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Meeting Grace

Meeting Grace

While visiting our Uganda programs this past month, our US team was able to visit a special girl who has been a big part of LWB's story: Grace from Uganda. If you have followed her journey, you know LWB arranged for her to have surgery in first Kenya and then Belgium to remove thousands of tumors from her abdomen. (Read more on our blog, "Amazing Grace is Home"). Grace's healing would never have happened without countless people around the world lifting her up and funding her life-saving medical care. Now that Grace has recovered, LWB is working to help her ...
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Healing Home Transformations:  Jerome and Palmer

Healing Home Transformations: Jerome and Palmer

In late 2017, an orphanage contacted us about Jerome, a tiny baby with Down syndrome who was failing to thrive. He had pressure sores on his head and was so malnourished that his stomach was distended. We rushed Baby Jerome to the hospital where he was found to have a hole in his heart. He spent two months in the hospital struggling to become strong enough for surgery. Once he did have surgery, he had a difficult recovery since he was so frail. Weighing just 6 pounds upon his arrival in the healing home, Jerome soon began to sleep well ...
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Wooden Bridge painting

Art for Hearts: Helping Children with Heart Surgeries

Wooden Bridge by Gabe This week, we're holding our first-ever Art for Hearts auction – an event where you’re invited to enjoy artwork by children in LWB programs and bid on this art to help children in China, India, and Uganda receive the heart surgeries they so desperately need. Many of the young artists are super excited to have their artwork chosen for this special fundraiser. For most of these children....their artwork isn't ever celebrated or hung up in a family's house. This makes it extra special that not only will these beautiful pieces be seen and appreciated, but also ...
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Avery:  A Healing Home Success Story

Avery: A Healing Home Success Story

Avery was born in spring 2020 with a multitude of special needs, including a heart defect, an ear malformation, and a larynx anomaly, which led to choking and frequent bouts of pneumonia. After being treated for pneumonia, Avery was admitted to our China Healing Homes program directly from the hospital. At 4 months of age, he was a tiny boy, weighing just 11 pounds. Our nannies were ready to work their magic. Soon, Avery was eating and sleeping well and beginning to hit milestones with an “I can do it” attitude to boot! The older children in the ...
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Our Top 10 Photos of 2021

Our Top 10 Photos of 2021

On this final day of the year, please take a moment to enjoy our Top 10 Photos of 2021! We want you to know these happy smiles and faces are all due to the kindness of our generous LWB community. Twelve-year-old Catherine and her four siblings live at a local landfill, searching through the garbage for recyclables to sell. Each morning, LWB tuk-tuks pick up the children and transport them to our Rangsei Village primary school so they can receive an education. Every weekend, we deliver nutritious food supplies, such as fruit, vegetables, and eggs, to make sure they ...
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Top 10 Photos of 2021:  Honorable Mentions

Top 10 Photos of 2021: Honorable Mentions

At the end of every year, we love to reflect on our most memorable photos and moments. 2021 may have had its challenges, but in many ways it was an epic year for LWB...one in which we were able to help even more children and families in need. As 2021 comes to a close, we hope you'll enjoy this teaser of our Top 10 Photos of 2021 by checking out our three wonderful Honorable Mentions! 2021 was definitely a year of emergency food relief for at-risk children in the countries where we work. We couldn’t resist including this photo ...
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Leaving the Landfill to Learn

Leaving the Landfill to Learn

Since COVID began, the landfill where some of our older students live has seen an influx of new families with nowhere else to go. Desperate parents with no other source of income bring their families to the dumpsite to search for recyclables to sell. When LWB first got involved in helping kids at the landfill in 2017, there were only 12 children living on the site. Due to COVID and the loss of day labor wages due to the continued closure of the Thai-Cambodian border, the number of families moving to the landfill has increased fivefold. LWB is now working with over ...
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Four Heart Patients, Far From Home

Four Heart Patients, Far From Home

For the past few weeks, our LWB India team has been busy welcoming and caring for four little heart patients who traveled from Africa to Amrita Hospital for surgery unavailable to them in their home countries. While the children prepare for their operations and recover, their parents stay together in the regular ward of the hospital and provide each other with moral support as they wait for their children to get their essential cardiac repairs. Raphael was one of the first of our little heart patients to go in for his operation. Doctors were very pleased with the result, and ...
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Celebrating National Adoption Month with Two Adoptions

Celebrating National Adoption Month with Two Adoptions

This past week, we slipped right into the month of November and National Adoption Month in the most beautiful of ways -- with not one but TWO adoptions! Both Gage and Connie have been part of LWB programs since they were just tiny babies, and now both have left our care to meet their permanent families. Gage found himself orphaned at two months old after being born with a large hole in his heart. He had been suffering from repeated pneumonia and breathing troubles, and he soon had successful heart surgery during our Hefei Cardiac Exchange. Following his recovery, ...
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Nine Down-right Remarkable Boys

Nine Down-right Remarkable Boys

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month -- a time to bring attention to the abilities of people with Down syndrome and advocate for their acceptance and inclusion. Although Down syndrome occurs regularly in both girls and boys, in 2021 we happen to have nine little boys with Down syndrome currently living at our China Healing Home. They bring us so much joy that we wanted to highlight how truly remarkable they are -- from oldest to youngest. At six years old, Auden is the oldest boy in our healing home. Some children with Down syndrome take a bit longer to ...
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