|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: APRIL 1, 2023
THIS IS NO APRIL FOOLS! TWO INFANTS JOINED OUR FAMILY THIS WEEK
BABY BOY, Almeda (baby number 20), 5 months old, came straight from the hospital to us on Monday after receiving treatment for malaria. His Granny was not feeding him properly before and during his hospital stay, even though we had provided all that was needed. The Malnutrition Doctor observed this and asked us to accept him into our program as he felt Granny couldn’t care for Almeda. The family didn’t object as they realized the baby would perish if left in Granny’s care. There was only an Uncle remaining in the family, making it a necessity that the infant come live with us.
Almeda is mildly anemic, but with a good high-protein diet and lots of love, this 5‑month-old little one will soon grow strong. He had not gained any weight in the last several months but managed 600 grams since coming to us this week. His current weight of 5.25kg/11.5 lbs. is a big improvement! A normal weight for 5 months is from 7 to 9 kg/15.4 to 20 lbs. Almeda now resides with our newest mother, Amina, in the Zebra House (House # 6).
Baby Almeda with Foster Mother Amina
BABY GIRL, Madelina (baby number 21), is just 2 months old. This little orphan was living with her elderly Granny who struggled to care for her.
Baby Madelina is very upset with her Granny
The mystery of 6 weeks of poor weight gain since this orphan joined our program was finally solved at Thursday’s weigh-in. A family member came with Granny and revealed that Madelina was being fed the 7 days of milk in 4 days and then was forced to survive on 3 days of sugarless Kool Aid! (Flavored chemical water)
With this starvation diet, it is a wonder the infant is still healthy! As I held Madelina while we sorted out the details of her staying with us, this tiny little thing consumed three bottles (2 ounces each) over the next 2 hours. I instructed her foster mother, Felicina, to feed her on demand but in small amounts, as 2 ounces is all she can tolerate right now.
MADELINA IS A SCREAMER!! Our foster mothers know that screaming and continuous crying causes an infant to burn calories and lose weight, which we are trying to avoid. Babies who have been starved often panic when they awaken and are hungry, fearing that no one will feed them. Their screams are acts of desperation. In a few days, Madelina will learn to trust Felicina by realizing the milk will keep coming. No need to panic!
Baby Madelina (2 months old) with Foster Mother Felicina.
BOTH THESE INFANTS NEED A SPONSOR, so get in on the fun of having a distant little one to pray for. Please email me if you would like to be a $40/month sponsor and tell me which infant you would like to assist.
When visiting the baby/toddler homes, I keep my phone camera ready, as the 14 toddlers living there are growing faster than weeds in a corn field!
FRANCIANO, 15 months old, came to us as a wee little infant, and HE JUST STARTED WALKING! See the cute video of him as we imagine him saying, “No help needed, I got this”!
Franciano doing his best to balance on a slightly slanted surface
QUISTON, now 3 years old, is terrified of cars. Why? He had health issues as an infant, and associates cars with going to the Doctor or even worse, the Hospital! This photo shows him finally trusting me (without crying) to take him to the pre-school in my King Cab. I want to teach him that car rides can go to fun places too, for he loves the swings at the pre-school playground!
Anselmina, his pre-school buddy, has no such fear, and loves to ride in the car. She has been a big help in getting Quiston to trust me and car rides.
Quiston and Anselmina in my King Cab. Their playground is just a few feet away at our Learning Center
OUR FAMILY IS INCREASING IN SIZE, AND WE THANK YOU FOR MAKING THESE SPECIAL MOMENTS POSSIBLE.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF