It's been awhile since I have posted about Tumaini and children that need sponsors. I have waited because I finally can share our exciting news. We received our 501c3 status which means we can directly accept donations rather than working with an umbrella organization. We still have to get a new website up and running (it's in process) so we are still thankful to Children's HopeChest for accepting our donations over the next month.
The other news is that we have made the decision to change our name from the swahili name for hope, "Tumaini" to "Reeds of Hope". We felt that Tumaini is a difficult word to pronounce and spell. The name "Reeds of Hope" (based off of the biblical story of moses when he was placed in a basket of reeds to save his life) still reflects the hope with which we do our work, hope which guides the families that bring the babies to the orphanage when their mothers die, and the hope that comes from the love of God for all the orphaned and vulnerable children in DRC.
Other wonderful news is that we have had many children move home back with their families. I will post their photos in the next post. This is what makes our work most worthwhile, seeing children with families and out of institutions.
Here are the babies that have arrived over the past three months and that need sponsors. Also two children who still need sponsors who have been at the orphanage for about a year. We provide formula for all the babies, powdered milk that is fortified for the older children as well as extra women to hold and care for the children. Each child needs one full sponsor ($50/month) or two partial sponsors at $25/month. Please feel free to email me if you are interested in sponsoring one of the babies below (email is top of blog on the right) and I will give you further details.
|Chikuru Isenge |
|Bruno, born Sept. 29. He |
|Furahisha, born Oct. 5. She |
|Samueli, born Aug. 26. Another sweet baby that |
|Chanceline, she |
|This sweet boy is Lukogo, he |
|This is sweet Consolat, she|
Sometimes, I think of the families that bring their babies to the orphanage. I was there one day visiting when a family brought a little one. They were still in mourning, grieving their sister who had died. They handed off the newborn she had given birth to, because they had no way to keep him alive. It was completely heartbreaking. I think of the small hope that brought them to the orphanage, the hope that perhaps the baby may live when so many do not in that area of Congo. Hope can sometimes seem as slim and fragile as a reed, but often that slender bit of hope is enough to save a life and work a miracle. Thank you for supporting our work.