Top 10 Photos

Every year we go through thousands of pictures taken in our programs over the last 12 months to come up with LWB’s Top Ten Photos. We hope you will enjoy these special images from 2018.  As you look at the children’s beautiful faces, we hope you will realize our life-changing work is only possible because of your kindness and support. Together we’re making a real difference for countless children around the world, and we send our deepest thanks.

Honorable Mention

Top 10 Photos

Okay, we know... there aren’t any children in this photo... but we had to include it in our favorites because it’s just a super cool shot. Every day in Cambodia, our wonderful tuk tuk drivers make the long journey between rural villages to pick up children enrolled in our Believe in Me schools. Cambodia has a very long monsoon season, with downpours that make the dirt roads almost impassable. Despite the difficult conditions, our drivers are determined that no child will miss school. This photo was taken early in the morning after one tuk tuk became completely stuck in the mud. Our team members quickly ran to the rescue to help the driver get safely on his way.

Honorable Mention

Top 10 Photos

Behold Meme Cat, our favorite “made-us-smile” photo of the year. While we never show the faces of the children in our Safe Haven foster care program in Cambodia, their pets are a different story. Four-year-old Alkira absolutely adores the kittens in her foster home, while Mr. Grumpy seems to be thinking, “Tiny human... I am tolerating your affection.” The children in this essential program have all lived through unthinkable things, and we believe that having dogs and cats for them to love can be a therapeutic part of their healing.

Number Ten

Top 10 Photos

Underneath all that purple is 5-year-old Maiana, a little girl in our Lanzhou foster care program in China who has been with LWB since she was taking her first steps. Born with a congenital heart defect which has healed, Maiana still remains prone to respiratory issues. Winters in Lanzhou can be extremely cold, as Gansu province is in the northwest of China; so Maiana’s foster mom doesn’t take any chances on her catching a cold or the flu. For their morning walk to the local kindergarten, she always bundles Maiana up warmly. We thought this was a striking photo of Maiana sporting her new LWB coat with her “mom-required” protective mask.

Number Nine

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Is there anything better than sharing a good book with a friend? This year at our Sokhem Village school in Cambodia, we expanded our education complex with an art and library building so the children can have their imaginations soar even higher. We loved this photo of Joanna and Hazel laughing together during free reading time. It’s an extra-special photo to us because ten-year-old Hazel (on the left) has four older siblings who all dropped out of school in 5th grade to find jobs to support the family. We’re so happy she now has the opportunity to attend school right in her village and will be encouraging her nonstop to continue her education. Hazel is excited about coming to school each day and is exceling at both reading and spelling... thanks to your support.

Number Eight

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Could this photo of Olive and her tiny feet be any cuter? This sweet little girl came into our hands at our Heartbridge Healing Home in China as a weak and fragile preemie with a congenital heart defect. The nannies at the home got down to business feeding, holding, and loving baby Olive, and thankfully she quickly began gaining strength. Soon she was meeting developmental milestones and calling loudly for her favorite caregiver. Because of the help LWB supporters provided, Olive not only became a happy and healthy 1-year-old, but she was chosen by a local family for adoption. We wish them every happiness in their new life together.

Number Seven

Top 10 Photos

Did you know that over one billion people around the world don’t have access to safe lighting and must rely on burning wood or kerosene to see indoors? Many of the children in our programs in rural Cambodia live in homes without electricity or water, and, once the sun goes down in the evening, their lives are plunged into darkness. For the children in our schools, a lack of light means that they are unable to study or do homework in the evenings, which limits their educational progress. This year LWB partnered with an innovative company to provide solar-powered lamps to over 500 children. We loved this photo of Nicky showing us that he can now “light the night” with his new sun-powered lantern.

Number Six

Top 10 Photos

We never get tired of seeing photos of orphaned children feeling loved, and this photo of Jared and his nanny at the Mukono Baby Room in Uganda sure illustrates that clearly. Jared was abandoned as a newborn and came to stay at the healing home soon after. His sweet and peaceful personality quickly endeared him to his nannies, who always enjoyed taking him outside to enjoy the sun.

Number Five

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Peek-a-boo, Libby, but you still have to nap. Our Sibling School in Cambodia was created to provide a safe and nurturing environment for the youngest children in Sokhem Village while their older siblings attend our primary school. Babies and toddlers here are often cared for by older brothers and sisters while their parents migrate to work. The Sibling School provides quality nutrition and early childhood learning from the earliest age possible. Naptime at the school often involves hammocks, which the nannies use to gently rock the children to sleep. When this photo was taken, 1-year-old Libby was far more interested in our manager’s camera than drifting off to dreamland.

Number Four

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We absolutely adore this photo of Ian and his foster mom in Uganda because there’s no mistaking the joy in his eyes at finally having a family of his own. Ian lived in the Mukono Baby Room for over two years after he was discovered all alone. When we were ready to launch our new foster care program in Uganda, Ian was our very first placement. With the care of his devoted mom, Ian has blossomed into a social and very active toddler. His foster mom reports he is the center of attention in his neighborhood, and we’re thrilled that he has so quickly become a treasured member of the community.

Number Three

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This photo is so great it doesn’t even need an explanation, but we have to brag on 2-year-old Erin in our Heartbridge Healing Home in China. Erin was born with Down Syndrome and a congenital heart defect, and her orphanage called us for help when she was an infant as she struggled to eat and was continually ill. Once Erin received the nutrition and care she needed to thrive, she began charming our nannies nonstop. It’s clear to see from this picture that she brings joy wherever she goes!

Number Two

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Four-year-old Sampson was the very first child in LWB’s Cambodia foster care program, and he was placed with an older widow with so much love to share. The two of them are pretty much inseparable. Earlier this year, Sampson’s grandma had to be hospitalized for a week when she unfortunately became quite ill. She was beside herself missing her little shadow, and Sampson asked constantly when Grandma was coming back. Those who were there when they were finally reunited said that the light and happiness in their eyes when they saw each other again was like pure sunshine. We think this photo sums up perfectly how little Sampson felt to finally have his beloved nana back home.

Number One

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Baby Mya came into our care as a tiny newborn, after being found on a cold winter day with exposure, pneumonia, and life-threatening esophageal atresia. Thanks to our amazing supporters, she received the emergency surgery she needed to survive. While in the hospital, we learned that Mya also had a small hole in her heart; so she was admitted to our healing home for continued monitoring. This past spring, LWB held our first international cardiac exchange, and this beautiful picture was captured of little Mya holding tightly to the hand of one of the heart docs. We chose this image as our number one photo of the year as it reminded us so clearly that every orphaned child needs human contact and the tender gift of connection. Far too many children around the world are living right now feeling completely alone and forgotten. Until the day comes that every child born knows what it means to be loved... our critical work must continue. THANK YOU for partnering with us to help change their lives.