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Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin

by ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization
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Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin
Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin
Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin
Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin
Nurse me: milk powder for malnourished kids, Benin

Dear Donors,
The situation in Benin begins to worry; in a week, the actual registered cases have reached 90 and the authorities do not declare the place where the new infections occur. The lockdown continues throughout the country with the ban on gatherings, markets, religious ceremonies and travels, except for the transport of goods.


From Monday, May 11, at the decision of the Council of Ministers, the schools reopened only for the exam classes. All other students will be back in class from August 10 to September 4 and the start of the new school year 2020-2021 is scheduled for September 28. As suspected, the resumption of lessons is causing several problems due to the difficulty of ensuring hygienic-sanitary safety measures and proper social distancing.


Our local project collaborators, Chiara, Saturnin and Leocadie, are concerned about the reopening of schools. The limited access to water and the scarcity of soap or disinfectants would put in great danger all students who, being unable to comply with the correct hygienic protocol, would risk becoming infected and spreading this terrible virus at home and among the villages.


In addition to this we have to consider the insufficient number of masks. The Beninese Government has distributed masks throughout the country, prohibiting the sale of any other type of mask. However, distribution has not reached all households and certainly cannot be a long-term solution. For the kindergartens and reception centres in which we operate there is a problem: the children of the school “Petits Anges" in Natitingou are used to sleep on the mats, one next to each other and it will be impossible to guarantee the social distance in this situation.
For now, the children we follow with the Project “Mi allatti tu” are fine, but prices are increasing, and the delivery of milk powder is increasingly difficult. Aleimar is working to help the different centres and communities with the distribution of prevention devices and to ensure support for all children. In this delicate situation your help is even more important because only together can we try to stop this virus and limit the dramatic effects in this country.

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On novembrer 2019, Antonella, one of our project managers, was in Benin to check on our kids and to bring to our nutritional centers the thing they need the most: milk powder.

Thanks also to your generosity, this time we managed to bring with us 1000€ worth of this precious powder that were distributed among our 4 centers in Abomey, Perma, Natitingou and Boukoumbè. With this we helped more than 130 babies!

Milk powder is essential to help undernourished children to recover, but this isn't the only reason why it is important.

Breast milk, infact, can be the carrier of the HIV virus, which is sadly quite spread here.

This means that for many mothers it is impossible to breastfeed without transmitting the virus to their children.

To have milk powder means, for all of theese children, to have a chace to live.

That's why your support for this project means not only giving milk, but litteraly saving lives!

So Thank you, dear friend, for all the lives you saved!

 

We hope you'll continue to support our effort to save the lives of many children.

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Milk powder and our kids
Milk powder and our kids

Our project managers will be leaving in some weeks for their trip to Benin!

They will of course make a stop in the regions of Zou and Atacora, where Aleimar is managing the project ‘Nurse me’. The managers are going to monitor the project as well as distribute milk powder and other staples.

 

In the meanwhile, what is going on in the Hospital of Tanguieta and in the three accomodation centres?

Holidays are over and kids are finally coming back!

Stephanie is coming back too!

 

Stephanie is a lovely 5 years-old girl, hosted in our Natitingou centre.

She arrived in our centre only few months old: her mother died in childbirth, her dad is a nomadic herdsman. She was in desperate conditions, sick and undernourished, weighting 2,5kg only, with the doctors saying she had next to zero hope.

Love, care, attention and milk powder worked wonders.

5 years later, Stephanie is a wonderful kid. Vibrant, lively, tall and beautiful. Nice with everyone. A good and hardworking student, as well as a great friend.

For the first years of her staying at the centre, she was nearly abandoned by her family. But right when our hopes were running aground, her dad begun visiting her regularly. What a joy to see Stephanie jumping into his arms. Seeing the father and the daughter playing and cuddling each other really makes us hope that soon the he will welcome Stephanie back, and that they will become a family again.

 

Stephanie was rescued thanks to the project ‘Nurse me’, but there are many other kids experiencing the same, if not worst, condition. Much is still be done to fight malnutrition in Benin and save innocents babies like Stephanie from hunger.

By supporting and donating to ‘Nurse me’ you can really make a difference. You can do it here

Stephanie, her first year at the centre
Stephanie, her first year at the centre
Stephanie, now
Stephanie, now

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Good news for our children: holidays have just begun!

Many orphans are going to go back home and see and visit their parents and relatives – they can’t wait! However, the youngest ones who need to be looked after 24/7 are going to stay with nuns and “mamas” for their security.

The reception centers will be up and fully running by September immediately after the end of the rainy season. This period is rich in fruit and vegetables – nothing better than that for our centres, where nuns and “mamas” can more easily make up for food shortages likely to happened in the dry season.

We’ve already starting raising new funds to provide our children and babies at Tanguieta Hospital in Zou and Atacora regions with milk powder and food supplies. As soon as a sufficient amount is reached, it’ll be distributed to our three centres. A monitoring and distributing trip has been already scheduled in November. Crossed fingers!

Thanks a lot for your awesome support – these children, our local and Italian operators and us are really grateful for your thoughtful help! Much must still be done to fight malnutrition in Benin and save innocents babies from hunger, but any effort is worthy if made together!

Thank you again thousands of times!

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First of all, we would like to thank you all for the great support you gave us during the Little by Little campaign. Thanks to your commitment, the result has been even greater than we expected!

We also have important updates from the Nurse me project. In March, our Country Manager Antonella went on a monitoring trip to Benin. She visited all the centres in which the Nurse me project is active, in order to bring there the powder milk for the children. Antonella told us that the visiting moments are always full of joy! Besides supporting the milk powder supply, in these centres children’s health is constantly monitored through medical check-ups. It is always emotional to see every year those children growing up and getting healthier.

We are so grateful for all the effort you have done and that we are sure you will continue to carry forward. Without you these great achievements would be impossible!

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ALEIMAR - Voluntary Organization

Location: Melzo - Italy
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Francesca Moratti
Melzo, Italy

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