|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: OCTOBER 24, 2020
JOSEPH PROGRAM 2020 NOW COMPLETED!
The Joseph Program is the name the Lord gave me for our Village Food Distribution Program: Fill the barns in time of plenty and give out in the time of hunger.
Our staff has been busy doing just that since August 1, 2020. Orphans and widows assisted TOTALED 1,864 in Balama and Meluco Districts. The photos in today’s blog show us giving out the final sacks of food this last week to some of the widows and orphans, as the rainy season is upon us. Our team distributed TWICE to each child in October so that all could have food and seed for planting before the rains begin in November.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS MAKE THIS PROGRAM POSSIBLE! THANKS TO YOU, these 1,864 orphans and widows have full tummies AND the energy needed to plant their fields in November.
Our aim is to GIVE THEM A HAND UP, NOT A HAND OUT! Thus, food to help them gain strength, and seeds to plant so they are more self-sufficient.
Each widow caring for more than 3 orphans receives 60kg/132 lbs of corn.
These grannies are doing a great job of training up their grandchildren in the food-growing techniques they must learn in order to become successful farmers. Village populations depend on the parents passing on to their children these life-sustaining farming techniques. That “lifeline of information” is broken when the parents pass away, so who will teach them?
Grateful Granny receives food and soap for the 4 orphans in her care.
If you don’t grow it yourself around here, then you have nothing to eat. My hat goes off to these faithful, loving Grandmothers and Aunts who accept the responsibility to care for and train up their orphaned family members. It is NOT an easy process.
NOTE: The children who live with us are all given training in these same techniques by the Foster Mothers who care for them.
Widow receives life saving beans for her 3 orphaned grandchildren.
RESCUES CONTINUE WEEKLY
This week, Granny Aluina (Ah-loo-ee-nah) asked Social Services for food help as both parents of her 3 grandchildren are now deceased. The malnourished 6‑month-old baby boy, Maezinho (Ma-eh-zeen-you), was in dire need of milk formula, as the mother had never introduced him to baby food.
Alcina, 8, brother Alcino, 6, with Granny and baby Maezinha.
The 6‑year-old boy, Alcino, and his 8‑year-old sister, Alcina, are both thin, but nothing that 2 to 3 weeks of good meals wouldn’t fix. The father passed away last year before Maezinho was born. The mother passed away at home on Oct. 10th from an unknown illness as she didn’t seek medical help. Granny Aluina tried to manage the baby with the help of several village women who nursed him, but it clearly wasn’t enough. He refused to eat the local baby porridge, but is now eating the tastier Hypo Baby Porridge that we provide to infants.
I am very proud of Granny Aluina for seeking help BEFORE the situation for the infant became critical. THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS, Granny Aluina and her 3 grandchildren are all being cared for through our Balama Food and Infant Formula Program. EACH LOVE GIFT YOU SEND TRULY DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE. Know that all of us are most grateful for each of you, and that our staff prays for you each week.
ROOF ON ORPHAN HOUSE #7 IS COMPLETE!
This huge job took 9 days total with 6 carpenters, making it possible to COMPLETE THIS 4 BEDROOM HOUSE during the fast approaching rainy season. The finishing work will begin next week, so my “hope” is to open this orphan home by January, 2021.
Orphan Home #7. Roof completed.
Around here, we have learned that during the “rainy season”, you must be patient and take it one day at a time. But we will forge ahead as is possible, for our motto is to “never leave for tomorrow, what can be done today”. Our team WILL make it happen with God’s help.
THANK YOU TO THE SPONSORS OF THIS HOME WHOSE LOVING KINDNESS IS MAKING IT POSSIBLE FOR US TO HELP MORE CHILDREN IN NEED.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF