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May 18, 2018

Loraine

Loraine
Loraine

Hurricane Maria had a devastating impact on everyone in Puerto Rico and beyond. Every basic necessity was affected by this terrible storm. Included in these necessities were diapers. In fact necessities like diapers and feminine products were hit extremely hard. Access before wasn’t always easy, but the storm made it quite difficult for all sorts of different reasons.

Enter Loraine, a loving mom of two. Loraine had been studying English to become a teacher when she became pregnant with her third child. When she found out she was pregnant, she put her studies on hold to care for her new child. Her baby was born almost exactly when the storm hit.

“It was real scary,” Loraine said as she described having her baby around the same time as Hurricane Maria hit. The uncertainty of it all, not to mention, being able to provide for her other kids, worried her immensely.

But, Loraine made it through and is making it one day at a time thanks in part to Jake’s Diapers. Loraine stated that not only was she amazed that Jake’s Diapers provided diapers, but that there were diapers and wipes, neatly bagged and organized.

Loraine was so inspired that she helped deliver diapers to distribution centers. The first day she worked with Jake’s Diapers, they drove from 8 am to 11 pm, delivering diapers to families in dire need. Loraine said the experience has been very inspiring.

Loraine said before Jake’s Diapers, many moms did not change diapers because they didn’t have anything to replace the old diaper with. After Jake’s Diapers had arrived on the scene, moms would cry at the sight of fresh diapers they could keep.

Loraine said it was like someone getting a check for a million dollars—that’s how important these were to these women. Loraine remembered one story in particular where a little boy desperately needed diapers and when she was able to give the diapers to the boy, the mom cried because up to this point they were choosing between diapers and food. And the shock of free diapers was overwhelming.

Loraine said she plans on continuing to distribute diapers as long as the need is there. It is an amazing thing Loraine is doing, and the work we do wouldn’t be possible without her and our other amazing community partners in Puerto Rico. Most of all, our work wouldn’t be possible without your continued financial support.

Thanks for helping babies!

~ Stephanie & Jonathan

May 8, 2018

Sweet Priya

Priya
Priya

Mother’s Day is a time to celebrate motherhood and recognize the mother figures in our lives. We’re excited to be participating in GlobalGiving’s Mother’s Day Campaign. It’s an amazing opportunity where GlobalGiving is matching all new, recurring donations of any size at 100%. This is a great way to honor a mother in your life, while helping an orphaned child with the basic need of diapers.

At our Diaper Drop in India, the 163 children we serve have wonderful foster mothers and caregivers loving on them as they wait for forever families. And thanks to you, a supply of cloth diapers to keep them clean, dry, and healthy.

Priya is the head nurse, and a beacon of light for both foster moms and children. Brittany, one of the foster moms, recently shared these kind words about her:

“Priya is literally one of the sweetest souls that I have ever had the privilege to know. Officially she is our head nurse but in reality she is so much more. Priya is the tender heartbeat behind our nursing care at Sarah’s Covenant Homes. She’s the gentle touch to a weary soul. She is appointment-making phone calls. Billing department e-mails. Medication orders. Huggie quotes. She’s 1 AM emergency room visits. Middle of the night pharmacy runs. She’s an advocate for children. Staff. Foreign volunteers. She’s grace in the face of injustice. Mercy in the midst of cruelty. Calm in the eye of my storm. Priya is all the good, kind, and soft parts of me that have been jaded and stripped away. The perfect optimistic yang to my world-weary yin.

Priya has been with SCH for 4 years. She knows not only every child’s name, but their stories, their hearts. She’s the face they seek during hospital admissions because it means they’re coming home. For some, she’s the first person from SCH they ever met. She’s the one who holds their hands during scary doctors’ visits. Who wipes their tears after painful injections. Priya Akka (sister) is a name on every child’s lips. Priya is the angel who admitted me not once, but twice during my time in India. Who came to the hospital to check on me even though she didn’t have to. Who yelled (I wouldn’t believe it if I hadn’t heard it myself) at hospital staff when my complaints of pain were ignored.

Thank you, Priya, for loving me and these children well beyond your job description! For being a light in the darkness. For anchoring me when the chaos of this life threatens to wash me away.

Thank you for the joy you bring, through diapers. This Mother’s Day, would you prayerfully consider becoming a monthly sponsor, at any amount? Your impact will then be amplified by GlobalGiving, thus enabling more children to receive an ample supply of diapers.

It is an honor to partner with you in making the world a better place.

~ Stephanie

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Apr 18, 2018

Joy at Jubilee Home

Susan
Susan

Thank you for helping the women & girls of Jubilee Home! Jubilee Home is one of the homes at our Diaper Drop Sarah's Covenant Homes, and the girls that live here have cognitive delays and learning and behavioural disorders. Some depend on diapers for personal hygiene, thanks for helping with this very basic, yet much needed need. 

Susan is one of the girls who lives at Jubilee.  Susan has such a sweet, special personality. She is a gentle and quiet sort of girl but is full of laughter when she finds something particularly amusing. She has cerebral palsy, epilepsy, and an intellectual disability. Susan loves music and going for rides in her wheelchair. She also loves affection and is all smiles when you engage her in conversation.

Sarah’s Covenant Homes recently shared this update:

“Susan begins her weekdays with circle time. At Jubilee home, all 17 girls get together and begin their days with this fun routine--filled with songs and social experiences. Susan also has class every day with Hannah (one of our teachers who spends time at both Joy and Jubilee Home). This class is structured and focused on exploring sensory experiences. Susan and Hannah enjoy playing instruments together, playing in the sand, feeling shaving cream and more. Perhaps the most enchanting part of class with Hannah is when Susan works on turning music on and off in order to watch sound-activated lights dance.

These are just a few of the enriching activities Susan engages in throughout her day. Each week, each Friday we are reminded that growth is nestled within each opportunity given to our kids. It is found in the moments between waking up and going to bed. Growth is found with happiness and joy, friendship and encouragement. Most of all, it is found within time spent with those who most believe in their unlimited potential. We love to see Susan grow and change each week, with each step. We see her growth tied to these moments; we see that it is inseparably tethered to the love that echoes through each and every day.”

Thanks for helping the women & girls at Jubilee! 

~ Stephanie 

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