This is Rosena. She has been in the RC a total of three times now. She lives a four to five hour walk from the clinic. Her mother died when she was a newborn. Her father raised her from birth, which is in itself is a miracle. Rosena parents had a total of 10 children together. Of those 10 children 4 have died. One died in the RC several years ago, two others died at 2 and 3 years old with fever and diar, another was in the RC went back home got sick again with Kwashiorkor and died at his house. When I asked why they did not bring him down they told me he was so swollen they could not pick him up.
Rosena has been here this time since May of 07. I was planning to send her home for summer vacation. When I asked her dad to come and get her I learned that he is very ill and near death. Rosena is very upset and does not know what to do. She wants to see her dad before he dies. We saw one of her aunts today, she is willing to come down next week and take Rosena up to see her dad. Her dad sent word down to me to tell me that he cannot take her back and that he is dying. He wants me to keep her and find her a home.
Rosena in Dec 2005 at 34 pounds
Rosena in 2006 (2nd time admitted) at 33 pounds
Rosena in 2007 (3rd time admitted) at 38 pounds
Rosena today at 65 pounds
Is is truely amazing to me that her weight can go from 38 to 65 pounds in 14 months time. She just needed to eat consistently to begin to grow. It is difficult to tell her age. Her BC says she is around 13. Her size is more like a 10 year old. She is very sweet and helpful to those around her. She is loving and cares about those in need. She listens to instructions and follows directions well. She is in first grade and just learning how to read and write. She needs a family that is willing to adopt and older child and help her. She has no mother, and might be without a father soon. If you have any questions or would like to adopt her please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can began the process for her soon. I would love to tell her father that we have found a family for her to ease his mind.