (BIM) Schools about how to better meet the needs of students with a variety of abilities and challenges. It’s an incredible time of working together on behalf of students.

2014 teacher training participants

Instead of meeting at a central location as in years past, this year the workshop trainers from the USA will split into three groups. Read more.

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An Update on Aimee and Harley

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Earlier this year, two precious children who had waited a long time finally got their chance at a new smile during LWB’s 2014 Cleft Exchange in Kaifeng, China: Aimee and Harley.  Aimee and Harley both had severe cleft lips, and we knew that our talented surgeons Dr. Ness and Dr. Tolan (seen above) would be their best chance at quality repairs. Read more.

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Landen: LWB’s Featured Child of the Week

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This charming young man, Landen, has reduced vision, but he hardly lets that slow him down. During the recent LWB Teacher Training, Landen proved just how little his vision gets in the way of his everyday functioning. He topped off the week of activities by performing in multiple dance and martial arts routines and sang in a duet! Read more.

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Reflections on LWB’s 2014 Teacher Training

No child should have to grow up in an orphanage. But, for those children who do live in orphanages, we wish we wish all of them would have access to education. LWB has created Believe in Me schools inside orphanages so that children born with special needs can have their own opportunity to go to school. This summer, we held a week long training for teachers from all of our orphanage schools.

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This special teacher training was hosted by the Shaoguan orphanage last month, and we saw children who were clearly loved by their teachers, regardless of their special needs. Read more.

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I Fell in Love 32 Times

Have you ever fallen in love? Have you ever fallen in love with more than one person? I have. I fell in love with 32 people in one week! “Impossible!” you may say, and a few weeks ago I might have agreed. But then I had the incredible honor of attending the 2014 Teacher Training in Shaoguan, China and “Bam!” — I fell in love 32 times!

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2014 Teacher Training Kicks Off

LWB’s 2014 Teacher Training has officially kicked off! We’re happy to report that the teacher training team and teachers and staff have all arrived safely in Shaoguan.

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They spent much of Tuesday traveling to Shaoguan, Guangdong province, the location of one of our Believe in Me schools. When they arrived in the afternoon, Helen, Education manager for Shaoguan and Yvonne, Education Director in China, greeted the team and took them shopping for some workshop supplies. Read more.

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