Feb 11, 2019

Joy in Africa

 

 

I'm writing to share with you some joy in Africa! Our work in Africa is growing, we're onboarding six new Diaper Drops in Uganda! One of our new Diaper Drops is with Ekisa Ministries. Ekisa Ministries works to improve the quality of life for children living with special needs in Uganda. We're providing them with cloth diapers for individuals of all ages, thanks to you.

 

Innocent's Story, as told by Ekisa Ministries

Without Immaculate, Innocent’s life would most likely look a lot different today. His grandmother took him in after his parent’s weren’t able to provide the care he needed to thrive. He had suffered from malnutrition and neglect, and was far from the healthy, happy boy we’ve come to know and love. Immaculate is incredibly proud of how much Innocent has developed and grown since being brought into her home.

When we asked her about raising him she immediately pulled out a picture from her purse to show us what he used to look like. The transformation in Innocent is staggering. She shared,

It makes me very, very happy when I look at where he is now compared to when I first started caring for him. Look at him. He’s always so happy now; he doesn’t cry unless there is something wrong with him. I don’t want Innocent to ever go away from my family.”

Thanks to Immaculate, Innocent is growing up in a safe, nurturing and loving home. This has changed everything.

Today, Innocent is able to sit independently and he is able to hold and grip basic things like cups and toys. He is working hard in physiotherapy with the goal of eventually being able to walk and he is also attending school for the first time at Ekisa Academy. Immaculate shared,

He’s always very excited whenever I dress him in his uniform to go to school. He even recognizes the school bus that comes to pick him up. If you take Innocent somewhere and he happens to miss school, he can cry the whole day!” 

Looking ahead, Immaculate sees Innocent growing into a responsible young man who is able to interact well with everyone around him. She believes with all her heart that he will do something purposeful with his life. 

Today we celebrate grandmothers like Immaculate who have selflessly stepped in to raise children whose parents are unable to care for them.They deserve so much praise and celebration for doing so. At an age when they were ready to retire, they had the courage to start all over again. 

Feb 7, 2019

Hope for young moms

Young, single moms are the most susceptible to poverty, according to Beth Hudak of House of Hope in Green Bay. House of Hope is one of Jake’s Diapers Diaper Drop partners and provides emergency shelter and housing stability programs for young parents experiencing homelessness and their children.  

There are a number of hurdles that create a continual struggle for young, single moms, she said, including education and access to childcare, transportation, and mental health.

House of Hope works directly with its parents to overcome these barriers. For example, to address education hurdles, the organization helps parents interested in pursuing a GED with funding and access to practice tests. The case managers offer intensive life skills programming based on individual needs, and set goals decided by the parents about where they want to be — and help them get there.

“We don’t just set goals and check back in a few weeks on progress,” Beth said. “Our case managers work with them weekly to actively pursue these goals.”

In the ways House of Hope does not assist directly, they partner with local resources that provide the support their parents need.

For example, their partnership with Jake’s Diapers! With enough diaper supply, moms can use their minimal incomes to support their children with other essential needs - and take step by step out of poverty.

Thanks for helping babies! 

 

~ Stephanie

Dec 31, 2018

Silly Cedar

Cedar, in 2010
Cedar, in 2010

It is a joy to introduce you to Cedar, a joyous silly child who calls our Diaper Drop Sarah's Covenant Homes home. We've been partnering with SCH for nearly 5 years now, providing cloth diapers to children with special needs who were previously abandoned; now living in foster style homes while they wait to be re-unified with their biological families or adopted into Forever Families. 

When Cedar, who is functionally blind and has Autism, first arrived at SCH in December 2009, he had been hospitalized on multiple occasions because he was so weak and was having difficulty eating. He was struggling to walk or even sit up.

Today, Cedar is known as the resident acrobat. He is known for his wild contortions and trapeze-like antics. At some point during the day, you’re bound to catch this sweetheart hanging upside down off of any elevated surface in the home. Cedar is giggly and tender-hearted--well beloved by the caregivers, teachers, and staff of Courage Home. Cedar is functionally blind and attends our on-site homeschool program, Anjali School for the Blind. Daily, this little guy is making excellent progress in his orientation and mobility by using his guide cane, sensory exploration, and communication skills.

Thanks for helping Cedar, and the other children at SCH! 

~ Stephanie 

Cedar, 2018
Cedar, 2018
 
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