In April, A Childhood for Children made a return visit to Maison du Benedictine to bring comfort, love, fun, and much needed items such as nutritious food, clothing, mosquito nets, mattresses, and hygiene care to the 25 mentally and physically challenged children at the Maison and 50 in the local community.
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Germalise, pronounced Yam-a-lees, has been at Nutre Hogar, a home in Santiago, Panama, for malnourished children, for about 9 months. The children mostly come from the rural mountain area hours east of Santiago, where subsistence farmers live. We first met her back in November of 2015 when she was a relative newcomer to Nutre Hogar. She never moved from where she was placed on the floor, having no strength to crawl or walk. She never uttered a sound. She just sat, staring blankly. Now, she walks on her own, speaks, reacts to the adults and other children. She will soon be well enough to go home. These are the children you help us serve with your generous support, and we thank you for it!
In November, we ventured down to Santiago, Panama to spend 5 days with the malnourished children at Nutre Hogar. We have supplied them with food, diapers, hygiene care items and other basic needs in the past (this is our 6th project). But, this is the first time we focused entirely on nutrition. We were told we provided them with a years worth of "milk", which made us feel really great!
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In March 2018, A Childhood for Children was providing hygiene care products and food staples like rice and beans to the almost 700 children at Sewa bal Bharti, Uma bal Bharti, and Aashray. For many of them, the food they eat supplied by our donors is the only dependable nutrition they receive.
Meet Germalise, from Sanitago, Panama
The children we support live in orphanages or are from impoverished backgrounds. While some have families, most of those parents or guardians struggle to care for the children.
It is important to us to provide the much needed essentials, as well as time and our love to the children. Despite language barriers in places outside the US, we manage to talk to the children, asking their names, what they want to be when they grow up, what their favorite color is, favorite sport and school subject. We play and joke with them, give hugs and high fives, and tell them the importance of studies in order to make a good life for themselves. Often, the children want to show us their drawings or want to sing & dance for us. It may not seem like much, but the children appreciate and cherish the time we spend with them. On each project, our local Ambassadors show compassion and understanding to the children, so that they know there are people who care about them. This is equally important as the things we provide.
Also in April, we visited Ivey Lane Elementary and provided hygiene care items to almost 300 children from pre-kindergarten to 3rd grade before their end of the school year summer started.
As part of our "Travel with a Purpose" strategy, when we went to Peru for vacation purposes, we also researched the areas we would visit to find a children's organization to "do a little good" at. We found Casa Hogar, a home for orphan children near the peruvian rainforest. We provided them with sacks of rice and beans and had a brief visit with them.
In June, it was time to visit the babies and toddlers at Seneca House again to distribute diapers. These parents are struggling to get back on their feet after suffering setbacks, and Seneca House helps them to do that.