Helping Babies in Haiti

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
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Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti
Helping Babies in Haiti

In Haiti, things can become desperate for children quickly. The country has a 62.8 child mortality rate, meaning 62.8 out of every 1,000 children under 5 die; compare that to 6.5 of every thousand in the United States (source: UNICEF)

Thankfully, independent organizations exist to work at improving the odds, incuding our partners at Real Hope for Haiti. RHFH runs a clinic and rescue center to support children with health complications and malnutrition issues. Jake's sends cloth diaper kits to support its operations.

The clinic recently coordinated a collaboration and sponsorship to save a little boy's life. Real Hope for Haiti shared the boy's story here

Tity is a 19 month old boy who came to clinic 3 weeks ago with edema involving his whole body, high fever and low oxygen. Turns out he was extremely anemic (hematocrit 10%) and had malaria. He needed a blood transfusion ASAP.

We talked to his mom about sending Tity to a hospital by ambulance for a blood transfusion. She said she needed to go home and talk to her husband first. So she left him at clinic.

He was placed on oxygen with good improvement in his oxygen saturation. He was also treated for malaria and the fever resolved.

Unfortunately, his mother did not come back. We were able to locate Tity’s father. However, he had no money to pay for a hospitalization. Blood transfusions are very difficult to arrange in Haiti. Fortunately, a hospital in Port au Prince said they could arrange for a transfusion AND the hospitalization would be sponsored.

So Tity was transferred via one of our clinic vehicles on portable oxygen to Cabaret, where he was then transferred to a Hero ambulance and taken to Bernard Mevs. He was hospitalized for several days, received multiple blood transfusions and then was transferred back to the Rescue Center.

His anemia had resolved. He was continued on treatment for the edema, which has now completely resolved. It is amazing how the pieces fell into place for this little one to receive the treatment he so desperately needed. Praise be to God!

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In his short life, Donlove has struggled on and off with extreme malnourishment. Here’s his story from Real Hope for Haiti:

Donlove was brought to the clinic by his mother. Donlove has been sick for over 6 months now. He went to live with his dad for several months and got better. Once he returned with his mother, he got sick again and began developing kwashiorkor again. In fact, this makes 5 times that he has been through a time like this. 

The family are farmers and grow beans, corn and bananas in their gardens. The family lives in a 2-room home made of clay, rocks and tin. They do not have running at their home or a flush toilet, not even an outhouse. They get their water from a source that is about a 2-hour walk from their home. The family traveled 3 hours by foot and motorcycle to arrive at the clinic. He was started on the F-75 therapeutic milk and then graduated to the medika mamba program.

Donlove loved cars and truck. Any time he was playing with them he was happy. He also enjoyed being outside on a scooter or bike.

Thank you to Real Hope for Haiti for nourishing Donlove during his times of need. RHFH is one of Jake’s Diapers longstanding Diaper Drop partners, and we’re happy to have helped kids like Donlove to health with our cloth diaper kits.

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Geraldine was abandoned in 2012 in the yard of the medical clinic at Real Hope for Haiti. She was very malnourished and sick when found, and had been neglected. 

Geraldine has severe disabilities and is unable to sit or stand on her own. She does not speak but does laugh a lot. 

She is generally a happy little girl unless she is hungry. She can roll over on her own and hold her head up if laying on her stomach. She has a good appetite and eats and drinks well. She loves mangos and juice. She enjoys being around other children and loves to listen to music or singing. Geraldine also enjoys being outside on a mat or sitting propped up in a bumbo seat.

She can see and does recognize faces and voices. She is very attached to her foster family. Even though she cannot speak when she hears a voice that she knows she will smile and react to them.

Her mom is very thankful for the special diapers that were provided for her, thanks to Jake’s. It helps her to keep Geraldine clean. She also likes the bag that they gave with the diapers, to help keep them in a place until she is able to wash them.

Little by Little, Gerladine was granted life with people who care. Thank you to our supporters who continue to allow us to send diapers to people in need.

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Caleb’s dad brought him to the clinic in search of infant formula for him. Caleb’s mother struggled with mental health problems, and eventually Caleb’s dad needed to work, so he left Caleb with his grandpa. Unfortunately, his grandpa was unable to care for him well and he became malnourished. 

Caleb lives in a 2 room home made of cinder block cement and tin with 6 family members. They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet but do have an outhouse. Besides being malnourished Caleb also has a cold and fever on and off. They traveled 1.5 hours by motorcycle to arrive at the clinic.

Caleb had bad diarrhea when he first came, so diapers from Jake’s helped to contain that for him and helped for other kids not to get sick.

“He always is happy and laughing,” Licia of Real Hope for Haiti says. “He loves his dad and is very happy when he visits.”

Caleb arrived at just 16 pounds but grew to 23 pounds as he regained his health. 

Little by Little, these kiddos get better. Together, we’re able to make that possible.

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“I really did not think she would live, but she did.”

Berline, born January 2018, was a patient at Real Hope for Haiti for 20 weeks. Licia Betor, director of the rescue center at the nonprofit, said the toddler was “very ill” when admitted to their center. 

“She had a lot of open wounds due to the malnutrition that were very painful,” Licia said. Berline weighed 18 pounds when admitted; at her lowest weight, Berline dropped to just 13 pounds. 

Berline’s mother died just weeks after she was born; her mother and father were not together at the time of the child’s birth. Berline’s mother’s family was upset that she was pregnant young and then died, and inevitably took Berline to her dad when she was just a few months old for him to care for her.

Berline had started at Real Hope for Haiti when she was just one month old, Licia said. Her father would come each month to get infant formula and she maintained a healthy weight for some time. When she was 8 months old, Berline’s father brought her to his parents house to be raised; but, he stopped returning for the monthly formula.

Berline began losing weight and started showing signs of kwashiorkor, a form of severe malnutrition which caused edema in her body.  

“It is a very difficult form of malnutrition to heal from,” Licia said. “She did not smile for a long time. She was in lots of pain and suffered much. When she began to heal, she enjoyed playing with the toys hanging in her bed. Then she began to let the nannies hold her more. … It took her weeks to even be able to sit up again on her own. Then she was able to stand with assistance. Next, she was walking on her own.  I think that was a very happy time for her to know she could walk again and begin to play.”

Real Hope for Haiti is one of Jake’s Diapers Diaper Drop partners, and our support allowed RHFH to better care for Berline.

“During her stay here, she was able to wear the diapers that were provided to us from Jakes diapers. These were helpful when she was sick to be able to contain her diarrhea for the staff,” Licia said. “ Having a nice clean diaper for the children is important for the nannies and the child as well.  Most children do not wear diapers in the village unless going to church, the doctor or someplace else besides their home.”

Berline regained her health and weight, clocking 22 pounds at the end of her stay in the rescue center.

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