Sunday, August 26, 2012

Foster home

I thought I would write a little bit about our agency's foster home where Kefyalew is being taken care of.  First I have to say the Sister that runs it and the nannies are superb.  They truly love the children and it shows.  It is amazing to see how much they are able to do with so little.  The foster home was immaculate and every time we visited our child (two times per day for 7 days) he was always wearing a different outfit and smelled like he had just been bathed.  According to Russ there are about 45 children currently at the foster home ranging in age from a couple of months old to around 7 years old. 

On Russ' first trip he learned that the nannies were carrying bottles of filtered water upstairs all the time for the babies because the second floor had no running water.  The nannies would then take this filtered water and boil it for 20 minutes to purify it before making all the bottle for the infants there.  These were stored in one refrigerator to be used as needed.  Upon, learning this Russ and other families were able to donate money to purchase a pump and water reservoir.  It was amazing to be able to witness the delivery of it while we were there.  (Scroll down to see a picture of it under the post our day with Kefyalew) We are hoping when we fly back that the owner of the building would have given his permission so it could be installed making the nannies' job a little easier.  On our second trip we also learned that the foster home frequently loses power.  We were so blessed we were able to purchase a generator for the foster home so they didn't have to worry about losing all the bottles they have made up at one time and run a few lights.

At this time the foster home's most pressing need is diaper covers to use over cloth diaper prefolds.  The Sister informed us that the quality of the ones they can get in Ethiopia are really poor and they only last a week.  Therefore, she is using more of her budget than she needs to in frequently purchasing new ones.  Russ and my goal are to bring over good diaper covers that will last a long time.  The ones we would like to purchase are called LiteWrap diaper covers and are $8 a cover.  I have debated whether to write this entry or not but have decided to leave it in God's hand.  If anyone feels the desire to contribute to this we would be greatly humbled and I promise to post all receipts and pictures of the goods to account for what we buy if you send money for this project.

Other needs we have noticed at the foster care are just toys, wooden puzzles, board books, bumbo seats and a johnny jump up.  Toys for infants through 8 year olds.  The toys would need to be plastic, no batteries, easy to clean and can take a beating. In the foster home they are currently using cardboard boxes for the children to sit in and they have one walker for children to develop leg strength.   Delta allows Russ to take over 4 suitcases for free and I'm allowed 2.  We would love to take as much stuff over as needed as they are grateful for any donation they receive.

Outside of foster home.

Fridge upstairs for babies
water filter with jugs of water nannies were carrying upstairs

Kef's room door at the end of the hall

Kef's bed

downstairs bathroom for older kids

bathroom for babies

visiting room for parents

No comments:

Post a Comment