Top 10 Photos

The Power of Hope

Honorable Mention 1

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Working with one of our trusted partners, YCDA, LWB helped bring critical food supplies to over 500 orphaned children in India this past fall. This was one of our favorite images from the food distribution in October, when a little boy in an orphanage in rural Odisha showed us that he had recently lost his two front teeth. It’s the first time we’ve had a black and white image in our Top 10 Photos, but there was something special about his wide-eyed innocence that touched all our hearts.

Honorable Mention 2

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When COVID began spreading across the world, impoverished children who were already food insecure faced even greater hunger. Our teams on the ground began receiving continual and ever more urgent pleas for help, as entire communities impacted by lockdowns struggled to feed their children. Hundreds of thousands of pounds of emergency food supplies began being delivered, as LWB pivoted to meet this most basic of needs. While it was next to impossible to pick just one image to sum up our food relief efforts around the world, we chose this photo to represent all the children our supporters have helped feed. From supplying rice, beans, and flour to essential soap to fight the virus... we’re working nonstop to make sure as many children as possible stay safe and healthy during the pandemic.

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This year we’re celebrating many successful cardiac surgeries, and this image of little Elena from our China Healing Home sums up just how great a healthy heart can feel. When Elena first came into our care, she was so frail and weak that she couldn’t lift her head. This fall, it was discovered that she had a very large hole in the upper chambers of her heart, contributing to her delayed development. Thankfully our donors made it possible for us to move her almost immediately for cardiac surgery. We worried about whether she would have the strength to come off the ventilator after the operation, but sweet Elena surprised us all by breathing on her own just a few hours after leaving the OR. Now back at the healing home, with arms thrown wide open, she wants everyone to know that, with her newly repaired heart, she’s feeling mighty fine!

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This sweet image of sisters Sonia and Selena in Cambodia also made it to our Top Ten. These lovely siblings, along with their sister Sienna, are part of our LWB foster care program. The three girls came into our care last year, understandably overwhelmed by all the changes in their young lives. In addition to placing them in a caring foster home, we were able to get them enrolled in school for the first time. We’ve watched with grateful hearts as they learned to trust again, by building solid relationships with their foster mom and teachers. With many shelters in Cambodia frequently separating older and younger siblings, we’re thankful that these precious sisters can live together in family-based care.

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How adorable is baby Gregg at our Early Childhood Development Center in Cambodia! We love this photo to infinity because it shows just how far he has come. When we first met this little guy, he was severely malnourished due to his single mom struggling in extreme poverty. With no milk supply available, Gregg had somehow survived on just ground rice and water. Our LWB medical team and caring nannies at our infant center immediately got to work, feeding Gregg with high-quality formula and making sure his mom had the food supplies at home that he needed as well. Once enrolled in our programs, Gregg quickly gained both weight and muscle tone. There’s no stopping his progress (or his smiles) now!

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Mary Martha was part of our heart surgery program last year, receiving a successful operation in Israel for her complex heart defect. When we first met this little girl, she was 5 years old and so weak that she couldn’t walk across the room without having to kneel down. She was extremely somber, and even taking a deep breath had become very difficult for her. Hooray that those days are now long gone, as her repaired heart provides ample oxygen to fuel her brain and body. Mary Martha had a very exciting 2020 with the birth of her baby brother Francis. Thanks to our medical donors, Mary Martha not only got a second chance at life, but tiny Francis received the blessing of having a devoted big sister. We all agreed this photo is a perfect summary of what our work is all about.

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Felicity is part of our rural village preschool program in western Cambodia. We love this photo of her excitedly climbing the fence of her home to greet our LWB team. Before our involvement in this region, only a handful of children had ever attended school. Now, with an LWB primary school built right in the heart of their village, we’re making a promise to kids like Felicity that everyone has a right to learn. Every day at preschool, they’re not only learning their ABCs but also hearing the positive message that their futures are unlimited.

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Five-year-old Sterling has been part of LWB since he was a tiny baby born with Down syndrome and a heart defect. Now living in our on-site family care program at his orphanage in central China, Sterling has recently begun kindergarten... a momentous big step for this happy and curious boy! To prepare for this new adventure, Sterling was taken for an eye exam, where we learned he needed glasses. He took his time picking out the exact frames he wanted, as captured in this sweet photo. Sterling is very excited about his new glasses as he feels they make him a handsome boy. His classmates must think he looks quite distinguished as well, as they’ve started calling him “Little Doctor.”

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Precious Harlow lived her first seven years in an orphanage, where it was difficult for her to get the specialized care she needed. Born with severe glaucoma, Harlow lost her vision and struggled to meet key development milestones as a blind child in a crowded institution. Earlier this year, LWB received permission to move Harlow to our healing home, and the quiet, withdrawn little girl slowly began to bloom. We love this photo of one of Harlow’s very first smiles, and we enjoy seeing the progress she continues to make each month thanks to our wonderful supporters. Harlow has been chosen for international adoption, and we can’t wait for the day that her parents-to-be will finally bring her home.

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We think this photo of baby Celine is one of our favorite post-op photos ever. Little Celine was born with Tetralogy of Fallot, a complex heart defect requiring major surgery. Unfortunately her condition was unable to be treated in her home country of Uganda; so her only hope of survival was to receive surgery overseas. We were thrilled when she was accepted for care in Israel, but her journey to get there was a rocky one. Arriving to the Ugandan airport, Celine’s mom was told that her Israeli visa wasn’t valid (it was), putting us all into panic mode trying to contact the right officials to let her board the plane. Then, upon arrival in Israel, little Celine was in such a fragile state that she was admitted urgently to the hospital and put immediately on a ventilator. So many prayers were lifted for her to regain strength, and you might have heard the gigantic cheer that went up around the world when this beautiful little girl finally received her life-saving surgery. Today Celine is an active and happy toddler who brings joy to everyone around her.

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Rub-a-dub-dub, gorgeous baby in the tub! Little Timothy came into LWB foster care in Cambodia as a newborn infant, and we have loved watching him grow under the attentive care of his foster mom. This handsome boy charmed the entire village. For a while we wondered if he would ever learn to walk as everyone wanted to hold him all the time! We are so grateful to everyone who sponsors a child in foster care, as we believe so strongly that all children deserve to be raised in families. This year held the best news possible for darling Timothy, as he was chosen this year for domestic adoption. He’s now exuberantly exploring the world with his new (and permanent) mom and dad.

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Without a doubt, we have all yearned for joy in 2020. Despite the virus, despite the unknowns... we celebrated every moment in our programs where children just got to be children. We adore this photo of Meredith and Wendy Marie from our healing home program in China, hugging each other after many long months of lockdown. While both Meredith and Wendy Marie faced health challenges in their orphanages, the love and support they’ve received at the healing home has changed their lives in remarkable ways. Even more happiness arrived this October when Wendy Marie was domestically adopted. Beautiful Meredith has been chosen for adoption as well, and we know her family is counting down the days until international adoption travel is once again allowed.

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing some of the special moments captured this year as we’ve worked each day to provide healing, education, and refuge to vulnerable children around the world. Our amazing LWB supporters make it all possible, and we send our deepest thanks for always believing that EVERY CHILD COUNTS.