We still have 145 kids to feed every day, but yesterday we got a big boost to that. Mead Johnson donated a LOT of baby formula that is going to a number of organizations. We currently have 75 kids who are drinking at least some formula, so this is a big thing for us.
How much did they donate? Enough to fill four containers. A container is 40 ft long by 8 ft wide by 8 ft tall. That's a lot of formula - 7,700 cases of it.
But guess what, it will all be used by the organizations who are getting it by November 1. That's right, between 2 hospitals, an orphanage (us) and a rescue clinic, we'll have it all gone by November 1 - which is the expiration date of the formula.
It's a huge help - but it is not a long term answer to prayer - we still have day to day challenges of feeding our 145 kids - while 75 of them do use formula - 70 of them don't and some of those on formula also eat solid food - so that's a big expense.
Thank you for anything you have done and can do to help us continue to feed the kids!
If you ask someone where Hurricane Sandy did damage, most people would say that it was in New York and New Jersey. And it did a lot of damage there.
But if you look at this NPR article at http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2012/10/31/164045691/before-sandy-hit-u-s-storm-was-a-killer-in-haiti you can see that Hurricane Sandy also made a huge difference (in a bad way) in Haiti.'
What does that mean? It means that it is going to be harder for parents to feel their children. Read this section:
"Moreover, Sandy's floods and mudslides killed many animals and destroyed both cash and subsistence crops. Banana, plantains and maize crops were ruined in the south, as was a coffee crop weeks from harvest. Officials say more than 70 percent of crops were destroyed."It was a relatively small disaster, but it will have a big impact," Amelie Gauthier of Oxfam told The Guardian. "All it takes is the loss of one or two lemon trees and some families will no longer be able to afford to send their children to school.""
This picture from the AP shows very well the kind of damage and devastation that Hurricane Sandy caused - http://www.cbsnews.com/2300-201_162-10014319-9.html.
So we had over 70% of the crops in Haiti that were destroyed. Many of the crops that were destroyed were ones that were going to provide a living for the family for the year. So what does this mean?
Because of this, it is more important than ever that we have help in providing the food that our kids need. In order for them to get and stay healthy, they need enough and healthy food.
Thanks for help!
P.S. This is NOT an appeal for funding for repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy. This is an update showing that even though we didn't see any significant damage from Hurricane Sandy, we are seeing the effects in that malnutrition is up and the cost of food is up.
How is feeding the kids at God's Littlest Angels in Haiti going? There's a couple of statistics and then two pictures that will tell the story well.
Food prices are going up and supplies are going down. That's not a good combination.
But, let me show you two pictures of one little girl.
Dayana came in to God's Littlest Angels in May with a group of 22 other children from another orphanage that has been shut down. You can tell by the older picture that she was scared, she was hungry and not "in a good place."
Now look at the second picture - what a difference 4 months can make! What is the difference?
The need in Haiti and the need for our kids to have enough food is more important than it has ever been.
Thank you for your help,
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