From: "Brenda Lange" Subject: BLOG, SEPTEMBER 7, 2013 Date: SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 7:16:44 AM CDT
MANY SMILING FACES THANKS TO YOUR LOVE GIFTS!
Melissa and one of the oldest widows at the Mango Tree Church.
Rollin, Rollin, Rollin! Get those trucks a rollin! The old “Rawhide” theme song was our team’s jingle these last 3 days as we carried 18.3 TONS of corn and beans to 433 hungry orphans and the 252 widows in 3 major areas of Balama District. We have never missed an August give out before, but many scheduling interruptions, caused the delay, making us all very unhappy. So once we found a 3 days spot, we loaded up both our big trucks and moved’em out!
Measuring the corn, while the croud from the seven Mango Tree Villages wait to hear their names called.
As you can see by the photos, there are many smiling faces, as it was great fun seeing all the familiar faces during this time of blessing those in need.
Bean distribution, with salt and soap being handed out in the background.
KWE KWE HAND OUT STILL TO COME NEXT WEEK Our largest single food hand out will be this Tuesday, Aug. 10th. These 9 villages are so spread out that we distribute 12.7 TONS of corn and beans in one morning at 2 main locations over 30 minutes drive apart. 447 children and 211 grandmothers who care for the children are served through this give out. This group is our most “vulnerable” since the orphans are mostly under 8 years old with many in the 3-5 age range. They received a food drop in late July, so this will be #2 for them. WE CAN’T THANK YOU ALL ENOUGH FOR MAKING THESE GIFTS POSSIBLE SO THAT THESE CHILDREN CAN HAVE A FUTURE.
THREE NEW BABIES ADMITTED TO OUR FORMULA PROGRAM this week with one of them looking like an emaciated female version of Dixon when he first came to us. I don’t have a photo of little Sara, as we were too busy trying to save her life. (she could barely suck a bottle she was so weak when we got her yesterday) Baby Sara was born Aug. 16 and never tasted milk until yesterday! How she survived the three weeks with only water in a baby bottle, only God knows. She was nothing more than loose skin over bones due to her severe weight loss. Her mother is only 15 and has severe mastitis in both breasts. Her husband is also very young. They were accompanied by the girl’s mother, who finally got them to bring the baby to us for help, and hoped it wasn’t too late. Grandma seems quite sharp and learned quickly how to mix the baby formula. Seems the young couple, who live in a small remote village about 6 miles away, didn’t know of our baby formula program, and thought the mother’s mastitis would go away on its own.
So it seems we have another little fighter on our hands for sure! The family went home after mother and baby were treated at the hospital yesterday. When they come in next Thursday for their formula, I’ll be able to snap a photo for you. Sara is quite cute for sure!
We’ve been told to expect company from Pemba Social Services this week, so keep us in prayer. All is ready, and we look forward to showing off our wonderful children and the great homes they live in, thanks to your generosity.
Blessings, Bush Bunny Brenda Melissa Olmesdahl And the Balama Staff
"Bush Bunny" Brenda Lange
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