I know, I know, this is a long over due update, but things have been crazy around here! At one point this week we were up to 61 kids! I will try my best to add in every thing new that has happened, but since it's been so long, I may miss some! Sorry for the long gap between posts, hopefully things will slow down enough that this won't happen again!
Sandrine came to COTP in October after being referred from a visiting Pediatrician at a local hospital. She had been in their Medika Mamba program but never gained weight. Afterwards she was enrolled in their Nutrition Program, but still was not doing well. Sandrine came to us the day after her second birthday and weighed only 2 lbs. Her Mom just gave birth to another child this week. Her main care giver is her 16 year old sister who also has a 10 month old of her own! Since being at COTP, she has been eating Medika Mamba and is gaining weight. She can now stand and put pressure on her legs, which is a huge improvement! She is making great developments developmentally! Please continue to pray for her!
Anderson was also referred to us by the Pediatrician in Milot and came the same day as Sandrine. He is 15 months and weighed 11 pounds 1 oz at admission. He gained weight in Milot's Medika Mamba program, but quickly lost it all. Since graduating the program, he was enrolled in their Nurtion Program, but as with Sandrine, didn't gain weight. He has also been eating Medika Mamba here and is beginning to be a chunky little baby and is enjoying playing way more!
Ivenot came to COTP three days after his Mother passed away from Cholera. His Dad loves him dearly, but is young and not sure how to care for the needs of a four month old baby. Ivenot is a healthy, chunky little boy, who will be returning home with his father in a few months. His Dad doesn't have any family members to help him care for a baby, but is hoping to find a neighbor to help him out! Please pray he finds someone and that Ivenot can be reunited soon!
Last year a little boy who we called Moise was abandoned at our gate. After three months, his Mom came back for him with several ways to prove that she was his Mother. We also learned that his name was actually Fred. He has been living with his Mom since last December. Fred has been back to visit a few times and always looked good. However, his Mom is currently going through a rough time and felt she had no choice but to abandoned him at our gate again this week. She left a note explaining the situation. This is obviously very difficult for Fred, but we feel he remembers this place as he is adjusting much quicker this time. Please pray for him and for his Mother who felt she had no other option.
Modelin was referred to us by another missionary in the area. He is 17 months old and was a very weak, lethargic baby when we admitted him. He has already had surgery to repair his cleft lip, but was to malnourished for his cleft pallet surgery. His Mom was trying her best to care for him, but was unable to provide him the correct diet he needed to gain weight. He has been eating well since coming here and is gaining good weight. His personality is amazing! He is so adventurous and wants to play constantly. This is a huge change from the limp baby we met a few weeks ago! Please pray he gets his surgery soon and can be reunited with his family!
Gedline came to us about a month ago with her very aged Grandmother. Her Mom had passed away not quite a month prior to admit, leaving her Grandma to care for her and her 5 siblings. Gedline was a very tiny malnourished 5 month old with a large abscess on her chest. Her health has improved a lot in the month she has been here and she is slowly starting to gain weight. Please pray for her whole family during this time and that her Grandma will be able to make decisions that are in Gedline's best interest!
Chelie lived at COTP for six months starting in the summer of 2010. At admit she was 1# 13 oz, a tiny little baby. She was able to be reunited with her Mom last winter and then was enrolled in the Formula Program for 6 months to ensure she had a smooth transition home. The first few months were a bit shaky as her Mom was unsure if she would be able to care for the needs of such a young baby. With lots of encouragement, Chelie began to thrive in her Moms care and she graduated the program. However, she came back last week and had lost weight from when she graduated the program 5 months before. I went and visited her in her home yesterday and she was very ill and not doing well at all. We decided that she needed immediate intervention and brought her back to COTP that day. We immediately started her on an IV. She is very weak and incredibly malnourished, but we are praying she will pull through. She will stay with us for at least a few weeks to return her to full health while her Mom decides what to do about her future. Please pray she gains weight quickly and that we can find a way for her to successfully be able to be reunited with her Mom who loves her dearly.
Lou's older sister, Cyndi Love, also joined us at COTP recently. Their mother is ill and feels she can no longer care for the needs of either of her children. We spent a month counseling her about this decision to ensure she fully understood her options. Cyndi Love has been doing amazing here and is quickly learning English! She loves being with her brother and is often seen trying to give him toys or spoon feeding him! We are so thankful that these two were able to be reunited! Please pray for both of them and that their adoption goes quickly!
Moise was abandoned outside of Heartline Ministries in Port au Prince and spent nearly two months living with the Livesay family before being brought to COTP. We believe he is about 2.5 years old and potentially has brain damage from untreated meningitis. He is such a sweet happy little boy who we all love dearly! We are incredibly excited to announce that Moise already has a new Family who are excited about adopting him!
Sterly was just reunited with his Dad and Grandma this week! During his time at COTP, he gained four pounds, learned to sit up, and went from being a grumpy little boy to loving to play, and smiling when interacted with. He has a great family and we are confident he will do great! He celebrated his first birthday two days after going home! Please pray for this family during their time of transition and that Sterly continues to make good developmental gains!
|Sterly with his Dad and Grandma!|
Irelene was united with her adoptive family this month which we were all so thankful for. She quickly bonded with her new parents and only wanted to be with them! We were so thankful for the time we were able to love on this beautiful little girl, but are even more thankful that she will now grow up in a loving family! Please continue to pray for her as she transitions into her new life and family!
|Irelene during her going away party with Evan, one of her nannies!|
Haitian adoptions are going really slow right now. Please pray the pick up quick and that we can process our kids' cases as quickly as possible so that they can be united with their families!
COTP GRADS; LOTS:
We have had a lot of COTP Grads come back recently, and all are doing amazing. We were excited to see Gina, Maggie/Magdaline, Djodlande, Jackson, and Frandly. All are doing great in their homes and developing well. Each one of them is at their goal weight and height which is great to see! We love all of these kids dearly and are so thankful to see they are doing well in their homes!
Daleson turned 3!
Sandrine turned 2!
Ezekiel turned 2!
Kenlove turned 2!
Emmanuel turned 1!
Louciana turned 1!
Jennie Flore turned 1!
Fleurickson, Jennie Flore, and Loucianna are all walking!
Anel has taken several unassisted steps!
Keshla is sitting up on her own and Adleyson almost is!
Guerlin received his med visa and has traveled to the States to receive heart surgery. Please pray it goes well and he's able to return home to his Mom soon!
Kids clothes, size 9 months - 2t, especially shorts
Liquid Hand Soap
8 oz (or greater) hard nippled zippy cups