FOOD DISTRIBUTIONS MOVING AT RAPID PACE
The hot and dry months are the “hunger months” in Mozambique, (September to November) as water is too scarce to grow anything but the smallest of gardens with left over water from dishes and washing clothes. Since the 2 cyclones hit earlier this year, the lost crops area is estimated to cover over 3,000 square miles (7,800 sq. km). UNICEF has identified and is working to alleviate malnutrition in 160,000+ children under 5 years of age who live in the 2 storm struck areas.
Granny and her 2 orphaned grandchildren receiving your love gifts.
The NORTHERN CYCLONE struck our area destroying many fields in the District of Meluco, where our program supports 515+ orphans.
THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS, we are able to prevent malnutrition in the 515+ Meluco orphans we support, which includes the Elephant Village.
Orphans looking on as bean ration is measured.
Manuel and his 2 man crew made 3 very gruelling 9-hour drives to Meluco this week, carrying a total of 13 TONS of life-saving corn for distribution. This next week they will do the October corn and bean distribution to secure the 115 orphans living in the Elephant Village until November. Their last load next week will be to take more corn to the Meluco warehouse for those 400 orphans.
3 older orphans came with granny to help carry their food
Over the last 5 days, Capena and his 9-man crew distributed 12.5 TONS of corn and beans to 577 orphans and widows in the Balama area. Lord, keep these trucks rolling!
AGAIN, THANK YOU FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE SO THAT VULNERABLE CHILDREN HAVE THE LIFE-SAVING FOOD THEY NEED.
ANNUAL FAMILY PHOTO OF OUR HAPPY RESIDENTS
Our family is growing as we now have 48 children in permanent residence. FOURTEEN of these children are under the age of 5, so it does keep our Foster Mothers hopping!
Our annual Balama ‘family photo’.
Keep the school-age children in prayer as they are in the final 2 months of this school year. Many will be taking final exams by end of October.
HOUSE #6 NEARLY FINISHED
The finishing work on all our orphans homes takes time.
Building concrete kitchen sinks, eating tables, clothes washing areas, bathrooms and the septic tanks that go with it all takes longer than raising the house walls. Our team completes 1 phase, then has to let the cement dry and “cure” before the next phase can be done. It is a tedious job, and time consuming.
Final phase is painting it all in bright colors.
But we are happy to announce that ALL cement work will be completed this coming week, leaving only the doors and widows to be mounted and screened before the inspectors can be invited to come. At this time, we have requested the inspectors come as soon as possible after the elections which take place in mid-October.
If all falls into place, we will be able to open house #6 in November. TWO Foster Mothers have been hired, and are now in training at our other foster homes. Four children are in waiting for this home, and are now living in a temporary house nearby with one of our foster mothers.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR MAKING THIS POSSIBLE!
BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL!
BUSH BUNNY BRENDA LANGE
AND THE BALAMA STAFF