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Sep 30, 2019

3 Year Old Boy, Yunusa, Receives Much Needed Surgery

Yunusa at MCM Hospital
Yunusa at MCM Hospital

Yunusa is an energetic, extroverted, and loving 3 year old boy. He is usually smiling and loves to play with his dad and other kids his age. Yunusa is the 5th and youngest child to his parents, a school teacher and stay at home mom who struggled to find and afford treatment for his Hirsprung disease. The disease causes a portion of the colon to malfunction making Yunusa's belly to swell, become constipated, and have pain. 

The boy's dad said "It was really difficult for him. We did everything we could. We went to many hospitals in Gambia and then in Seregal but were sent home lacking in service. We went to traditional doctors but he couldn't get the necessary treatment. It was frustrating and very sad. We spent all our savings for his treatment and finally we set home looking for sponsorship and hoping for a miracle. This is when I heard about Bethany Kids."

The dad heard about Bethany Kids from another organization that covered their travel expenses. Taking the families financial situation into consideration and with your help, Bethany Kids decided to provide the surgery and hospital stay at no cost and were able to secure a place for Yunusa and his dad to stay near the hospital before and after the operation.

When Yunusa arrived to the hospital in the spring of 2019 for his colostomy his belly was swollen, he could barely eat, and he cried often. After surgery he became a happy child who talked and laughed constantly! 

His dad said “It is really amazing. Bethany Kids is a compassionate, well standardized and an equipped organization. They gave us all the best services. When I come from Gambia, His mom and my self really didn’t think, that he would get back alive because he was very sick. The whole family was crying a lot when we said good bye. And when I got here I did not know what to expect. But I find everything perfect. The accommodation, the medical service, the people who served us, everything was good. He is now a healthy boy. And this is a big relief for us. And I am so grateful for it. I like to thank God, Bethany Kids, the people who give us service and our sponsors for this great service. Only God can pay for this life saving service.”

With your support Dr. Frehun and Dr. Poenaru working with the Bethany Kids organization continue to provide life-giving surgeries to children like Yunusa. Thank you for giving!

Yunusa and his dad waiting for surgery
Yunusa and his dad waiting for surgery
Yunusa after surgery
Yunusa after surgery
Celebrating at Yunusa's farewell party
Celebrating at Yunusa's farewell party

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Nov 27, 2018

Your gifts at work!

The Bonnie Memorial Children's Home (BMCH), originally constructed to house children orphaned by the recent Ebola crisis, has been expanded to also care for children orphaned by the mudslides and flooding last year.  The original structure was designed to be two levels, but due to increased need, we have expanded it to three floors.

We have completed the concrete roof of the second level of the BMCH, and are waiting for it to dry (this will take over three weeks).  While we wait to continue work on the third floor, we added an extra metal gate to the veranda - the main entrance to the BMCH facility -  for security.  This month, thanks to your generosity, we were also able to provide extra school supplies for the children.

We appreciate your generosity and continued support of these little ones!

Aug 21, 2018

Update on the Bonnie Memorial Children's Home

Celebration - Group picture
Celebration - Group picture

There has been a lot of activity at the Bonnie Memorial Children's home (BMCH) this summer!  A few weeks ago, the children at the home wrapped up the school year and participated in some special activities to celebrate. They performed a drama, shared some memory work, and ate a special meal in celebration of the end of their first year of school at the home. 


Construction is also progressing.  We are wrapping up the second level and have started our third and final level of construction.  As soon as the top floor is complete, many of the children who now sleep in the first floor/basement will move to the top floor.  This is especially important as the number of children who will be living at the home has increased.  Although the orphanage was originally built to house children orphaned by Ebola, we are now also caring for children who were orphaned in the recent flooding and mudslides in Sierra Leone. 

 

We are excited to report that we are fully funded for the second level, and have raised $15,000 of the $35,000 needed to complete the building.  We are so grateful for your support and look forward to continuing to partner with you as we push to full completion of the project!

 
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