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Empowering Mothers In Haiti

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti

We hear stories of tragedy, struggle, and loss. It may impact us for a moment but we’re able to cuddle back into our cozy lives and carry on with every day.

And while these stories can compel us to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering, there’s no stronger way to understand the need, than to see it first hand.

Nicki, Owner/CEO of Nicki’s Diapers, one of Jake’s Diapers most valued business partners, traveled along with Jake’s to visit Real Hope for Haiti, one of our Diaper Drop partners. She said while the country and people are beautiful, she was also moved by the difficult despair.

“I knew there was need. But seeing that need, holding that need, loving that need has made (the work we do) even more meaningful,” said Nicki. “I plan to go back and bring each of my children when they are teens. I feel like this experience can help shape their lives as they are making decisions about their futures. It will give them a better view of what matters and what is important.”

The group stayed at Real Hope for Haiti’s malnutrition clinic, an experience Nicki said was truly life-changing.

“I feel in love with the babies and children! I continue to think about them daily,” she said. “In a world full of wealth, how can we let the youngest and most vulnerable suffer unnecessarily?  Haitians are some of the most resilient people I have ever met and they are inspiring!”

Nicki expressed gratitude for the people behind Real Hope for Haiti and the difference they are making in the lives of those they serve.

“Real Hope for Haiti is a selfless organization that does more good than anyone realizes,” she said. “It was a joy to watch this kind of love in action and helped restore my faith in humankind.”

 

It’s a joy to introduce you to Big, one of the many babies we’re blessed to serve at our Diaper Drop Real Hope for Haiti. Thanks to you, Big and the other children at Real Hope for Haiti have an ample supply of diapers to stay clean, dry, and healthy.

Big’s mom died when he was 2 months old.  After his mom died he was being cared for by his grandma.  The dad had just been to visit him twice since the mom died. When his Dad visited him last summer, he was doing well. When he visited him again a month or so later, he found that Big was very sick. They decided that he needed to go to a hospital quickly, and Big and his dad traveled 4 hours by motorcycle and taxi to arrive at the clinic at Real Hope for Haiti. He was 10 months old and weighed 11 pounds when admitted. Over the past few months, Big has been staying in the Rescue Center, being treated for malnutrition. We’re excited to share that Big has now graduated from the Medika Mamba program, which means he has overcome his malnutrition. The picture above shows him now at graduation! What a happy, healthy little guy Big is! 

Thanks for helping Big! 

~ Stephanie

Carla
Carla

We've been providing diapers to the Rescue Center at Real Hope for Haiti for nearly six years now, and it's a joy to share with you children whose lives have been impacted by you. Here is Carla's story, as shared by Real Hope for Haiti. 

This lovely little lady became a part of RHFH in February 2016, when she was 18 months old.  She lived in the rescue center until April 2018.   She had recovered from malnutrition but was unable to return home to her family.  Last April, Carla was taken in by a foster family that is near and dear to our hearts.  We’d like to introduce you to them!

Pascal and Muralene Thelusma are Carla’s foster parents.  The couple met in 2009 when Muralene was attending school in her village. Pascal noticed her and wanted to meet her, so he waited for Muralene to get out of school and asked if he could walk her home.  He did this every day, walking her home and talking until they were in love and started a family together. 

Pascal and Muralene are both Christians and attend the Baptist church here in Cazale with their children.  Pascal began working for RHFH in 2015.  RHFH encouraged the couple to get married and Pascal says that he realized God wanted them to be married.  When he talked with his wife, she agreed but didn’t know how they could get married.  He told her that RHFH would help, and she was very happy. She is thankful and says that she feels a union with RHFH and prays that God will bless the mission. Pascal and Muralene were married in 2016.

Pascal and Muralene have two other daughters and are pregnant with another girl, due in April!  The girls are Atanaelle, 9 years old, and Angelica, 7 years old.  They both love Carla very much and are happy that she is their sister. 

Carla’s foster family wants you to know that she is very loving.  Whenever anyone leaves the house and returns, she often waits at the gate for them to return, and she always runs to great them.  She is confident and strong willed but listens to her dad!  She does very well in school and is very intelligent.  She has not begun to learn to read or write, but her favorite part of kindergarten is music.  She is constantly singing around the house and this makes the whole family happy. 

Carla lives in a four-room cement home with a tin roof.  They have a latrine and they bathe in the river, which is not far from the house.  They get their drinking water from a community faucet. 

Pascal and Muralene ask that you pray for Carla to grow and listen to the things that they teach her.  They pray that she will make good choices when she grows up, and that she will love God and want to stay in church. 

Carla and her foster family
Carla and her foster family
Carla
Carla's house
Chrislene
Chrislene

When a baby is born, we take particular care as we hold the small infant, supporting its neck as the young child is not strong enough yet to do so on its own. Generally, we know this will change over the first months of his or her life.

At 20 months old, however, this was something Chrislene struggled to do — her body devastated with severe dehydration and malnourishment.

The young girl was referred to Real Hope for Haiti’s inpatient malnutrition center at that time weighing only 15 pounds; the average weight of a 12-month-old is typically already 20 pounds. 

“When she first arrived she could not even hold her head up she was so weak”, Licia of Real Hope for Haiti said. “She was started in medications and an IV was placed for her. She remained weak for a few weeks and had to be fed through an NG tube. Once she began to feel better she began to eat and drink normally. She then was running all  over the center happy and content.”

Real Hope for Haiti is a Christian organization located in Cazale, Haiti, that serves through its medical clinic, cholera hospital, sponsorship programs, and an inpatient center to treat malnourished children. They are also one of Jake’s Diapers Diaper Drop partners.

“All of the children that are in the inpatient malnutrition program have been admitted by a family member,” Licia said.”We work with the family to help educate them on how to best care for their children. The goal is to keep the families together. Once the child has recovered and returned home they then return each month for a food box and a check-up.  We have cases where the parents have died or abandoned the child with other family members, we work with them to encourage them to care for the child as well. This could be an aunt, uncle grandma or grandpa.”

When it becomes obvious the family will not be caring for the child, he or she is placed in foster care. Real Hope for Haiti has 15 children that were abandoned at its gate or inside its yard currently placed in foster care.

Real Hope for Haiti relies on donations from Jake’s Diapers to support the children in these foster care programs.

“It has helped in our foster care program as special diapers were sent in for these kids,” Licia said. “It was hard for the moms to find large diapers for the special needs kids. This was a big blessing to them. It has also been helpful to the nannies in the inpatient care facility.  The color system has helped and the love that they do not have to find safety pins to secure the diapers. The love the snaps and that they can make the diaper fit to the child.”

Chrislene at arrival and after months of treatment
Chrislene at arrival and after months of treatment
At our Diaper Drop Children
At our Diaper Drop Children's Health Ministries

We provide diapers to babies. This sounds like a basic thing, but it goes so much deeper.

Our work creates a ripple effect in the lives of children whose caregivers are struggling to afford many basic needs among diapering. Often times, these are groups of people in unpredictable conditions living on the edge for a variety of reasons.

People we serve in Haiti are finally breathing sighs of relief after ongoing turmoil and deadly riots over controversial threats of fuel hikes that would be devastating to Haitians already living in poverty.

“Thank you for all your prayers over the past few days, friends,” reads a Facebook post from our Diaper Drop location at Children’s Health Ministries. “Haiti appears to be calm and stable today, we are hoping and praying we are through the worst of it.

Without access to transportation, fewer Haitians living in poverty feel able to travel to clinics and other places where life-saving resources are available. It becomes overly important for us to support these people and lessen financial burdens during difficult times: these people deserve equal access to basic necessities we all enjoy on a regular basis.

When those in poverty are barely able to afford food, it’s important that we continue to remove the need to buy diapers. Jake’s Diapers provides hope to these parents, with our mission to solve diaper need from birth to potty training. Cloth diapers create an affordable and long term way for parents to never worry about the cost of diapers again. Instead, they can focus on feeding a healthy, growing baby and planning for his or her future.

Today is GlobalGiving Bonus Day. All donations are matched today only, thanks to GlobalGiving. Every donation, no matter the size, adds up to big change for Moms in Haiti. 

Thank you for helping the people of Haiti through any up and downs - your support is seriously appreciated. I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions you have. I'd love to hear from you. 

~ Stephanie

 

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Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Kaukauna, WI United States
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