The recent formula shortage in the United States created a hardship for many families across the country. Product shortages in the United States created a domino effect for our facility in Haiti, where locating formula, especially dietary-specific items, is challenging during the best times. Much of our specialty formula comes from the United States; we ship it at a high expense. We've successfully managed to navigate the rising costs and dwindling supply through various measures. Our children receive quality nutrition specific to their needs even as sourcing these items becomes increasingly difficult. We've sourced formula from donors directly, sought out alternative sources in-country, and managed our existing stock effectively.
GLA experiences a lot of challenges when it comes to nutrition. Many children in our NICU space and our Creche program suffer from malnutrition. In most cases, breast milk is not available as an option for nutrition. GLA relies heavily on formula to provide for the early development of our children. Much physical and cognitive development occurs in the first two years of life and that growth is fueled by the amount and quality of nutrition a child receives.
Allergens and special cases dictate that specialty formula is also a factor for many of these children. Children at GLA often rebound quickly and recover from early setbacks when they receive quality nutrition matched with the appropriate formula. These specialty formulas allow GLA to offer hope for more children through a better start.
We are moving! Yes we are! We are not moving from the compound but we are moving the NICU to a different building in the compound. We want to have a better NICU where we will be impacting the lives of many families throughout Haiti.
We are making new moves and we want you to participate with us by donating and by supporting us on our social media to stay up-to-date with the new changes coming to GLA. This is why we have a Fix the Fort Campaign which entails the relocation of the NICU,Children’s playground repairs, Septic system overhaul, electricity/power overhaul,Vehicle repairs & replacement, kids cubbies for their houses.
GLA exists to provide exceptional medical care to each infant. Our goal is to relocate our NICU to an improved location to provide easy access for ambulances, while providing a safer environment for premature infants. This environment includes appropriate infection control measures, upgraded equipment, and a dedicated back-up generator for the facility. Most of the infants admitted to the NICU require oxygen, CPAP, IVs, or other specialized medical equipment requiring consistent, stable power. GLA started 25 years ago with one premature infant. We have cared for thousands of infants throughout the years, and are now entering a new chapter in our medical care. Please consider giving a gift that will go toward improvements, relocation, and upgraded equipment to help keep GLA in the fight alongside these infants and strive against the statistical tragedy of infant mortality in Haiti. These are all the areas that we need your support. Please go to our website to actively join our GLA team.
Many of us thought that getting out of the year 2020 would be the solution. We will always remember 2020 as the covid-19, social unrest, closures, the year of not getting anything done. The year that our jobs and lifestyles became more digital. We learned where the Wi-Fi had the strongest signal in our homes. We learned how to socialize via zoom and still keep in touch with our loved ones. Here we are now. People all over the world are still fighting against the pandemic. We are all doing our best despite the rising numbers of covid-19.
Haiti is also in a similar situation. We are in our second wave. We are not only fighting covid-19, we are also living in a period of political unrest. Haiti is in a state of level 4 Security Alert. This is affecting our daily lives. Since we live up in the mountains, many roads would be blocked because people are rioting. It makes it more difficult for us to have our supplies brought up to God’s Littlest Angels.Simple tasks like going to the supermarket to purchase milk has become a hassle. Despite all of these challenges, we are doing our best just like all of our GLA supporters.
Time waits for no one, now is the time for us to work together to have a better environment. Thank you for donating your time in the digital world to help us provide specialty formulas for our sweet babies. God is our provider and he has sent many of you to help us in our cause and projects.
"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus."Philippians 4:19.
2020 has not been the easiest year for people around the globe. We were in the midst of turmoil. The pandemic impacted everyone. People were losing their jobs and their lives due to covid-19. We had to adapt to our new way of life. Wearing masks, testing before traveling and working from home. In the midst of chaos, we were all grasping for hope. Hoping for a better future. God is and will always be one to give us hope at God’s littlest Angels.
“The Lord your God is in your midst, a mighty one who will save; he will rejoice over you with gladness; he will quiet you by his love; he will exult over you with loud singing.”
We are thankful because God helped us and he continues to help us daily. We are thankful to our sponsors and donors because in 2020 during a difficult year we were able to purchase baby formula. We were able to make sure that our babies are healthy and growing strong in God’s love. Every donation counts! Thank you to our sponsors and donors for supporting our babies in 2020 and for your continued support in this new year.
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