RESCUING MALNOURISHED BABIES
SPONSOR A BABY
The most tangible and practical way you can save a baby’s life is through directly sponsoring a baby, which provides the formula and nutritional needs for the baby of your choosing. Select the baby you would like to provide formula and healthy nutrition for.
Francis Matiyasi (Mathias)
Francis Matiyasi Baby Formula Sponsorship
Geoffrey, Lyson and Francis are all triplets from Gwana born on September 29, 2020 to Cecina and Mathias.
Geoffrey was born weighing 5.9 lbs, Lyson was born weighing 3.6 lbs. and Francis was born weighing 4.4 lbs. Both parents are still alive but the mother cannot produce enough breastmilk to feed them all. Because of this, their weight is really low. Only Geoffrey has a good weight because he is the one that has taken to breastfeeding more that his other two brothers. The other two, Lyson and Francis, cry from hunger all the time.
Their parents have 3 other children ages 12, 10, and 5 plus twins. They are only local farmers and the father sells firewood in order to earn money to care for the family, however, his firewood sales are not enough to provide the formula needed and feed the family as well. The money from the firewood goes to feeding the other children and the triplets are dependent upon their mother's breastmilk, which is not producing enough to sustain them.
We enrolled all 3 triplets into our formula program on November 12, 2020 and they are in need of sponsors. Would you be able to help sponsor any or all of these precious babies and give them a fair chance at life?
WHAT DOES YOUR SPONSORSHIP COVER?
This is the best question we can answer for each of our partners when they make the decision to save one of these orphaned babies.
First, know that 100% of your sponsorship dollars actually goes to the babies. A sponsorship provides real tangible things like daily formula, bottles, new clothes, medical care, and a porridge full of vita-meal. This may sound like the same story you have heard over and over again but rest assured it isn’t.
This sponsorship will save the life of the baby you just sponsored. We aren’t a ministry that gives a bowl of maize once per day and say we are feeding children. The 2ndMilk children get the same nutrition daily that your children receive because at the end of the day we don’t feel they deserve anything less.
SIGNS OF ACUTE MALNUTRITION
Acute malnourishment comes in many forms and at times it can even be hard to see while other times it may be very hard for us to look at a child experiencing severe malnourishment. Sure, we have all seen the tiny baby with droopy skin and bones but we also see a lot of babies that are experiencing a protein deficiency called Kwashiorkor. This causes their stomachs to swell as well as their legs and feet.
HOW DOES FORMULA HELP?
We all know and understand that infants require either mothers milk or a formula that allows them to receive the nutrients and vitamins their bodies require for proper growth. We purchase our powdered formula in the countries we work in to help the local economy and allow our teams to have quick access to the truckloads of formula we purchase monthly.