|FROM “BUSH BUNNY BRENDA“|
DATE: SEPTEMBER 2, 2023
REPAIRING WATER WELLS KEEPS VILLAGES HEALTHY
Yes, we are still repairing/maintaining water wells in the villages of Balama and Meluco Districts as needed. We have never stopped doing this project, as no clean water means death to many and thus more orphans. Due to limited space in my blog, I haven’t reported each time we repaired a well. I will do a better job in the future, as Water Well Maintenance will always be an integral part of our program as long as we have the parts needed. Manel and his team repaired the water well at the Mango Tree church on Friday after the main pump parts wore out over the last 2 years use.
The children living near the Mango Tree Church are thrilled that they have clean water again
CRECENCIO FINDS HIS BALANCE!
Crecencio, 20 months old, is finally walking independently after several setbacks caused by a heavy infestation of intestinal worms and hidden malaria. This little man has struggled to catch up with his larger twin sister, Crecencia, who runs and plays effortlessly with the other toddlers. Thank you for your prayers for Crecencio.
Crecencio walking independently after several setbacks
My respect has deepened for the Foster Mothers as they spent many an hour doing physical therapy exercises with Crecencio to help him gain leg strength. His intestinal worms blocked him from absorbing the high protein meals we provided for him. He had been dewormed when he came to live with us, but it seems the one treatment wasn’t enough. Our Doctor of Nutrition at the hospital ordered a 2nd dose given, which cleared up his problem. Once he overcame that and the hidden malaria, he began to gain weight and strength. We are all very proud of his progress, and PTL that he is finally healthy!
ROOFING 50% COMPLETED, WITH TIN SHEETS GOING ON NEXT WEEK
A building that is 22 feet wide x 65 feet (7 meters X 20 meters) long makes for a BIG ROOF! Our 6‑man carpentry group teamed up with our brick layers this week to put in the 5 concrete pillars that anchor the 6‑foot veranda roof against high winds. The tin sheets will be nailed on this coming Monday and Tuesday, leaving only the final brick work to be done.
Carpenters and Brick Layers team up to put in 5 concrete pillars to anchor the roof
I am very pleased at how fast our team have been able to construct this 3‑bedroom home for our toddlers. Our goal of moving in by November, looks more and more like a reality for sure! All 25 of our infants and toddlers are growing fast, making this new home a very welcomed extension to our 2‑bedroom Ostrich House.
THE SEPTEMBER HEAT IS HERE
That is the only time our weather matches that of the northern Hemisphere. So this month we will “sweat it out” with our USA friends who have been suffering super-hot weather for the last 3 months.
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF