Mar 8, 2019

Thanks for helping babies!

It’s a pretty typical scene: a young child in a family with two working parents. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, but of course, things can always change … and change is often abrupt.

“My husband had to find a new job and my hours were cut all in the same week,” the mother wrote to us. “We knew we were counting down the days until our last disposable diaper, so I went to a local thrift store and found 2 cloth diapers. There were in pretty bad shape so we have been dealing with soaked clothes every couple hours.”

When the diapers weren’t through the wash in time, she said they’ve found other innovative ways to get by, such as wrapping a kitchen towel around a cloth prefold.

Thankfully, this family found out about our Individual Aid program launched in late 2018. We provide cloth diapers on loan, with the expectation of the family using them as long as they need to and then returning them. We then sanitize them, repair them, and pass them along to another family. 

“We never thought that we would have to choose between food or diapers, but we did,” she wrote. “I find comfort knowing that Jake’s Diaper’s box is on its way to rescue me from this awful last two weeks of diapering.” 

As a bonus, she told us she’s at least happy this experience opened her to the world of cloth diapering … something they hadn’t considered when everything was typical just weeks before. 

It’s because of wonderful supporters like you that we’re able to make this individual impact. Thanks for helping Veterans and their babies! 

~ Stephanie

Feb 25, 2019

Carla

Carla
Carla

We've been providing diapers to the Rescue Center at Real Hope for Haiti for nearly six years now, and it's a joy to share with you children whose lives have been impacted by you. Here is Carla's story, as shared by Real Hope for Haiti. 

This lovely little lady became a part of RHFH in February 2016, when she was 18 months old.  She lived in the rescue center until April 2018.   She had recovered from malnutrition but was unable to return home to her family.  Last April, Carla was taken in by a foster family that is near and dear to our hearts.  We’d like to introduce you to them!

Pascal and Muralene Thelusma are Carla’s foster parents.  The couple met in 2009 when Muralene was attending school in her village. Pascal noticed her and wanted to meet her, so he waited for Muralene to get out of school and asked if he could walk her home.  He did this every day, walking her home and talking until they were in love and started a family together. 

Pascal and Muralene are both Christians and attend the Baptist church here in Cazale with their children.  Pascal began working for RHFH in 2015.  RHFH encouraged the couple to get married and Pascal says that he realized God wanted them to be married.  When he talked with his wife, she agreed but didn’t know how they could get married.  He told her that RHFH would help, and she was very happy. She is thankful and says that she feels a union with RHFH and prays that God will bless the mission. Pascal and Muralene were married in 2016.

Pascal and Muralene have two other daughters and are pregnant with another girl, due in April!  The girls are Atanaelle, 9 years old, and Angelica, 7 years old.  They both love Carla very much and are happy that she is their sister. 

Carla’s foster family wants you to know that she is very loving.  Whenever anyone leaves the house and returns, she often waits at the gate for them to return, and she always runs to great them.  She is confident and strong willed but listens to her dad!  She does very well in school and is very intelligent.  She has not begun to learn to read or write, but her favorite part of kindergarten is music.  She is constantly singing around the house and this makes the whole family happy. 

Carla lives in a four-room cement home with a tin roof.  They have a latrine and they bathe in the river, which is not far from the house.  They get their drinking water from a community faucet. 

Pascal and Muralene ask that you pray for Carla to grow and listen to the things that they teach her.  They pray that she will make good choices when she grows up, and that she will love God and want to stay in church. 

Carla and her foster family
Carla and her foster family
Carla
Carla's house
Feb 11, 2019

Alana

Alana
Alana

It's a joy to introduce you to Alana at our Diaper Drop Sarah's Covenant Homes in India. Through your generosity, we're able to provide Sarah's Covenant Homes (SCH) with diapers for all ages of persons with special needs.  

Alana came into SCH's care in November of 2014 because the government orphanage she was living in could not properly take care of her specific needs. It took Alana about a week to warm up when she arrived at SCH. She was very fearful and shy. Slowly she began opening up and now she is often smiling and interacting with others. Alana has cerebral palsy and is nonverbal. She has no cognitive delay and can respond by nodding or using some hand movements. Alana is a bright, intelligent young lady who communicates much through her eyes and facial expressions.

Alana is doing really well in Jubilee Home. Alana is very smart and is enjoying our onsite special education classes. She communicates through gestures and pointing at what she wants and feeds herself when food is placed in her hand. She is working on fine motor skills with things like giant beads puzzles and blocks. She loves to play on the trampoline and enjoy hammocks and swings. She can go from lying down to sitting on her own, can go up and down stairs independently, and moves by scooting around.

Everyday her loving caregivers are blown away by this smart girl and her sweet presence, and consider themselves truly blessed to know her. She is full of life, love, and happiness!

Thanks for helping Alana and other children like her! 

 

~ Stephanie

Alana in 2018
Alana in 2018
Alana, 2014
Alana, 2014
 
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