BABY NELITA RELEASED AND HOUSE # 6 IS NOW OPEN WITH 7 CHILDREN
Baby Nelita, released late Friday, January 10th, is now happily in her NEW HOME at House #6. Enjoying her high protein diet, Nelita is still on oral antibiotics for 5 more days, as her ear and respiratory infections have not totally resolved. Her weight gain should accelerate now that her body is more healthy, and her appetite has returned.
Nelita in her new home at House #6.
She is still anemic, with a weakened immune system, but on a liquid Iron supplement for infants as well as multi-vitamins. Being isolated from other young children until her immune levels increase, is of vital importance. Thus the move to the new bedroom at House #6.
PLEASE CONTINUE YOUR PRAYERS FOR THIS LITTLE ONE. IT WAS TRULY “TOUCH AND GO” FOR A FEW DAYS IN HOSPITAL, and there is NO DOUBT that your prayers helped her through those difficult days. We are still fighting to get her completely healthy, and laid hands on her for a rapid recovery once she was in her new bedroom yesterday.
Monday, due to Nelita’s delayed release, our staff moved Foster Mother Bendita and the 4 orphans in her care into House #6.
They were delighted and a bit overwhelmed, as they had never lived in a modern concrete home with REAL BEDS and MATTRESSES!
It took us 3 days due to heavy rains on Monday and Tuesday to set up the new bunk beds, wash the newly sewn bed sheets, set up mosquito nets, and get the kitchen fully operational.
House #6 residents Baby Nelita and foster mother Fatima, along with foster mother Bendita and her four orphans will be joined by a third foster mother, Maria, and two more childten this week. We are busy preparing those beds as I write. We will try to snap and share a complete family photo next week.
Foster mother Maria and her 2 new children. Belucha is 10 and in the 5th grade and Helder is 6 and in preschool.
GROUND BREAKING FOR HOUSE #7 BEGAN MONDAY
Our 12-man construction team made short work of moving Foster Mother Bendita and her 4 orphaned children into House #6 at 5 a.m. Monday. This was necessary so they could destroy the mud hut in which they lived so it can be replaced by House #7.
We temporarily left the house and bathroom roofs in place until the foundation is in place. That partially protects the foundation from heavy rains, and gives the workers a place to get out of the rain and the sun, when it decides to show its face. The 2 roofs will be torn down before the walls go up.
Foundation for House #7 almost completed.
RAINY SEASON FOUNDATIONS are a bit trickier to build compared to dry season foundations. Instead of digging out the WHOLE FOUNDATION at once, the team must dig a portion, and then fill it immediately with granite rock and cement, leaving space for the 8 rebar and cement “pillars” that will secure the cross walls. If today’s rain holds off, the team will complete the ground level foundation by noon.
ZITO WAITING FOR RSA DOCTOR’S RECOMMENDATION
Sadly, Zito’s infection is the dreaded PSEUDAMONIS AUREALIS BACTERIA. As an X‑ICU nurse, we use to joke that you can’t kill it with a stick, much less with antibiotics. RESISTANT TO MOST ANTIBIOTICS, we now wait for the Orthopedic Dr. in RSA to give us his recommendation on how to proceed. I’ll keep you updated as I know more.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR PRAYERS AS WE FAITHFULLY MARCH INTO 2020 WITH THE JOY OF THE LORD AS OUR STRENGTH!
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