Feed the Orphan Babies in Haiti

 
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May 5, 2014

Feeding Babies - the need continues!

So, how are we doing at feeding the babies in Haiti?   They are getting fed.

Every day, all 65 of our babies who need formula are getting what they need.   It is changing the lives of many children. 

Because of the support of many people like yourselves, we are able to keep feeding the children.   Providing them with the strength and energy that they need to overcome the challenges that they face.

Challenges of disease.

Challenges of prematurity.

Challenges of trauma and abandonment.

Challenges of life in a third world country.

They have a chance because we are able to give them the support that they need.

A large part of that comes from the help that good food - predominantly the right type of formula gives them.

And that comes from you.

That comes from your help.   Your help with providing the food and formula for our kids is saving lives.

And the need continues.   We have 65 babies at the orphanage and while the number fluctuates, it never goes away.

The need is always present.

Thank you for helping us meet that need.

Tom

Jan 2, 2014

How You Made a Difference for Little Love

Love has a future
Love has a future

Britany Smith, our head nurse, tells the story of little Love and how you made a difference for him:

On October 17, we had another organization, who goes to remote areas of Haiti, calling us requesting help for a young boy who they had seen in their week-long medical clinic. Just under a year old Little Love, as I liked to call him, was just 11 lbs. He was severely malnourished and was treated for three days prior to coming to us with naso-gastric feeds but still was not doing well and the short-term team was looking for continued care for him.

     For the first few days, he was touch and go. He was not tolerating any food by mouth and only small amounts through is NG tube; he was very sad and withdrawn. His mother stayed here with him for his first few weeks and the staff helped to teach her what her son needed and how to prepare it, for his eventual discharge. Little Love would cry and cry when his mother wasn't in an arms distance or holding him and it was very evident that his mother truly wanted to care and provide for him, she just need some education and help.

     After having an IV for a few days and a naso-gastric tube for about two weeks, his body starting changing, the swelling had diminished and his thin, frail body was starting to become strong again. Little Love stayed here with us until December 9th, just under two months. His mother had gone home for a few weeks to see her family and help take care of her other son, when she returned she was so surprised and happy to see the transformation in her youngest son. On discharge, he had gained just under 7lbs in 2 months and was the happiest boy around! He has a laugh that can take over the room! 

     Little Love is back in his families care; we continue to pray that he continues to grow and be healthy while with his family. His story is not over and we hope that he can continue to thrive in the environment and care that he is currently in.

Thank you for making a difference for the children we care for in Haiti.

Love has a future because of you.

Tom

Aug 29, 2013

Baby Formula!

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!

Mar 11, 2013

The Cost of Food in Haiti

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?

  • It means that the food that is available in Haiti is going to cost more.   Meaning it will taie more dollars to get the same amount of food.
  • It means that a lot of families aren't going to make enough to provide for their kids.   That means that the orphanages will see an increase in the number of people who are bringing their children to the orphanage as a choice preferable to death.
  • It means that many kids will not be able to go to school because their parents won't be able to pay for school.

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.

Oct 4, 2012

An Update on Feeding the Kids in Haiti

Dayana in September
Dayana in September

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.

  • According to statistics that I received from a friend of mine at another organization north of Port Au Prince, in many of the areas that got hit by Tropical Storm Isaac, between 50 and 80% of the farm crop was wiped out.   Not only is that a problem for those particular farmers, it is creating significant food shortages and many NGOs are worried about a significant spike in malnutrition and malnutrition related diseases, especially in children.
  • On a global scale, but especially in Haiti, food prices have been going up substantially.   The most recent statistics that I've seen say that food prices in Haiti have risen over 30%.    When the average wage is $2 per day, a 30% increase takes a HUGE bit out of anyone's income, but especially those who are already "on the edge." 

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?

  • Enough food - some of the children who came in with Dayana said they were "shocked" that everyone got to eat three times a day.   They said that many times, the kids would take turns eating and 3would eat maybe every other day.
  • Love and attention - those magnify the good that enough food does.   Enough food is crucial but it is the combination that makes a huge 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,

Tom 

Dayana on May 31
Dayana on May 31

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Dixie Bickle

Colorado Springs, Colorado United States

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