Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

NDNorth: Mama is Coming pt. 2

Part One

The most vital needs of children worldwide are the same: safety, nutrition and love. When we first began working with this particular Children's Welfare Institute, we were impressed with their ability to provide safety for the children in their care. In August, 2013, we began the Formula Project, and have watched as the babies grew stronger and healthier because of your support. Now, we are partnering with this orphanage to strengthen the bonds of love between the caregivers and the children.

In response to this need, New Day North is partnering with the orphanage to hire, train and oversee additional caregivers, who will be assigned to care for several specific children. With a ratio of one nanny for four children, the little ones will learn about love and have a chance to thrive.

We'd like for you all to meet four special little ones who are about to learn something special and new...

Want to get to know them? Click here to meet our children (and to sponsor them!)

Monday, April 21, 2014

NDNorth: Mama is Coming, part 1

“Come and see the new baby."

The orphanage's baby home director, a nanny and two medical staff were gathered around a white metal crib. Inside lay a newborn baby boy with a severe cleft lip and palate. He slept peacefully as the staff discussed what to do. "We've raised a baby like him before," the director commented, "but there are already so many babies and only one nanny to take care of them." For an infant born with a cleft lip and palate to survive, he needs meticulous care. These children are at higher risk for respiratory and other infections, as well as malnutrition. The orphanage staff knew this. "But what if we can't care for him?" the nurse asked. What if he doesn't survive?

This one precious new baby is not the only concern. There are other children, little ones who have survived the infant stage and are growing into toddlers and preschoolers. Their need for care and for love is just as intense.

The nanny on duty for the infant room - caring for fifteen babies between the ages of two months and a year and a half - is bustling about, propping bottles on towels, sticking nipples back into hungry mouths and cleaning up the mess of the day. She takes a minute to rest on her feet and comments, "What these babies really need is love. That's it. But we can't give it to them. All that I want to do is love them and show them that they are special, but I have ten babies to care for and I spend most of the time taking care of the daily needs, not loving them. If each of us only had three babies to care for, we could do it, we could love them. But ten? It's impossible and it makes my heart sad." She gently smooths the blankets of the almost-sleeping babies and goes to wash up the bottles. 

A toddling girl needs to know that there is someone available, someone just for her. Growing boys need just as many cuddles as the cutest chubby baby. And all of the babies, from the biggest to the littlest, the skinniest to the chubbiest, the cutest to the sickest, all of them need love.

The hearts of the nannies working in the orphanage are kind, genuine and full of love for the children in their care. But they are overwhelmed and sometimes discouraged. How can two women provide for the needs of sixteen preschoolers, some of whom have severe special needs? How does one woman make sure that ten infants are eating enough, growing enough and being loved enough? There is no solution, except for what the nanny said as she quietly soothed a little orphan to sleep..."If each of us only had three children... then we could love them."

Part 2, coming tomorrow...

Sunday, April 20, 2014

A New Day Easter

On Friday afternoon the children were running around the backyard hunting for Easter eggs (and consuming the contents).   There were  happy shouts and babies enjoyed cuddles in the sunshine.  We even had a box of cute chicks and ducklings, and a box of fluffy little bunnies.  Yes, there are a LOT of cute pictures and we will share them with you very soon.

Inside though, in the Foster Home office, a text message arrived.  With a picture.

There were happy shouts (and a happy dance).  "Albert is off the ventilator!".

This was just two days after his life-saving liver transplant operation.  Albert's GI defect was very severe and without a transplant it didn't look as though he had much longer left.  Now, new life has come to Albert, a new hope and a future.

Albert is the fifth New Day child to have a liver transplant.  Number four, Reese, has been slowly recovering from his transplant, but he's made miraculous progress.

Reese's Fight has been epic, and it has touched the hearts of many.  He's been in the hospital so long, and come through so much, that the hospital staff have become very fond of him.

"On the venilator for 52 days after the liver transplant surgery in the ICU, there were three times heart stopped and breath off, he overcomed all this and transfed from ICU to the regular ward in a stable situation.
I want to thank all the dr. and nurses in the ICU and all the college of Institute of Transplantation and also all the people who support this little boy from NEW DAY FOSTER HOME, because of you all --not giving up, not abandoning , Reese is able to go through those tough times and recover smoothly."
- Message from Reese's doctor, pictured above.

Today we celebrate new livers for two brave little boys.  We celebrate life where there was death.  Hope where there was despair.  Happy Easter!

Friday, April 18, 2014

An 'Egg-cellent' Adventure

This week the morning preschool kids got to go on a very exciting journey.  They piled into a couple of electric carts and set off down road, over the bridge and along the path by the river... the wonderful open-air market close to the New Day campus.  Asher carried the 'basket'...

...and Camilla carried the money.  She carefully considered handing over the cash - was it a good price?

The purchase is completed!  But what did they buy?

Eggs to decorate for Easter, of course.  What a fun little outing, and we can't wait to see the decorated eggs when they are done.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

NDSouth: On the Farm

We have a new favorite book in preschool. The kids love it because not only are many of the animals in the in the song "Old McDonald's Farm," but they love putting their face in it and making the noise the animal makes. 

"Old McDonald had a farm.... E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm, he had a sheep! E-I-E-I-O!
Baaa, baaa here and a baaa, baaa there. Here a baaa, there a baaa, everywhere a baaa, baaaa!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a dog, E-I-E-I-O! With a woof, woof here and a woof, woof there.
Here a woof, there a woof, everywhere a woof, woof!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a rooster, E-I-E-I-O! With a cock-a-doodle-doo and a cock-a-doodle-doo.
Here a, there a, everywhere-a!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a pig, E-I-E-I-O! With a oink, oink here and a oink, oink there.
Here an oink, there an oink, everywhere an oink oink!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a cow, E-I-E-I-O! With a moo, moo here and a moo, moo there.
Here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo, moo!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"

"And on that farm, he had a cat, E-I-E-I-O! With a meow, meow here and a meow, meow there.
Here a meow, there a meow, everywhere a meow, meow!
Old McDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O!"