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.
Julius Dikilani Baby Formula Sponsorship
Julius and Madalitso Dikilani are twin babies from Gwawa village that were born December 4, 2020. Their mother passed away on December 11, 2021 just a year after their birth. The mother gave birth to them at a local health center and began complaining of stomach pain so they sent her to Mitundu hospital where they discharged her and she died 3 days later. Their father is still alive and he sells firewood locally but it doesn't give him enough money to buy formula for the babies.
Julius's birth weight was 3.9 lbs. and his weight when entering our program was 6.6 lbs. Currently the babies are being cared for by their grandmother who is a seasonal farmer. The grandmother also takes care of their older 3 year old brother. They live in a grass thatched house and only have enough to eat once a day. She is feeding the twins cows milk 3 times a day but it does not provide enough nutrients for them to be healthy.
Please consider sponsoring Julius today!
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.