This is Nachca and her mother. Nachca is 17 months old and weighs 14 pounds. Her mother, Yolande, was given away to a family as a slave child when she was young. She worked for the family for many years. She was never able to go to school only to work and take care of others. When she became a teenager her birth family came back and got her. They took her back to her village and told her she was going to be with a man they had picked for her. She was “placed” with this man and lived with him for several years. She has two children with him. The younger being Nachca. A few months ago he came home and told her she had lost too much weight and was to ugly to live at his house. He told her to get out and take the kids with her. She left and went back to her birth parents house. They were mad at her and said she did something wrong to make the man mad. They kicked her out and told her to leave. She had no place to go and returned to the house where she was a slave child at. They said they would not take her if she had kids. So she came to us for help. She only ask that I take Nachca for a few weeks for her. She told me “if you take her for me I can go to people’s house and mop their floors, they will give me a few cents for this and maybe I can find enough food to eat each day.” I admitted Nachca last week. I have not come up with a plan for Yolande. I plan to help her the best we can. She lives right here in Cazale.
This is Milien. He is 9 months old and weighs 10 pounds. He has a bad case of scabies and is malnourished.