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.
I recently had two opportunities to speak to large groups on the work that Love Without Boundaries does. As a volunteer, I see a lot of the detail that goes on day to day, yet in preparing my presentations, I realized how much all of the little things add up to helping so many children in very significant ways. Education, medical, healing home, foster care, nutrition and orphanage assistance combine to provide for the whole child while LWB advocates for permanent families. And, oh, the joy, when we hear from a family that their new son or daughter is doing well in their new families!
I first came across LWB right after we adopted our first son from China. I subscribed to "LWB NEWS". Shortly after there was a post about a need for sponsors for a young man who was wheelchairbound because his bones in his legs broke when he walked. He needed surgery to put rods in his legs so he could work. He was an orphan who had "aged out" and so he would have to support himself. My heart went out to him. Fixing his legs seemed like his only hope. Not being an outgoing person, I somehow asked people around me to help sponsor his surgery. When I collected all the funds for his surgery, I sent it thinking tht was it. I knew a young man would have surgery and, Lord willing, would be able to walk one day. To my surprise I received photos of him and updates on his rehabilitation after surgery. Many months later I got additional photos of him walking! i was so thankful for these updates and my only connection to him. The days I got these updates always made the day brighter. Currently he has a job and he is doing well in society. Praise God for Love Without Boundaries.
My two youngest children were adopted from China. After traveling to bring my daughters home, on two separate trips, I was left worrying about the children who were left behind in the crowded orphanages. I would watch my own girls sleeping in their comfortable and warm beds and wonder about the "brothers and sisters" still living as orphans in China. I was initially drawn to Love Without Boundaries because their work centers on the children who remain in China, waiting for families of their own. As I learned more about this foundation and all the amazing work they have done, I knew I wanted to volunteer my time and resources to help them accomplish their mission. Joining Love Without Boundaries as a volunteer was one of the best decisions I ever made. Every day I know I make a difference in the lives of the orphans who are still waiting in China to be adopted. Both of my daughters lived with foster families in China before being adopted. I believe the individual love and attention they received in their homes greatly improved their development and well-being and showed them how to give and receive love. I now volunteer with the Love Without Boundaries Foster Care Program. It is incredibly meaningful for me to help other children benefit from foster care they way my own children did until they were adopted. This program is changing lives for these children.
Love Without Boundaries is a fantastic organizations. The vast majority of all donations go directly to assisting the children, as all staff volunteer their time. Everyone involved has such a caring heart and the results of the work the organization does is very evident in the progress children are making. Donors receive regular updates on the children or projects they are supporting as well as hand-written thank you notes from the project coordinators. I am also an adoption social worker and have actually met children who have been part of LWB programs after they come home with their adoptive families. The fact that some of these children are even still alive, as several were born with complex medical issues that LWB arranged and paid for medical treatment for, is a testament to the wonderful work LWB does!
Both of my daughters were adopted from China and there is a desire to give back to help other children. However, I am very cautious about donating to organizations unless I can see some accountability for the funds. This is where Love Without Boundaries stands out. Due to the volunteer structure of the organization, only a very small percent of funding is need to support administration. The true test is the results that sponsors can see on the sponsor reports and the medical missions. After supporting this organization through donations, I also became a volunteer. That's when I found out what heart the organization has. Daily e-mails flow around the world to find the best ways to help these children in need. The energy of this organization is incredible.