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Causes: Children & Youth, Health, Health Support, Human Services, International, International Relief, Youth Development

Mission: To transform the lives of orphaned and impoverished children.

Results: Some of our recent accomplishments include: * We continue to pursue new opportunities for foster care. These programs served over 300 children in 2014. LWB has local managers on site in every foster care community who check on the progress of the children in their foster homes every month. * LWB held another special education teacher training in June 2015, this year on site at its Believe in Me schools. All Believe In Me teachers and managers, as well as team members from partner organizations, were invited to attend. The on-site training allowed direct evaluation of the children and suggestions for accommodations to support and enhance learning. * We provide educational assistance to orphaned and impoverished children in China. We continued our orphanage school programs in Jinjiang, Huainan, Changzhi, and Shaoguan and two new schools in Gansu. Our Believe in Me schools, located inside social welfare institutions in China, teach math, art, music, Chinese, English, and science through a Montessori based method. In 2015, we continued to include a nutritional component as well, providing a healthy daily snack to all the orphaned children in our schools, and a safe dental program (Lifetime of Smiles). * LWB’s medical program continues to provide surgeries to babies abandoned with conditions such as cleft lip, spinal tumors, anal atresia, congenital heart defects, and more. The majority of our surgeries are performed at Fudan University in Shanghai and Anhui Children’s Hospital in Hefei. Our program for impoverished children provides heart surgeries, and we are expanding services in other locations across China. Additionally, our Cleft Initiative continues to bring educational materials and bottles to families of cleft-affected children throughout China by partnering with maternity hospitals. In the spring of 2015, LWB held a cleft medical exchange, a partnership between western and Chinese surgeons in pursuit of the development of best practices. * Our nutrition program is helping to provide much needed formula, cereal and nutritious snacks to children of all ages in LWB programs. We help provide specialized baby formula to children with issues such as prematurity and milk allergies.

Target demographics: Orphaned and impoverished children

Direct beneficiaries per year: Hundreds of children through our programs located throughout the world.

Geographic areas served: Cambodia, China, India, and Uganda

Programs: LWB has four main focus areas: healing, education, foster care and nutrition.

Community Stories

52 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Donor

Rating: 5

I have experienced first hand the work that Love Without Boundaries is doing in one of their schools in China. The children are thriving and learning. The nutrition of the children has improved greatly and you can tell their quality of life is improving by the joy in their faces. Thanks to LWB for stepping out of the American Dream and sharing with precious children and meeting their needs.

Brandi D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a volunteer for Love Without Boundaries for several years, and still every day I am touched by the passion and caring that each volunteer demonstrates for every single child that comes into one of our programs.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The work Love Without Boundaries is doing is inspirational. The lives they touch priceless and uncountable. From the children in their programs to the foster parents, from the doctors on cleft exchanges to the parents who adopt a child that otherwise may have died from a complicated heart defect they are reaching out with compassion and often what appears to be emotions raw from the loses.

They have several educational programs that are changing children's lives. I know of at least two orphans in recent weeks who passed college/university entrance exams because of the work LWB does. They help children in preschool all the way through college. Many of these children would not have had educational opportunities without them because of being orphaned or because of poverty. They provide funding for orphans and rural children, and they provide training for teachers.

The people of this organization are what make it so great. They are changing the world one child at a time.

Kerstin P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering for Love Without Boundaries for 5 years. The oversight, the dedication volunteer feels to the children and the fact that almost all of each donation goes to the children makes this a truly great charity. I am proud of being associated with them. My younger daughter was served by medical, foster care, and education and it made such a difference in her health and her adjustment.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a foster care and education coordinator for Anhui Province. I track monthly developmental progress of the children and make sure they are on target. If they aren't, I make suggestions to help them make progress. I also track quarterly education reports to ensure that the school-aged children in my foster care program are making strides in their intellectual development. It is a privilege to work for the children and to watch them grow (and then be adopted!).

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Yolanda4

Volunteer

Rating: 5

By far the most rewarding volunteer experience of my university career so far. Such a tight-knit group of wonderful volunteers whose love and compassion for the kids shines through in everything they do. I love seeing updates of children who have been helped through our programs.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

After working with Love Without Boundaries for over 2 years now I must say that I have been very impressed with the level of dedication, love, care and passion it takes to run an organization of this size and impact. Everyone involved from the Board to the Director to the China Staff and to the Volunteer Base has a strong level of commitment to these deserving children. There is a common goal that each person shares and it is to better the lives of every child that LWB comes into contact with, whether the child is a part of the program or not. Love Without Boundaries welcomes new ideas from it's support community and embraces change very easily. It has and will continue to be a pleasure and inspiration to volunteer with LWB. They are honest, ethical and passionate.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization of people world-wide pouring their hearts and time into helping orphaned and impoverished children in China. Inside and outside, this organization shines with the love, care, and enthusiasm that its members bring each day. I have been involved with Love Without Boundaries as a donor and volunteer for several years and feel honored to be part of such a life-changing organization.

Kristy9

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about this organization from the adoption community. Then years later I adopted a child who happened to be sponsored and provided for by LWB. Our daughter was so well taken care of compared to other children adopted and the same time, that weren't in a nutrition program and foster home, that I was thoroughly convinced the work of LWB was crucially to the children's needs. I have now volunteered for over 5 years, and seen that they advocate for every child's need, and funds go directly to the children. I am so impressed with this volunteer model, I've seen nothing like it in any other nonprofit!

Kelly91

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organization continues to amaze me. I became a volunteer after LWB was able to help me get a donation of coats to my daughter's orphanage. I could not walk away from them after I learned more and I continue to be blown away by the love and dedication of this group. With a very low overhead due to mostly volunteers, LWB is making a massive difference, often a life-saving difference, in orphans and impoverished children of China, one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

We have adopted two children from China and one of them was assisted by LWB. They helped provide funding for her foster care, education and medical needs. I cannot imagine what her life would have been like without the help of LWB.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I honestly never thought of myself as a "charity volunteer" type of person. Then I started researching adoption from China and came across some wonderful, very informative articles written by Love Without Boundaries founder Amy Eldridge. I started looking at what LWB did for children in China, and I was just blown away by the extent of help they provided, and the beautiful spirit in which it was done. Then I checked their financials, and saw how pretty much ALL of the money goes to the children. Then I applied to volunteer.

I felt like the luckiest person in the world when I was given an opportunity to volunteer!

I still feel lucky EVERY DAY in the work I do for Love Without Boundaries. I am so proud of the organization and so thankful and honored to be a part of what we do.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered at LWB for 6 years and can honestly say this organization truly believes that 'every child counts'. LWB is always extremely transparent regarding finances and works hard to be good stewards of each and every donation made. What you see is what you get with LWB!

Kristy7

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I discovered LWB when I was researching China adoptions. After our first adoption I became a volunteer where I have served in various roles throughout the past few years. It is an honor to work with such an amazing group of people. In 2012 we completed our 2nd adoption who just happened to be a LWB kid:) I am forever thankful for the role they played in my son's life!

1 Barbara69

Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a mother to two girls adopted from China, I was familiar with Love Without Boundaries from its inception and was impressed with its founders' dedication to helping children who remained in China. However, it was not until I became a volunteer for LWB nearly three-and-a-half years ago that I realized how truly special it is. This organization is almost entirely run by volunteers, and the funds raised are truly used to help children directly in areas such as education, foster care, medical care, nutrition and assistance to orphanages. Numerous children's lives have been improved by LWB, and many children have been healed and therefore made eligible for adoption because of their programs. The single-minded focus of its volunteers towards helping orphans and impoverished children in China is inspiring, and I am honored to call myself an LWB volunteer as well as a donor.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am currently a volunteer for Love Without Boundaries, but I have been a donor/supporter of this charity for much longer than that. This is an organization that is truly transforming the lives of children and giving them a second chance at life. Each child who comes into the care of Love Without Boudaires is cherished and watched over. Donors can be confident that the money they donate is going to transform lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering with LWB for three months now. I have followed their work for about a year and finally decided that I wanted to be a part of something that was actually making a differnce in the world and in these children's lives. I am the coordinator for the Secondary and HIgher Education Program in Hunan and I have seen the difference that this program is making in these students lives. I have seen the pictures, read the reports and seen hope sustain these kids through some very difficult situtaions. These kids are given an opportunity to change their lives and the lives of the families through the money that people donate to them. Education is a vital part of all out lives and these kids are working so hard to make their dreams come true. LWB is helping them to do that and it is awesome to watch!

Levis F.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered for LWB for coming up on 6 years, in various capacities, currently as the Director of Nutrition and Orphanage Assistance. No way would I still be volunteering for a charity I didn't believe in. So much amazing work is done. The donors are wonderful. The volunteers give so much. Children's lives are truly affexted, one child at a time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Having two beautiful healthy children from China, I wanted to find a way to keep giving back to those children who have not yet found their forever family . The work LWB does is amazing... over the past two years we have helped to fund heart surgeries and have sponsored a couple of children in Foster Care.
LWB is a godsend to the orphans and rural children in China.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Love Without Boundaries is one of the most caring organizations I have ever had the pleasure to know. They do a fabulous job getting suport, caring for and loving very special children. I am grateful for their work

Linda P.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've been a volunteer with LWB since 2004. I love thinking that a group of people from all over the world can work together to truly save and change the lives of children in China. LWB really strives to work within the Chinese culture and with the Chinese people and also to make sure that everything that we do is done with the "whole child" in mind.
One of my adopted children was a beneficiary of LWB programs and I know that it has made such a difference in her life. I often wonder what her life would have been like without the intervention that LWB provided, since she is considered a child with "special needs."
I feel very privileged to be a part of the LWB family and to have a part in touching lives every day!

Melissa K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love the work that LWB does! It is so wonderful to work with a group of people who all have the best interest of the children at heart. The level of dedication is amazing, the number of volunteer employees who stay for YEARS is remarkable as well.

This is a wonderful organization that uses its resources well, is very organized, and really cares about the children served. They do not waste their donors money and really strive to give the children the best care possible.

The amount of love within LWB is incredible. I have been a volunteer with LWB for nearly 3 years, and I look forward to the many, many more years ahead!

suznews40

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have one daughter that was helped by LWB's education program, and I have been a volunteer for Love Without Boundaries for almost 4 years. It is a privilege to help so many children through my work and know that through the volunteer efforts of many others as well, a lot of children are helped medically, educationally, emotionally and physically. I think LWB does an amazing work.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am the mother of 6 bio kids and two daughters from China. I heard about LWB when we decided to adopt an older child from China. The child we were considering was in an orphanage that has LWB programs. I started sponsoring a child in the education program. We adopted our daughter a few months later and I got to visit the orphanage. After I returned, I decided I would like to volunteer for LWB and so I have been a volunteer since Dec. 2006. I was an assistant in the education program at my daughter's orphanage briefly and later became the Foster Care coordinator for the program at her orphanage. While I had this position, I again visited the orphanage and I got to visit the foster care children also. Recently I have taken on Orphanage Assistance Director and this program is so AWESOME... I love my work, I love what LWB does for those kids. I love that if a parent like myself has a child from an orphanage (My second adopted daughter's orphanage) where LWB doesn't have programs, they can contact LWB and we can do a project to get something for that orphanage..whether they donate $25 or $2500....we can make a difference. I love that we had a recent donation to a specific orphanage for $54 .... We asked the orphanage, and they needed a heater for the baby's bathroom. Think about how nice this will be on little cold bottoms in the winter. Such a small amount of money can make a difference...I am proud to volunteer for this organization. So many children have been, are being now, and will be helped because of LWB and the sponsors who make it possible for us to do this caring work. Suzanne Damstedt Orphanage Assistance Director Love Without Boundaries.com www.lovewithoutboundaries.com