|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“
DATE: OCTOBER 10, 2020
FABULOUS FIVE MOVE INTO NEW HOME
Wednesday, the Fabulous Five Teenagers happily moved into their new home. Our staff helped them extend mosquito nets over their new beds, and get all their belongings moved to the new site. You can see many of the gifts 4 of the teens showed off on moving day.
New home, many gifts for Child Headed household.
Fourteen year old Fernando is not in the photo as he left early that a.m. to visit a friend, not realizing it was time to move them. Fernando returned late afternoon to find his old house deserted and everyone gone. Neighbors told him where to find his family. Shocked, he came to my house and apologized (rare occurrence around here) to me for not being around to help with the move. After 2 days, the Fabulous Five are well settled in and enjoying their new home.
THANK YOU TO THEIR MONTHLY SPONSOR, AS WELL AS THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED “start-up gifts” so these young adults could have the basic items needed to begin a much better life.
Dinha, the 17 year old “head of household”, seemed very relieved that Anna, our Children’s Director, lives so close by. Being responsible for 4 other teens is a BIG responsibility as many of you know.
THE NORM IN OUR LIVES
Each week we receive an average of 1 or 2 babies into our formula
program. New orphan children come in about twice a month because their Mom has died from some disease or during childbirth. CV-19 is not a problem in this area, PTL!
A widowed aunt with her 4 children and her sister’s 4 orphans. Your gifts truly make a difference in the lives of this family.
This week, Granny Assumia (Ah-soo-mia) reported to Social Services that she needed food help for her 2 orphaned Grandchildren. One year old Jonas and 3 year old Muamede (Moo-ah-med‑y) happily left wearing new clothes and carrying a bag full of food that your love gifts provided.
Granny Assumia holds 1 year old Jonas with 3 year old Muamede at her side.
The before and after photos are shown here. I wanted to show you the transformation that takes place when they put on new clothes. Don’t be fooled by the lack of smiles for in this culture, a smile means you are not taking the gift seriously. But know they were super happy for Muamede happily skipped off as his Granny headed them towards home.
Your gifts provide new clothes for these 2 little boys.
RAINY SEASON COMING EARLY.
The October food give-outs were completed today for more than 1,000 orphaned children in 22 remote villages. Due to dark clouds hovering over Balama all week with only midday sunshine, our staff “took God’s hint” knowing this means the rains will soon begin.
Food give-outs keeps orphans/grannies healthy.
November is seed give-out time, so our plan is not to wait, but push on with the final food distribution starting next Wednesday. If heavy rains hit before the 1st 2 weeks of November, we won’t be able to get to many of the villages as the roads are hard packed clay. Clay and water make for slippery mud roads which our trucks can’t negotiate. Even 4‑wheel-drive pickups struggle in some of the deeper mud holes.
But I am happy to announce that for the 1st time EVER, Balama has a paved road all the way through our town that connects it to other parts of the Province/State!Rainy season will no longer be a major challenge if we need to go to the Capital of Pemba between December and March.
BECAUSE YOU CARE, 1000’S OF CHILDREN NOW KNOW THAT JESUS LOVES THEM.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING THAT POSSIBLE.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF