|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: FEBRUARY 11, 2023
5 INFANTS RECEIVED YOUR HELPING HAND
On Thursdays, the infants in our milk formula program from all over the county/district come to our mission station to be checked, weighed, and given their milk formula and baby cereal. The following 5 infants all came to us this last Thursday.
FIRST was the 3‑week-old orphan, Joao, whom you read about 2 weeks ago. Joao’s Aunt has her own 6‑month-old baby, and it was obvious that baby Joao was not receiving the care he needed. He had consistently lost weight since his Aunt took over his care three weeks prior, AND he has had a low grade fever for several days which she did nothing about. It was time for action on Joao’s behalf. Capena, our office manager, took Joao and the Aunt straight to the hospital. Social Services was immediately notified, and they came right over to see the infant. They agreed that Joao needed care that the Aunt wasn’t able to provide. The Aunt grudgingly allowed the infant to be admitted into our family once Joao’s other family members agreed he should live with us.
Newest member of our family, Joao/John, just 1 month old with Foster Mother, Mariano.
SO WE HAVE 1‑MONTH-OLD JOAO NOW LIVING IN HOUSE NUMBER 6!
JOAO/JOHN needs a $40/month sponsor since he will stay permanently with us.
SECOND, the now 9‑day-old infant girl, Nelcia, who was admitted into the milk program as a 1‑day-old infant last week, is now very sick and unable to take a bottle. She was brought in with a mouth full of thrush (fungus), and an infected umbilical cord. BOTH are life threatening if not treated. She was admitted to the hospital, and our substitute mother, Mariamo, is assisting her. This story will continue as this little one fights for her life.
9‑day old Nelcia now in hospital for thrush and umbilical infections.
THIRD, Noon time: A PREMIE NAMED JANETA, WEIGHING 1 KG/2.2 LBS was brought to us. Her mother died after being transferred from the Balama Hospital to the Montepuez Regional Hospital due to her complicated premature labor.
Premature Janeta, 8‑days old. Sadly, the bottle is bigger than her 1kg/2.2lb. body.
This extremely fragile little girl could barely suck a bottle, so prayers are needed for her survival. She is in the care of her family, and her chances in this environment are not good.
AT 3 PM, I thought my workday was done, when in walks a couple with their TWO-DAY-OLD TWIN GIRLS! This family was sent by Social Services to our mission station because the mother has multiple abscesses on both breasts and cannot breast feed. These girls, Roselda and Rosa, both weighed in at 2.7 kg/5.9 lbs. each.
Twin girls receive 1st milk formula as Fatima, Assistant Children’s Director, teaches the mother how to prepare the bottle.
They should do very well if the parents are diligent in cleaning the bottles and using boiled water. Only time will tell.
Needless to say, my staff and I were EXHAUSTED by the end of this day!
But it was a happy tired, as we had helped 5 little lives, giving them a chance to survive.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS MAKE THIS POSSIBLE, AND FOR THAT MY ENTIRE STAFF SENDS THEIR THANKS!
SNEAKY SNAKE COMES CALLING
This very fat ADDER (Rattlesnake family but no rattle) was hiding in the tall grass that had grown up in a few days around our Moringa trees. The foster mothers use the very nutritious Moringa leaves in our children’s food, so it is necessary to keep the grass cut down in the rainy season so they can safely get to the trees. Due to multiple days with heavy rains, we were unable to keep the fast-growing grass under control, thus it was over 1.5 meters/5 feet tall by this last Friday.
Sneaky Snake met his match!
Sneaky Snake was enjoying his good hiding place in the grass as he searched out fat rats for his meals. We don’t mind him eating the rats, but because the ADDER is one of the biggest killers in all of Africa, his presence was unwanted. So, our men cutting the grass found him, making short work of this venomous killer.
PREPARING FOR PRE-SCHOOL
ON A HAPPY NOTE, toddlers Julio and Fatima are super happy as they get to start pre-school next week! Our original 13 infants are growing up fast!
Almost 3, Julio and Fatima start pre-school!
BLESSINGS, AND MUCH THANKS TO ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AND KINDNESS IN GIVING TO OUR PROGRAM.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF