|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: MARCH 4, 2023
DOUBLE THE FAMILY, DOUBLE THE NEED!
Aunt Angelica of Ntete Village suffered the loss of her sister this week, leaving her with 3 nephews to care for! Angelica has a husband and a young child of her own, but now must care for 3‑month-old Jesualdo, as well as Evandro, 2, and Edi, 6. That is a big burden to take on during the “time of hunger” as this year’s harvest is still 60 days down the road. THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS, Angelica’s additional family members will not go hungry.
Aunt Angelica with her 3 newly adopted sons
The food and formula these 3 need is available through our Infant Baby Formula and Food Assistance programs for orphans. I am happy that these 3 boys have an Aunt and Uncle who will raise them as their own sons. The additional food assistance your gifts provide for these 3 little ones, means they will receive proper nutrition at their new home. Otherwise, it would be NO MILK for the infant, and only starvation foods for the 2 little brothers. When we say that every dollar counts towards saving a life, we mean it!
OUR SCHOOL AGE CHILDREN GET IT TOGETHER!
It is hard to get our ever-growing family together now that school is in session. Every grade level has its own time schedule, so the only time the whole family is available is on a Saturday. With the children having their physicals last Saturday, I took advantage and quickly got them together for a family photo.
Our pre-school and school age children for 2023
I will do the same for our infants and toddlers when the weather is a bit less windy. We left all the infants at their homes until the last minute before their physicals, as the older children took over 5 hours to complete. I didn’t want the wee wittle ones out in the wind that long.
THE NEW “HEART TROB” OF OUR TODDLER HOUSE
CHEBANY had a rougher start in life than most infants. At 2 weeks of age, he suffered abandonment by his father WHILE IN HOSPITAL for severe anemia that needed an immediate transfusion, severe malnutrition, PLUS TB! I received a FRANTIC CALL from one of the women in our church early on Chebany’s 14th day of life, asking me to intervene. Chebany’s father told the hospital he was leaving Chebany with them and going home. I raced to the hospital, and Social Services met me there. With the infant in such critical condition, there was only 1 thing to do, ADMIT CHEBANY INTO OUR BABY HOME so we could take over his care.
Chebany’s mother died of TB (Tuberculosis) when Chebany was only 11 days old, having transmitted it to him via her cough. TB is rarely transmitted from an infant to another person as they don’t cough like adults do. The hospital enrolled him in the TB medication program as soon as it was diagnosed, and he recovered completely with only a few problems during his 12 months of medication. The TB stunted his weight gain a little bit, making Chebany small for his age, but he is a powerhouse on the playground! The little girls in our homes all love him, for he is quite the cutie!
GOD’S OVERCOMER, CHEBANY!
His nickname is ALEGRIA (JOY) due to his constant laughter and the big smile always on his lips. CHEBANY, NOW 26 MONTHS OLD, HOLDS A SPECIAL PLACE IN MY HEART FOR HE DEFINES WHAT IT MEANS TO BE AN OVERCOMER! When you’re having a bad day, remember Chebany’s story, for it will put a smile on YOUR FACE!
CHEBANY NEEDS A $30/MONTH SPONSOR. Please contact me via email if you would like to sponsor this very active little boy with the big smile and persistent heart.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF