ORPHANED DURING THE CYCLONE
Baby Nelita, a 6-month-old girl, was orphaned in a remote village on April 25th as Cyclone Kenneth hit northern Mozambique.
The rainfall was so intense for the following 4 days, that her 2 uncles could not bring her to the hospital to request assistance.
With the mother deceased from severe post-malaria anemia, the 2 uncles had no way to feed Nelita during the 4 days before they could get to Balama. With a non-stop crying baby, they walked into our mission station on April 29th.
Children’s Director, Anna, with Baby Nelita after her feeding.
Four days without milk made it a struggle to get Nelita to take a bottle. But Anna, our Children’s Director, has a way with babies. As soon as the infant was in her arms, she quieted and began to drink.
With the help of the 2 uncles and Social Services, Nelita has now joined our family, for there is no female family member left to raise her.
NALITA NEEDS A SPONSOR. $30/MONTH WILL PROVIDE ALL SHE NEEDS TO GROW UP A HEALTHY, HAPPY BABY IN OUR CARE.
MELUCO WAREHOUSE REPLACEMENT NEEDED IMMEDIATELY
With the massive food buying (500 TONS) only a month away, our MELUCO STAFF began clearing away the broken warehouse yesterday. A fast Texas-type “barn raising” is needed before June 1st.
Food for the 515 orphans in this strom-ravaged district is our main priority! With phone service restored in Meluco on Thursday, plans are now “in the works” to get everything ready for our carpentry team to raise a new warehouse.
MELUCO warehouse that needs urgent replacement.
BIG PROBLEM: 2 bridges were washed out on the Meluco road during Cyclone Kenneth. The bridges are scheduled for repairs next week. This means our truck with the building team and supplies cannot get to them until the week of the 13th.
The warehouse is in need of a complete rebuild that is estimated to take at least 8 days. That is cutting it close for food buying! Cost: $3,000 in materials and labor.
The church and guard house will be done in late June when food buying is complete. Estimated costs for roofing both of these mud brick buildings is $2,500.
Remains of Meluco church. Members will meet under a tree, Jesus style, until after food buying.
This year, ALL CORN will have to be purchased in Balama and transported to Meluco. Normally, we buy 40 tons of corn in Meluco, but this year what little those farmers could save is needed to support their families.
ERIC MAKES FINAL WATER PURIFICATION DROP FOR CYCLONE IDAI VICTIMS
Our thanks goes out to Eric Dry for taking the time to deliver the 24,000 packets, and to Vox International for providing the vehicle for this final trip. This is your cyclone donations at work.
Eric with 24,000 water purification packets.
Water purification packets for cyclone victims being loaded on the plane.
That’s it for this week, my friends.
Busy Bush Bunny is hopping at full speed to organize the broken warehouse, and food supplies needed for the Balama and Meluco orphans.
YOUR LOVE GIFTS ARE A TRUE BLESSING TO OVER 2,000 CHILDREN AND THE WIDOWS WHO CARE FOR THEM.
Bush Bunny Brenda Lange
And the wonderful Balama and Meluco staff members.