Sunday, December 19, 2010

two of the older babies and the difference milk can make

Here are two of the older babies who have lived at the orphanage since they were born.  They are now 9 months old or so.  They came right around the time when I was able to start bringing formula up to the orphanage and do some much needed trainings about feeding the babies full strength formula, how much, and how often.  This is sweet Chantal.  She is doing so well! (And loves the bumbo that a friend recently brought out).

This is Benjamin.  He is the 10th child of a local pastor.  His mother died giving birth to him.  I have met his father many times when he has visited his son.  He always is so grateful for the milk that has kept his son alive.  Thank you to all of you who have donated milk and money to buy formula.  It has made a difference in this little boy's life!  He is doing so well, and is a big boy.  (Thanks to my sister-in-law Shauna for this Bumbo!)

When I came to the orphanage 9 months ago, this little boy was the same age as these kiddos are right now.  He was one of 35 kids, most of them not able to walk.  Most days there were 2 mamas to take care of all those kids.  He was getting porridge watered down in water through a bottle three times a day and had been since he was 6 months old.  Before that he was getting watered down formula three times a day.  He was held when he was fed, three times a day.  He rarely cried when I met him.  He couldn't sit, roll, or hold his head up.  I never saw him held the first times I visited.  Since then, we have four new mamas to hold the babies and enough formula for all the children that are malnourished and all those under age one.  Now he is rarely in his crib, except to sleep.  What you give makes a difference!  
Here he is now!  I love this little boy!

More good things to come!


sara said...

tears. he was the first one I picked up. he looks so good Holly. Thank you for updates.

Shauna said...

Beautiful. How I miss these little sweeties. They look wonderful.