When babies come they come with a referral letter from social services in the area where they were found, a police report and a referral from a health care institution.
This time the area where the baby was found had been very pro-active and the social services had linked together with health and together they had investigated all the known pregnant women who had just delivered....they checked and they were informed that one lady was missing and through this we could figure out who the baby belonged to. The family was found eventhough the mother was missing from the area. The uncle of the mother acknowledged that the baby belonged to his family and currently we are negotiating with the family to take the baby. The uncle is willing but he wants to make sure that all the family is in agreement with this.
In the meantime we are caring for the little baby and she is doing very well.
We are pleased when we find family willing to take these baby into their family so that the baby will have a less psychologically traumatized future. Knowing where you come from and where you belong is so important for the well-being of a child and we are happy that we can assist both children and families in these matters.
We couldn't do this without your vital support and we thank you very much for this!
We were informed about a new abandoned baby who was taken to the local hospital. A new born little girl whom we named Nazareth. We immidiately assisted the hospital by sending clothes and baby formula so the baby would be fed properly.
The little girl had been found on the day after her birth. The police and the health center had already done an intensive investigation as they had called all the pregnant women of that area to see who was there and if they were with their baby. One lady was missing and so we got a name of a prospective mother. We know that this lady had a mentally unstable mother and she had asked several times to her grandparents if they would give her a room for delivery but they had refused her. So she finally went to the nearest town and currently the police is searching for her there. We hope that we will find the mother and that we will be able to re-unify her with her baby and assist her so that they both will have a future. This would be the best possible outcome for both mother and baby.
In the meantime we love the little baby and care for her in the best possible way.
Thank you to much for making it possible to care for these precious little babies. It is so important that we can supply them with baby formula and your assistance makes this possible!
A phonecall from social services informed us that there was a fourteen year old girl who had delivered a baby as a result of incest.
The family was in crisis and both the lives of the mother and her baby were at risk. Our social worker went to check on the situation.
The girl had been abused by her father who was divorced from her mother but would visit the house occassonally. After the delivery the girl tried to kill herself as often the victim gets blamed. The mother of the girl was with her in the hospital and didn't know what to do with the situaion. Often they react emotionally and they want to get rid of the problem/evidence by abandoning or sometimes even killing the baby.
We managed to counsel this hurting family and the girl with her baby was admitted into our residential carefacillity, Grace VIllage.
The mother of the girl has gone back home to make sure that the police will pursue the arrest of the father of the baby . For now he is on the run but she is determined to bring him to justice.
This is our fourth mother and baby coming and it is amazing to see that the three mothers who have been with us a bit longer rallied around the newcomer and made her feel at home, they shared their stories with her and made her feel loved and welcome.
At the same time our residential children came and included this girl with her baby into the Grace VIllage family. She felt welcomed and not judged and slowly a smile appeared on her face. She is now caring for her little baby and at the same time playing with the other children..... healing has started to take place.
We thank you for helping us to prevent babies from being abandoned and helping the hurting families! With your assistance we can provide a safe place for these mothers and babies and help them to get back on their feet.
We got a phone call from social services to inform us that a baby girl had been find. She was around 6 days old and was found under a bridge just outside our town. A passerby had heard the cries of a baby just before sunset. He quickly got some bystanders to guard the baby from the dogs who were roaming around in the area and he ran off to get the police. The baby was taken to the local hospital whom we supplied quickly with baby formula and clothes to make sure the baby got the best possible care from the beginning.
The baby was healthy and seemed to be well cared for. After all the paperwork was finalized we brought her to Grace Village where she was lovingly welcomed by the caregivers.
Intensive tracing activities have been started to see if we can find the mother or relatives. As the baby was for six days with the mother we think that some sort of crisis may have happened after which the mother saw now other solution than to abandon her presious little baby. We would love to help keep the mother and the baby together.
In the meantime we have named the baby Eldana, which means gift from God, and are lovingly caring for her.
Thank you being a partner with us, your gift has helped us to care for this little baby in the best possible way.You are important to us and we hope you will continue to help us in caring for the abandoned babies.
Baby Nardos came to us as a baby from a mentally disturbed mother. The mother had delivered the baby in the health center but she managed to throw the baby on the floor in an attempt to kill her. This resulted in a fractured skull. She spent a few days in the hospital and was sent to us. We took her for regular follow up for her skull as part of it was quite swollen. Unfortunately the local hospital was not able to do any investigation and they kept telling us that it would heal by itself. We were not convinced and we decided that we owe it to this darling little baby to make sure that things are okay and no complications will develop in the future. So we took her to Addis Ababa and had her checked. It was discovered that things were not okay at all. The fracture was big, part of the bone was growing inside towards her brain and a cyst had formed on top of the fracture. An urgent operation was recommended. During the operation it was discovered that the layer which covered the brain was thorn, this was repaired, the ingrowing bone was corrected and the cyst removed. Unfortunately the fractured skull could not be repaired at this point and will have to be done when she is around two years old. Nardos is an incredible baby, she kept her beautiful smile and stole the hearts of doctors and nurses. We will continue to fight for our most vulnerable, innocent little children as they are the future. We are incredibly thankful for all our donors around the world who have supported us in this, we couldn't have done this without your help.
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