Big smiles from little Moise! What a sweetheart! He is 11 months old now and doing his best to make up for some lost time, getting bigger every time I see him.
Little Chito Wambili is 16 months old now, and she is sitting one her own. Not a full smile, but she did interact more than usual. Again, I wish I could just spend all day there, it is hard because the drive is so long that I have so little time there and there are so many children that need attention and love. Especially this little angel who has some severe sensory issues from chronic neglect and under-stimulation. Some of their eyes stay with me, and hers are some that I can't easily forget.
This is Ziruka, a strong and tall 21 month old girl. Sometimes I can't get over how some of the kids are doing SO well, and others are struggling so much. I know it is a mixture of reasons to explain this, having to do with resiliency, vulnerability, genetics, and physical resources, but it still shocks me. Ziruka is a happy little girl who is playful and walking all over the place.
This is Sandrine, a little girl who is almost 3. As you can see, she is very sweet and playful.
Sifa is almost 4 years old (in two days!). She loved getting hugs and kisses from a friend that went with us this time.
Little Chikurru was running all over the place on this visit. She is a two year old.
This sweet boy is Gloire, he is about 15 months old I think. He loves loves loves being held and just melts into my arms when I pick him up. He is sitting by himself now, when he wasn't before. We've been able to bring enough formula so that the bigger kids (the ones that are over one, but malnourished and delayed) can receive some. I've really noticed a difference, even in one month. Now the challenge will be to raise some regular funding so that the formula can continue into the future.
Well, it's late. Enough for tonight. Oh, maybe one more picture....