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.
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.
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