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Dream Big for Vithu Village:  Anna

Dream Big for Vithu Village: Anna

All this week, we’re introducing you to some of the children living in remote Vithu Village, a region in western Cambodia which just five years ago was littered with landmines. As the explosive devices have been cleared, an increasing number of impoverished families have moved to the village despite it having no electricity, clean water, or school. Of the almost 100 children who currently live in Vithu Village, most suffer from chronic malnutrition. LWB has set a big goal to start a primary school in the heart of Vithu Village, including a daily hot lunch program, to make sure the ...
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Dream Big for Vithu Village:  Kian

Dream Big for Vithu Village: Kian

All this week, we’ll be introducing you to some of the children living in remote Vithu Village, a region in western Cambodia which just five years ago was littered with landmines. As the explosive devices have been cleared, an increasing number of impoverished families have moved to the village despite it having no electricity, clean water, or school. Of the 90 children who currently live in Vithu Village, most suffer from chronic malnutrition. LWB has set a big goal to start a primary school in the heart of Vithu Village, including a daily hot lunch program, to make sure the ...
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Kinley:  A Heart That Can't Wait

Kinley: A Heart That Can’t Wait

For baby Kinley, every day matters. She is in a short window of time when a complicated heart surgery could save her life. If too much time passes, too many days go by without repairing her heart defect, she will most likely not survive. We receive pleas almost daily from worried parents in Uganda who are desperate to find help for their children with complex heart conditions. Unfortunately, these life-saving, high-risk surgeries cannot occur in-country, so parents are told that their only option is to travel overseas. In 2018, we began sending small groups of little heart patients from ...
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Gabby Gives Back

Gabby Gives Back

Sixteen years ago, Gabby McElwain was born in China and then taken to an orphanage. LWB had recently set up foster care in her city, and we were very happy when she could move into a wonderful foster family instead of being confined to an orphanage crib. Gabby being held by LWB team member Arlene Howard For over a year, she experienced the love of a family who cared for and cherished her. Gabby grew strong and confident in the arms of her foster family. Then, when she was two years old, she met her permanent family and moved to the ...
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Five Little Hearts Healed

Five Little Hearts Healed

Several weeks ago, five little heart patients and their parents traveled to India for their chance to receive life-saving cardiac surgery unavailable to them in Uganda. After settling in and having pre-surgery testing and consultations with the surgeons, the first child to go for surgery was Ruthie. After last-minute snuggles with her stuffed animal and her mom, Ruthie was off to the operating room. Five hours later, her surgery was complete, and she was moved to ICU for recovery. When Ruthie’s mom heard that the surgery was successful, she danced for joy! Next to go was our ...
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Five Little Heart Patients: Settling In and Preparing for Surgery

Five Little Heart Patients: Settling In and Preparing for Surgery

After two long flights and a layover in Dubai, our group of five little heart patients from Uganda landed safely in Kolkata, India. Our LWB India team was so excited to welcome them! Both the parents and their children were tired from the long journey, but the gift of a little stuffed toy brought smiles to their faces. Everyone boarded the bus and set off to the apartment which will be their home away from home this month as they prepare for and recovery from heart surgeries. After settling into the apartment and getting some rest, ...
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Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Five Little Heart Patients Travel from Uganda to India

Yesterday, five little Uganda heart patients boarded a plane and traveled to India to prepare for life-saving cardiac surgeries that are unavailable to them in their home country. Their parents have spent the past few months gathering medical reports, passports, visas, and taking COVID tests. We hope you'll follow along with us for the next few weeks as we get to know these heart warriors and their stories. RUTHIE:  One-year-old Ruthie was born with a transitional AV canal defect. Her mom is a hairdresser and enjoys braiding Ruthie’s hair with beautiful braids and beads. Recently, Ruthie has been in ...
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