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 

Dec 24, 2018

Finding Home

She traveled from around the world with her family of eight, seeking a safe place to raise her children. The family had lived in a refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo for many years; when they left, her youngest was just eight months old.

The family’s final destination would be a community in Pima County, Southern Arizona, a region in the northernmost section of the Sonoran Desert. Many indigenous families live here, and it is a popular place for refugee families from Africa and the Middle East. This in part because of the weather and the affordable cost of living, said Leslie, at our Diaper Drop the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona.

The area, however, is also riddled with hardship: 1 in 3 children in Pima County are living in poverty; families not living in poverty most often live paycheck to paycheck.

“It’s notoriously hot for 6 months of the year, our winters are temperate,” Leslie said. “The climate ... attracts families who struggle economically. You can survive a winter here, even if you cannot afford heating, or are homeless.”

The Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona currently serves Pima and 9 other surrounding counties. It works in partnership with the University of Arizona's Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology (BARA) on providing resources to such families, tracking the impact and collecting recipient feedback, Leslie said. Through this partnership and with the help of Jake’s Diapers, the diaper bank launched a pilot program to provide cloth diaper kits to interested families, providing a sustainable solution to families who struggle with chronic diaper shortage.

The refugee resettlement process is a stressful time for mothers, Leslie said. Within just 3 to 6 months, refugees must become financially self-sufficient, an especially difficult task for parents balancing both their own and their children’s needs.

“Meeting the needs of your child during the resettlement process can be an emotional experience because there are few choices parents get to make on behalf of their children’s material needs,” Leslie said. “This is because clothing, diapers and other necessities are donated to them or bought for them through the government. Until recently, refugee parents had to use disposable diapers because there was no cloth option provided to them.”

With the donation of cloth diaper kits from Jake’s Diapers, the diaper bank was able to immediately provide cloth kits to families in starting its pilot program with BARA, Leslie said.

Jake’s Diapers’ continued support has made it possible to carry on with the pilot with BARA, include more families in the research, and develop a strategy for the development of a cloth distribution program.

More than 40 families have been using the kits, she said, and have been reporting economic relief, and a significant reduction in family stress, as they are never OUT of diapers. The mother who traveled with her children from that refugee camp in the Democratic Republic of Congo had only used cloth diapers, and revealed obvious relief with the donation.

“When she was given the cloth diaper kit, her eyes brimmed with tears, noting how ‘beautiful’ her new cloth kit was,” according to BARA researchers. “She was overjoyed that her baby could be kept in cloth diapers. She was holding her baby and smiling as she walked away with her new cloth kit.”

Thanks for helping families!

~ Stephanie

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Dec 18, 2018

Anabel's Story

Anabel
Anabel

Anabel is a sweet 2 1/2 year old who lives within sight of Fuego Volcano, just west of Antigua, Guatemala. She and her family live in a place that was heavily hit by Fuego Volcano's devastating and deadly eruption on June 3rd. The land they once grew food on is now barren: scorched and rendered barren by the volcano's heat and ash. 

Anabel's family lives in extreme poverty, and her mother can't afford medicine nor food for Anabel. They also lack access to clean water. All of these factors combined have led to Anabel experiencing malnutrition. 

On October 26th Anabel was admitted to Casa Jackson Hospital for Malnourished Children. She weighed 17 lbs at 2 1/2 years old, and was unable to stomach food. 

After over a month of inpatient care, Anabel has experienced life-saving care. She has finally made it to the 20 lb mark! She is happy, and adjusting to food well. 

Thanks to you, we've been providing cloth diapers to Casa Jackson for both inpatient and outpatient use. This means an ample supply of diapers to keep Anabel and other kids just like her clean, dry, and healthy. 

Thank you for the hope, joy, and dignity you bring. 

 
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