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.
Laurent Chimathembe Baby Formula Sponsorship
Laurent and Lawrence Chimathembe are a set of twin boys born on September 29, 2020 in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe. Laurent was 5.7 lbs. at birth and at 6 weeks old weighs 7.7 lbs. Lawrence was 3.9 lbs. when he was born and now at 6 weeks weighs 9 lbs.
Their mother, Nareti Kampolo, left her village and traveled to Zimbabwe to search for better pastures and while she was there, became pregnant with the twins. She gave birth by caesarean section and the wound would not heal. Things were not going well for her or her boyfriend (who is from Malawi) so they decided to come back home to Malawi. On her way home to Malawi (while nursing her c-section wound) she got sick at the Malawi-Mozambique border of Mwanza and immigration authorities took her to Mwanza District Hospital where she died 2 weeks later on November 6, 2020 due to post natal complications.
After this happened the babies are being looked after now by their grandmother, Eunice Filiasi, who is also looking after 6 other children. Of those 6 children, 3 of them are grandchildren and 3 of them are her own. She cannot afford to buy formula, everything she has goes towards feeding the other children she is already caring for.
We enrolled the babies just days after their mother's death and at this time they are in good health because someone gave them formula but they need more formula now to support them nutritionally since there is no longer any breastmilk or other formula available to them.
They are enrolled pending sponsorship for a probationary period of 3 months. Can you please help us feed these precious twins?
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.