This is Melene. She is 5 years old and has a twin sister. There are 6 other children not counting the twins. So the mother has 8 children to take care for. Melene has been behind in gaining weight for several years. It has caught up to her and this makes the third time she has had the swelling with Kwashiorkor. Notice her fussy blond hair, another sign of malnutrition. She weighs 24 pounds.
This little boy, Sonjil, is 2 1/2 years old. His father and mother work in the gardens all day. They left a cousin that is 13 to take care of him. She became very sick and was suffering from malnurition. She has been in the RC for about a month as is recovering. So while she has been here, no one has been with Sonjil to take care of him. His dad was very upset and worried. We decided to admit him. He has been having a difficult time just breathing and living. This is the 5th time he has suffer with a round of being swollen like this. Pray for him.
Nagemene’s brother is in the RC. His name is Begendy. He has been on the list to go home for a few weeks. There father came and brought his sister, Nagemene. Their mother is sick. She is unable to care for the kids and cannot work in the gardens right now. Begendy went home on Tuesday. Nagemene was admitted on Tuesday. The have one other child that lives at home. They have lost two children to kwashiorkor, one of which died in the RC a few years ago.
Remember to check out the Inspired to Action blog today to read about an orphange in Africa.
Today’s Inspiration comes from the first chapter of the book of James:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.