RECORD SETTING BABY DAY IN BALAMA
On Friday, January 8th, we received 10 new orphans in one day!
A rare occurrence and one we DO NOT want to see!
Receiving orphans means the children have lost their mothers. In this case, all 3 mothers died due to complications after childbirth.
This is the 2nd leading cause of orphaned children in Mozambique.
The number one killer is contaminated water.
That’s why our water well drilling program is so important.
The first mother had 6 children under age 10 and died having # 7.
The father abandoned all 7 children when the mother died after a C-section on January 5th.
Their only relatives are a grandmother and an uncle, who with our help, will care for the children.
The 3 day old baby girl was delivered by C-section in such a hurry that her scalp was cut in 2 places.
She is doing well & her head is healing nicely.
An hour later a family walked in with twin boys, 3 days old, who were also orphaned on Jan. 5th.
Our final arrival was a 2 month old baby girl carried in by her father who had walked 12 miles to get to us.
His wife also died on Jan. 5th, leaving their 4 lb. daughter without milk.
Her birth weight was only 3.8 lbs. and she weighs only 4 lbs at 2 months. It’s obvious her mother was very prescription medicine ill as her breast milk was not enough to support the growth of this little one.
As I held this feather light little girl, she guzzled 2 ounces of formula when I didn’t think her little tummy could hold that much!
It’s sad that these little ones must start their lives without knowing their mothers.
But JESUS loves them so much that he sent us to Balama 10 year ago to bring HIS LOVE to these little ones who would otherwise perish.
We are BLESSED to have such a loving creator.
Our milk program alone saves a minimum of 100 babies a year who would other wise die of starvation.
I hope to see most of you during my USA tour.
If you desire to write, please send your e-mail to Brenda@orphansunlimited.org
Love in Christ,
Bush Bunny Brenda
New Year happenings:
I’m only a week away from leaving Mozambique for my USA speaking tour, flying out Jan. 20th to arrive in Houston on 21st.
I’ll be releasing my speaking tour schedule next week for sure.
During Christmas & New Years we kept busy by planting over 3000 Jatropha trees.
The nuts from these trees are full of oil that can be made into bio diesel.
In three years, these little trees will be in full production. The oil from these nuts burns in normal kerosene lanterns, which is needed in all the villages to provide light.
Extracting the oil from these nuts will provide an income for our mission station as well as provide jobs for our grown orphans and the widows we support.
As we receive more cuttings, we will be encouraging the villagers to plant & produce the nuts.
This is one way of breaking the poverty chain in Mozambique.