Dixie received a call for help from another orphanage about this little boy, so small, so sick. At 14 months old and weighing less than 10lb, he was literally wasting away but we had no idea why! Test after test, fever after fever, antibiotic after antibiotic... nothing seemed to help. His weight stayed down and his fevers kept coming. He spent his first eight months with 2 on 1 care, staying with Ms. Vicky and after a little over three months of being here, March 2013, we had a confirmed diagnosis of Tuberculosis. We started him on treatment right away and slowly but surely his weight started going up, his fevers decreased and the smiles didn't stop. His six months of oral TB treatment ended last month. There were a lot of ups and downs for him over the past 10 m0nths, but we're all praying for a positive and healthy future for this amazing little fighter! His smile lights up the nursery and brightens everyone's day here at GLA! He has gone from just surviving to THRIVING!
Back to our grass roots
GLA was originally founded with the intention of providing medical care to premature babies and returning them to their biological families. Over the years, we have seen more children being put up for adoption and placed with families outside of Haiti.
However in 2014 we have seen more than half of the children who came to our gate returning home to their biological families after receiving medical care rather than being put up for adoption. With adoption fees helping cover the cost of a child stay here at GLA, it is now crucial more than ever that we raise funds other ways to provide medical care to these children.
Thank you for helping us care for these children
Read about the story of Marie Kencia returning to her family
How will this effect the children at God’s Littlest Angels?
The fees given to an orphanage to care for the children is being reduced by a couple thousands of dollars per child. Haitian Social Services has told us that we are to raise funds to care for these children by other means.
We do not want to compromise the care of any of the children in the orphanage. We want the same education, medical care, social worker review, amount of staff, food, that they receive now. Each orphanage no matter the level of care they provide will receive the same amount of funds for child care.
We believe orphanage care is more than providing just the basics for a child. We believe they should have the same nutrition, schooling, medical care as children living with a family. A baby without it’s mother should have baby formula and not just whole milk out of can that can make the baby sick. Your gift can provide the much needed baby formula for these fragile infants to survive.
Even for GLA, raising funds is difficult and depends on so many factors in the economy. Your donations will help ease the pain of our financial burden and continue to help us give the children the best possible care we can.
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This beautiful little girl, who I will call Lande came to us in mid April. We believe she was a little over a year old on arrival. At just 12 lbs 10 oz, Lande had obvious signs of severe malnutrition. She was treated right away and we slowly increased her food intake in her beginning days here. We thought for sure she would turn around quickly and she did well for about the first week... and then that's when it happened, her organs started failing. Her abdominal organs were palpable, she struggled to breath, she grimaced and gritted her teeth in pain, and then she become non-responsive to stimulation. For over one week, she was touch and go. On multiple IV antibiotics, respiratory treatments, and oxygen supplementation. Deep down, I truly thought we were going to lose this little one. Many of the nurses and nannies would hold her and try to comfort her and she fought for her life. Day after day she continued to fight. Day after day she got a little bit better. Day after day Jesus touched and healed her frail body. It is now three and half months later and beautiful Lande is bright and full of joy. She is now over 19 lbs and lights up the nursery with her beautiful smile, fun personality, and those deep, amazing dimples! We are so thankful for God's healing hand and we thank you for all your prayers. Way to go Lande!
Lande is doing so well, your gift of formula has allowed her to go from just surviving to thriving! The flight in this young girl is undeniable. We thank you for giving her the gift of life through formula!
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.
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