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Mar 29, 2018

Simple Joy

David
David

Simple joy. 

Allison, one of our partners in Haiti, has distributed diapers to over 20 families in St. Michel. She's a medical missionary, doing whatever needs doing and helping with basic healthcare in a very poverty stricken region of Haiti. 

David is a young boy who lives in St. Michel, and life for David and his family isn't easy. His birth mother passed away last year, and David has special needs. Until last year, his name was Kokoben. This literally translates to "crippled", as Haitian culture tends to view those with special needs as a person with less value. After his Mom passed, he moved in with a relative, a widow. He's slowly been bonding with his new mother. They live in a house made of sticks, rocks, and clay with a dirt floor. 

Last July, Allison shared a bit of joyful news:

"Today, his name is David. In the Old Testament, David was a little guy that no one, even his family, saw as having value. But God did. He was scrawny, but God had a tender heart for David and did some pretty cool stuff through him. No longer will he be called Kokoben. No longer simply labeled as crippled and useless. He is a child of God. He is David."

Slowly, but surely, David's joyus personality has started to emerge. First, it was just a teeny smile. This then grew into big smiles, and deep belly laughs. 

Allison was able to give a supply of cloth diapers to David, and she's been checking in with him and his new mother frequently. She recently shared this fun update: 

"What a great thing to walk into David's house and see him smiling. His mommy is doing such a good job with him. They even had some extra food - a small bag of rice, some tomatoes, and garlic - sitting on the table. David is healthy, he's happy, he's attached to his mommy. Makes my heart full.

Little things are big things. We may not be able to change the world, but little things can change one person's world. Let's do those little things this week, friends". ~ Allison

Thanks for helping David! 

~ Stephanie

 

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Mar 29, 2018

Down not out

The wildfires in California have left a wake of destruction and death that people weren’t expecting. We forget that even in the United States, when a disaster strikes, it can turn peoples’ lives upside down. 

Cara, who lives in California, lost her home but her family luckily has a found an apartment to live in. With rent for the apartment more than the mortgage for her home, practical items like food and diapers seem even more precious.

Still even with the loss of her home and possessions, Cara maintains a positive outlook on things. As she said, even though the apartment is costly, her family was lucky to find it. Additionally, with the donation of diapers from Jake’s Diapers, Cara was able to put more money towards food, daycare, and other bills.

Diapering children continues to be a huge issue in the world and that includes here in the United States. When a disaster like the wildfires hits, it doesn’t take long to realize just how important things like diapers are.

California is struggling right now, but thanks to you, more babies are staying clean, dry, and healthy as families recover & rebuild. If you have any questions or want to hear more, please don’t hesitate to contact me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Thanks for helping babies!

~ Stephanie

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Mar 23, 2018

The Diaper Distributions Have Begun!

Today is a great day! Thanks to you, 30 cloth diaper kits are now being distributed to refugee families through our partner agency the Diaper Bank of  Southern Arizona. 

Leslie, at the Diaper Bank of  Southern Arizona, shares with us the following: 

I am thinking about you and Jake's Diapers just now, because the first of the 30 cloth diaper starter kits are going out to their new homes tomorrow! After completing the survey phase, and the workshop phase, we are officially into the Pilot Project phase {These diaper kits are part of a study with the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology  to ascertain the interest of families in trying cloth diapering, and to learn how to best support these families in incorporating cloth diapering into their lives}. Over the next couple of weeks, 30 very eager families will receive a kit, and 6-months of follow-up meetings, AND ( the best part!) an opportunity to experience NOT running out of diapers!

Thanks to you and your donors for your support and making this possible! ~ Leslie

 

Thanks for helping babies! 

~ Stephanie

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