Friday, December 17, 2010

The seven (!) newest arrivals and a brief update

It's been awhile!  I have so much on my mind, so many things I would love to write about, both joyful and painful; some of which I can write about, some, I cannot.  But first, I wanted to start with the six newest babies (and one big boy) that have come to Kaziba in the last three months.  I don't have a photo of the very newest little boy who just came, Moses (he is 4 months old), but I have some photos of the other six.  Here they are...

Well,  managed to post some pictures!

Jacob-3 months old.  He came at a small 4 lbs and is doing great!

Nyota ("star" in swahili)-3 months old.  She is a chubby, smiley little girl.

Amani and Isaiah-twin 2 month old boys.  They came at 4 lbs each.  They are hanging in there, but are very vulnerable and small.

Rachel (7 months) and her big brother (2+)-Happy sweet kids who were starving at home after their mother died.

Moses (4 months old)-abandoned in a local hospital after his mother died (I haven't met him yet).

In practical, nitty gritty terms, what this means is that the orphanage is in desperate need for funds for formula.  It takes $80/month to provide EACH baby with formula.  That means they need $480/month in additional funding!  Right now there are 3 other babies up there that have been there since March.  That's 9 babies!  Plus, there are 2 older children (under 18 months old) still receiving formula because of their past levels of malnourishment.  11 babies receiving formula.  At 80$/child/month.  $880/month!  We are about to submit our application for our 501c3, Tumaini.  We hope we are up and running and ready to receive funds in a month.  We are hoping to create a sponsorship program for the children that live in the orphanage at $25/month, with more than one sponsor per child.  This will meet the monthly needs of:  formula, powdered milk for the older children, and the additional staff we have hired.  We are then hoping to raise funds for the school fees of the older children, the remainder of the wall, and other one-time projects.  That's where we are at, it's pretty exciting to look at what could happen!  The reality is right now, though, that I have received no funds this month for the orphanage.  We have enough formula from last months donations to make it through the end of the month.  But that is all I have, and that is the reality for today.

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