….. the toll of malnourishment is severe in Ethiopia! She came too late…. our hearts ached as we had to inform little Bertukwan’s family that we could not ‘save’ her! On Sunday morning she quietly released her last breath and we trust that she went to be with the Lord, free from this suffering and pain. CCC organized the funeral and called on the family to come get her remains for burial.
As the gate closed behind this family, a desperate father walked through the entry gate, with this little bundle in his arms – her mother passed away after her birth and he cannot care for the 5 siblings waiting at home – as well as this newborn…… my heart bounced, for a moment, I just wanted to ask the Lord for time……just a little space between life and death, but this is the true reality of life here! CCC rescued this little one, with the police asking if we would please come to a nearby village to help with another infant who was left in an empty hotel room……
Lingering over open graves, are not possible here, there simply is not time – we rejoice in the compassion of a family member who would not allow a newborn to die – CCC values these moments, but oh, so many so constantly!
We need the larger Children’s Home desperately!
Two donkeys just delivered the first water for the day to the Soddo Children’s Home where we now host 28 orphans. We normally have 3 donkeys making 6-8 trips per day to bring water from the river nearby. Today, we were informed that even the river is running low and the water boy could not use the 3rd donkey
The blue containers are filled for cooking so that the children have drinking water and the cooks have water for cooking
It is dry season, the days are hot – everyone is suppose to drink more water than usual, but the cooks need to boil the water first for drinking, the one purifier is not enough as well. We are nervous and unsure about where the next water would come from. The owner just gave us permission to drill a well on this small compound, but then the well drillers are now increasing their prices, which makes a well so very expensive! It will however solve the problem for the next few months while we build WV-children’s Home. The situation is difficult – I had to encourage the staff and especially the nannies, who have to keep the children clean and healthy. After a while of encouraging the staff, one management member turned to me and said: “we will appreciate the comfort of WV soon…….”
My first thoughts were that simply need the funds to dig the foundation! The Construction Person is ready to go, we are just finalizing the building permit and then we can break ground……! There is excitement in the air, but the reality of how to care for 28 orphans, is a tremendous stress on the staff as well. The Regional Government made a surprise visit last week, but only visited the In-Country-Home and they were so impressed with the work of Children’s Cross Connection. They are focussing on the health and hygiene of Orphanages and without water, this may soon be a serious problem!
Please pray for us as we try to overcome the stresses of not having enough water!
Here, Mark and Sidney (CCC-WV-Construction Manager) just purchased their second Dik-Dik (a little female) who arrived quite distraught, with a few injuries to her neck and tail. It is their desire to create a peaceful home with these local antelope (smallest of its kind). It has been a little bit of a struggle for them to feed these little ones, because the arrived as babies – unsure about their mothers, but Sidney (who is a passionate animal lover) has quickly mastered assessing their needs and has been feeding them infant formula, but the regular feeds did not fill them, so we brainstormed about the possibility of MITTIN…….?
IZA (bigger Dik-Dik) is growing well, but he is a “Mamma’s boy” – follows Sidney as she plays with them through their garden and responds to her call. These Dik-Diks truly make wonderful pets!
Three weeks later, a mixture of MITTIN and formula is showing marvelous results! A larger bottle is required since the babe is now stronger, after she gulps down her wonder mixture with great joy, she follows Sidney to the front door where………
……… her veggies awaits! Quite the ‘lodge’ to live at! We delight in watching these little animals grow! They are not the snuggly kind, but tame now and a hopeful moment in the midst of all the sadness here.
She is a little bit more independent than her male friend, but Sidney knows just how to call her to come eat! Sidney thought that the larger male has been weened by now, but oh, he regressed! He loves drinking his bottles and eagerly waits for the second one!
So, just reporting that MITTIN may now also be considered for your pets……! Hmmm, what next?
Blessings to you as we share in the joy of dear friends and all that we bring into each other’s lives!