Saturday, February 13, 2010

Love Without Boundaries

A little snippet from Love Without Boundaries. I have no words.

The Issue

For unknown reasons, Asia has the highest incidence of babies being born with cleft lip in the world. Due to cultural beliefs in China that children born with cleft bring shame to a family, thousands of children each year with cleft are abandoned and end up as orphans. Sadly, many cleft babies in orphanages pass away due to an inability to feed, mainly caused by ineffective bottle propping and busy orphanage caregivers being unable to hand feed failure to thrive infants. We have personally seen hundreds of cleft babies struggle in an orphanage setting, often with fatal results. In 2008, we realized that by creating specialized Cleft Healing Homes for these fragile children, we could save lives every day. Many of the babies who enter our homes are in critical condition, often weighing just 8-9 pounds at 8 months of age. We believe so fully that no child should pass away simply from being born with cleft lip. Every orphan deserves a second chance at life and a family to love them.

The Plan

LWB was the 1st foundation in Ch*na to set up a healing center specifically designed for orphans with cleft. Our two current homes, staffed with specially trained nannies, have saved many babies’ lives. LWB provides cleft lip surgery to the children in our care as soon as they reach the required weight, and then we advocate for each child to find a permanent home through adoption. Our dream is to open a Cleft Healing Home in every province in Ch*na so that no orphan with cleft would have to struggle to survive.

You can read more about LWB by clicking on the picture on my sidebar.

1 comment:

  1. From what I understsnd, medical care in China has to be paid for up front. I wonder how many parents abandon children because they cannot afford the care those children need? I wonder if they expect there children will get that care and surgeries in the orphanages?