|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: SEPTEMBER 19, 2020
EVA SHOWING OFF HER HOME SKILLS
Eva, the first child we took into our family in 2000, is now 22 years old. (Yeap, I just completed 20 years in Balama!) Two year old Eva and her Grandmother came to us because Eva was suffering from 6 major seizures DAILY due to Cerebral Palsy. Long story, short, the doctors that saw her at age 2 told us she would most likely be unable to walk, speak, or take care of herself. SURPRISE!
Eva pounding whole corn into corn flour.
She is NOW DOING ALL 3 AND caring for her grandmother, as well! Passing by her home this week, I found Eva “pillaring” (hand pounding corn into flour). Don’t be fooled, that “pounding pole” weighs about 15 lbs (7 kg).
Eva shows how it’s done in this video!
Yes, Eva is mentally slow and walks with a funny gait, but with her Grandmother’s patient teaching, Eva has proven that she can be a useful helper around the house. She runs, sings, and speaks part of 3 languages! NEVER SAY NEVER WHERE GOD IS CONCERNED!
REMOTE VILLAGE ORPHANS RECEIVING YOUR GIFTS
This week, we completed all 5 remote village food give-outs using strict guidelines to prevent any viral contamination. Balama is CV-19 free, and we hope to keep it that way.
Villages orphans and their foster mothers fetching food.
Each orphan family received 1 sack of corn, plus salt, 1 piece of soap, and 3 kg (6.6 lbs) of dried beans/person.
THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT POSSIBLE TO CONTINUE HELPING THESE CHILDREN STAY STRONG AND HEALTHY.
BUILDING A LOCAL TOILET AND BATHING AREA
The 4 high school students participating in our Life Skills training, are hard at work today, building a bathroom for 5 young teenage orphans who will enter our program in about 10 days. I’ll tell you more about this “child headed household” in next week’s blog.
Our boys, Alferes, Helder, Samuel, and Izebio started their day by marking out, and then digging post holes for the bathroom. The boys then walked to a nearby neighbor and bought 5 bundles of grass for the bathroom walls. Carrying the grass bundles on their heads makes them look like a “grass train” as they walk one behind the other.
Grass train headed to our newest mud brick home.
Once the fence posts were in, the 12 foot/4 meter long bamboo rods must be split as they will support the grass walls. Izebio knew how to split bamboo, so we had him show the other 3 how to do it. Life Skills is all about “teaching one to teach one”.
Students mounting the grass walls on bathing area.
These split bamboos are then tied onto the fence posts with strong “cords” cut from old tires. The grass walls are secured in place by a 2nd piece of split bamboo on the outside of the grass to “sandwich” it into place. Every house needs a bathroom, making this a vital part of House Building 101.
Teen team with completed grass bathroom with BBC member, Cabral as instructor. (middle, back row)
Our young teens are growing into men, all because YOU GAVE so that they could have a better future. It takes more than academics to make a well-rounded citizen in this country. Without the basics of “making a home from local materials”, where will they live?
UNTIL NEXT WEEK, MY FRIENDS. KEEP YOUR PRAYERS FLOWING OUR WAY.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF