Abraham's Oasis never knows when a telephone call will ring asking us to come and take a baby, nor do we know in what condition we will find the baby.
It may be a health centre or the social services that telephones requesting us to come and receive a baby found near the health facility, the market place, the bus station, in a field, near a river or the church. As the only childcare facilities in Northwestern Zone of Tigray there are no other options.
The four babies pictured below came in varying conditions, the twins were tiny premature infants dirty and still with their cors attached spent time in hospital and we sent our staff to care for them during the daytime hours as the hospital was short staffed. Supplies were needed, milk formula is imported from Europe and very costly, tender little bodies required soothing lotions to assuage dry and sometimes infected skin and all cost money. The two delightful little girls came in healthier condition and a few weeks older but still abandoned and needing our help.
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Twins.........found on the day they were born. Wrapped in a plastic bag, thrown away like rubbish. Born premature and underweight they had enough strength to cry. Their cries were heard and they were rescued and taken to the hospital. They needed oxygen and tube feeding and were kept in an incubator....They were hanging in there, but being in an African hospital in not an ideal place to be, there is a high risk for infections and if you are so little you may not survive an infection. We feared for their lives, especially when one turned yellow and we noticed that both were not putting on weight. The hospital ward was understaffed and had not time to sit down and feed the babies, for this reason we decided that we would assist the staff for the sake of the twins. We sent our staff on a daily basis to feed the little ones and soon they started to put on weight. They were 1kg upon arrivel and after one month in the hospital they weight 1.3 kg and eventhough they were still very weak the doctor decided that it would be better for them if they would leave the hospital.
Here we were with 2 little babies needing 2 hourly feeds, day and night.....but our staff and children embraced the new arrivals and with a lot of dedication and perseverance the can proudly say that they are currently above 3 kg and are thriving. The biggest miracle has been that they have not had any infection!
We have done intensive tracing for the mother or family but so far without any result. Maybe one day an Ethiopian family will come to adopt them so they can be part of a family. Till that time we will love and care for them.
Sadly this is not a stand-alone story, currently we care for 6 babies below one year old who were abandoned......we have a total of 27 children in our care of whom the majority has been abandoned over the past years. Prevention of malnutrition is an important intervention, even before babies are referred to us we want to make sure that the babies get formula from day one, so that at least we prevent malnutrition related problems later in life! As our experience has taught us,they have to deal with enough problems as it is later in life!
Your help in giving the best possible care for abandoned babies will make all the difference.
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