Monday, June 30, 2008
Although both formulas were similar in calories, fat, and iron content, we found a significant difference in the micro-nutrients that are so vital to good health and healing. Below is a sample of our findings, with the local formula's content listed first, versus Nestle Nestogen. Amounts listed per 100 grams of formula powder:
Linoleic acid: Omega 6 fatty acids, essential to the diet for growth and healing.
3,000 mg versus 16,000 mg
Protein: Vital for growth and cell repair.
12 grams versus 20.2 grams
Calcium: Needed for growth, healthy teeth and bones, also fights absorption of lead.
310 mg versus 735 mg
Phosphorus: Helps with the synthesis of carbohydrates and protein, formation of bones and teeth, cell repair.
220 mg versus 600 mg
Vitamin B1: Helps convert carbohydrates into energy, also essential to functioning of the heart, muscles, and nervous system.
400 mcg versus 700 mcg
Vitamin B2: Needed for general good health, also helps metabolize carbohydrates and protein.
500 mcg versus 1100 mcg
Niacin: Helps convert food to energy, assists with functioning of digestive system, skin and nerves, an essential to the diet.
3,500 mcg versus 130,000 mcg
Vitamin B6: Helps metabolize protein, helps immune system produce antibodies, aids in production of red blood cells.
190 mcg versus 930 mcg
Pantothenic acid: For metabolism of carbohydrates, protein and fat.
1,700 mcg versus 3,300 mcg
Copper: Helps in production of red blood cells, and keeps blood vessels, nerves, immune system and bones healthy.
300 mcg versus 5,600 mcg
Zinc: Helps with immune system and healing, helps to fight absorption of lead.
2.5 mg versus 5.6 mg
While that's too small amounts to try and remember, hopefully you can see that they all add up to a very big difference for the children. THANK YOU!!!
Friday, June 27, 2008
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Wednesday, June 25, 2008
The students’ joy in performing songs learned, some accompanied by dance steps boosts their pride. A satisfied smile, a shy smile and sometimes a relieved smile for the appreciative applause. The back ground scene of students singing and clapping along even when they were not center stage demonstrates the enthusiastic chorus. The mischievous girl who rushed to pick up a tinsel garland that had fallen off one of the performers and started dancing around with it herself, causing fits of giggles among the children. All small details and many more but similar to the warm details we tend to notice in school performances.
The children in the Believe In Me programs are enjoying their special moments as all children should. Most importantly the children in Believe In Me have that special someone in the audience too that has come just to see them. And that is all the sponsors.
Thank you to each and every sponsor who has made these special moments possible.
Believe in Me Huainan Assistant Coordinator
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Ying from Henan is still too tiny for surgery but is scheduled to have her ToF repair done in August. What a peanut! As soon as her heart is repaired, she will then have cleft lip surgery as well.
Yun from Zhejiang received surgery for ToF in February and is doing GREAT. This is a photo from the hospital bed.
Xiang from Guangdong was SO sick, and his aunties from the orphanage really didn't think he would make it. The Facebook funds came just in time and he had surgery in March. He received surgery for ToF and PA and is doing so well that he is being submitted for adoption. He was very blue before and now is a lovely shade of pink!
Ya received surgery for ToF and has been matched with her forever family now. That is what makes us absolutely the happiest.
Yang from Henan will be having ToF surgery next week. We can't wait to see his blue lips turn to pink!
Yun from Anhui received surgery for VSD and pulmonary hypertension and is doing so great!
Yan from Anhui will have surgery for VSD and PA soon. She needs a very specialized surgery so she needs extra prayers.
Yu from Guangxi received successful surgery for PDA.
Lin from Anhui received surgery for both PA and VSD!
And Xiong from Henan received surgery for VSD, PDA, and pulmonary hypertension. Isn't that a GREAT smile?
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Today we’d like to honor all the unsung heroes in our foster care program; the fathers who lavish affection and attention on our 300 plus children in foster care. These men are a vital part of our foster care program and play important roles in the lives of our foster children.
I’d like to tell you about two fathers who are very important in the lives of 12 children now in our Anhui Cleft Healing Home. Zhang Ming manages our cleft healing home along with his brother-in-law Paddy. Both of these men have families of their own but spend countless hours at our home. Paddy has a delightful teenage daughter and Zhang Ming has a very handsome little boy. These children spend many hours at the home along with their mothers (one of whom works in the home as well). They are probably there in part to play with the babies and also to see their fathers!
Paddy is our driver and Zhang Ming’s right hand man. He is a soft spoken, quiet man who loves to play with the babies. It’s obvious from the pictures that the babies love him as well! On this Father’s Day, we’d like to thank all of the fathers who dedicate themselves selflessly to children who will not be theirs forever, but who clearly own a part of their hearts!
Sunday, June 15, 2008
But when it was agreed that the prize money could go to LWB, how could I resist? So we packed up Bob and off we went! I thought you might enjoy some pictures of Bob’s travels.
Bob with our dinner we decided NOT to eat!
Feeding Bob the dinner we DID eat (oatmeal) many nights
Bob with Wren "What, you want him back?"
And Bob with our parting gift from the hotel in Hefei - we have no idea where they came from!
Naturally we won the prize (who else would carry the thing farther than China??)!! I just sent the winning check to LWB for $150; we’re going to use it sponsor one of the babies in the Cleft Healing Home for three months.
You see, there are a lot of creative ways to raise funds for the children! :)
Cleft Healing Home Coordinator
Monday, June 09, 2008
Father’s Day is right around the corner and we’ve got a great idea for truly celebrating Dad and all that he means to you! Honor the special Dads in your life by donating to the Tuan Yuan Adoption Assistance Grant Program of LWB. Because one of our fundamental beliefs is that every child deserves a loving family, LWB established the Tuan Yuan Adoption Assistance Grant Program in 2004. Although it’s one of the lesser known programs at LWB, it is a great program that has so far brought 12 children into loving Forever Families of their very own! Additionally, we have two grant recipients who are currently waiting for their adoptive families to travel to bring them home.
The Tuan Yuan Adoption Assistance Grant Program works by providing an adoption assistance grant to a child who needs a little extra help finding his or her Forever Family. Each time our fund reaches $3,000, we review the Waiting Child program and identify a child who is at risk for his or her file to be returned without being chosen for adoption. We offer the Tuan Yuan grant in the hopes of giving a child an extra chance of being chosen by a family. Please visit our website to learn more about the Tuan Yuan Adoption Assistance Program of Love Without Boundaries: http://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/projects_tuanyuan.cfm
Please help us offer a grant to a child who is waiting for a loving family and truly tell your Dad how important he is to you by purchasing a Father’s Day gift card. Father’s Day is June 15th and we will accept orders through June 10th to ensure on-time delivery. THANK YOU for giving a child a chance to have a loving forever family of his or her very own! Visit our website for ordering information: http://www.lovewithoutboundaries.com/projects_giftCards.cfm
Friday, June 06, 2008
We now have 6 students in foster care in the same area so that a tutor can provide lessons 5 days a week for the whole group. We have found a tutor who is excited about the opportunity to serve these special needs students in this new arrangement. The students also seem to be excited about learning in this group setting.
Here are some photos from the first week’s lessons.
I can see the enthusiasm and care in the tutor's face. Just look at how the children are responding and participating!
The tutor is already making plans to develop lessons that better support the special needs of these students.
Kaifeng Education Coordinator
Love Without Boundaries’ education, equipping children with the brightest future possible.
Thursday, June 05, 2008
Love Without Boundaries was able to contact the director and found out they were in need of warm clothing and diapers. In perfect timing, we had just finished a clothing fundraiser for this SWI, through our Orphanage Assistance program! Due to the generosity of the SWI adoptive parent group, we were able to send a large shipment of clothing and diapers just when they were needed most.
Don’t the babies look snug in their new clothes?
It appears the sun has at last come out. How wonderful it is to see the children warm and dry, enjoying the day in their walkers.
One of these little guys will join his forever family in just a few weeks. His anxious mama was relieved to see pictures of him safe and sound!
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Now this celebration also had a learning opportunity that could occur.
First the teachers read to the children about fruit.
Next they colored pictures of fruit.
Last they had the chance to taste the fruit, on top of a beautiful cake! Yum!!
Tuesday, June 03, 2008
Emma, who is in foster care and Gracie, so she can attend preschool.
Love Without Boundaries is so fortunate to have
such wonderful, dedicated teachers and staff to work in our five Believe in Me Schools. We recently treated our amazing teachers in Shantou to a luncheon out with several SWI officials and our LWB Guangdong Administrator.
These teachers truly love the children in Shantou and give of themselves above and beyond what is expected. This is quite a compliment considering we have very high expectations of our Believe in Me teachers.
We so appreciate our monthly education sponsors who make it possible for us to hire these fabulous teachers and operate these schools for children who would otherwise have no opportunity to obtain an education.
Shantou Education Coordinator
Monday, June 02, 2008
That is two-thirds of the population of New York City.
The population of Finland is 5.2 million—almost an entire country homeless.
Love Without Boundaries has delivered formula to Chongqing Civil Affairs, and we are currently working on long-term relief efforts. We have a doctor visiting three orphanages in the hardest hit areas to assess the situation for us. Once we receive his report and recommendations, we will be better able to decide how to best use the funds our supporters have entrusted to us.
We appreciate every organization and individual who are working to help with relief efforts. Although our efforts are small compared with the magnitude of this disaster, we know that the combined efforts of many groups and people will make a difference for those in need.
Thank you so much for your support and concern for the victims of this tragedy.
Check out updates on our Earthquake News website page at:
It occurred to me this morning that I am creating new
Santa Clauses with our Foster Care Managers as they are being sent a variety toys and books, for every age group, to carry around with them when they do their monthly visit.
I can just see the curiosity on the children’s faces wondering what will come out of the sack. And the best part is that every child will get a new toy. But I am getting ahead of myself here on how this all started.
In order to more closely monitor developmental progress in the children, we have revised our foster care report format. The Henan programs were the first to try out the new format on our April reports.
The new report has several sections which include movement, vision & hearing, language, cognitive, and social development. The new format has been useful in determining where the children are developmentally. They also give the foster families ideas for age-appropriate activities to promote development. Each age group has different developmental milestones to check their progress against. The reports vary every other month so that the children have 2 months to work on their progress before they are tested again.
As we know from experience, children who have spent their first months in an institution may be somewhat delayed due to the lack of one-on-one attention that families can provide. We are hopeful that these new reports can more closely monitor the development of our foster children and we can intervene when necessary to get the best care for the kids as early as possible.
Much of a child's development centers on play. We have learned that many of the children do not have toys in the home that help promote their development and learning.
So, we are providing the foster care children age-appropriate toys so that they can be encouraged to develop to the best of their ability.
This will be a learning process for all of us to see if this format will help the children. We are hopeful that it will a the first step on the road to a brighter tomorrow.
Note: please disregard the child eating the book that we sent. This program is still in the trial stages.
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