June 2011 UPDATE
The grant monies provided by the $10 Club in 2011 provided 6 months worth of support towards medical, dental and hygiene needs in our two homes. Below, you can find captioned photographs showing how your funds were used, and in general, the children who benefited from your support.
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These girls have made quite the transition since arriving a little of a year ago, and all have benefitted greatly from having proper dental care, as despite their young ages, they already had mouths full of cavities. Lizbeth, the eldest, will require orthodontic care when she is older, but we are glad that her teeth will be healthy and strong before she gets braces. All of our girls get regular dental check-ups and treatment as necessary. By partnering with Smiles Forever, a philanthropic dental organization, we’re able to make your dollars stretch even further by receiving discounted dental care for all of our children.
Matias is the youngest sibling of the girls above, and while now a very happy, healthy, and obviously well-fed child, he arrived to us from the nutrition center still severely malnourished.
This is Matias the day he arrived, while he’s almost six months old in this photo, he appeared to be much younger. With funding from the $10 Club, we were able to ensure that we could continue providing the nutritonal supplements and medical care he needed in order to make the major gains that he did this year.
Proper food preparation and kitchen hygiene is essential in Bolivia as our children are so easily susceptible to parasites, amoebas, and bacterial infections if the food is not prepared or cooked correctly, or if the water is not completely pasteurized.
Our older girls have been taught well, and are experts in preparing meals that are both healthful and hygenic. With sufficient and effective cleaning supplies, and fresh fruit and vegetable disinfectant, we are able to assure the wellbeing of our children and staff.
Our staff work alongside nursing students who do part of their practicum in pediatrics with us, making sure that our children are well cared for. Above you see Matias getting cream on his face, which is especially important at this altitude, as the sun and wind can easily chap skin, especialy with young children.
Personal hygiene products like shampoo, sensitive skin soap, moisturizer, make sure our children are clean and healthy.
Getting their monthly basic check-ups
Many of our children require extra vitamin and nutritional supplements, here Daniel is getting extra zinc and iron drops to boost his immune system and prevent anemia.
Above, the children are listening to one of our staff share about how to wash hands properly. It’s been great to see our young ones work handwashing into their everyday routine, it’s really cut down on the number of colds in our homes and daycare. You made it possible to ensure that we had soap and alcohol gel to keep those germs at bay.
All of our children share the responsibility with the staff to make sure that we are maintaining a safe and hygenic environment.
Even the youngest children help out as they can. Here, Alejandro is taking his plate to the bucket after morning snack.
Daniel, a normally very easily distracted four year old absolutely loves to help the staff clean. As soon as he puts his special ‘cleaning helmet’ on, he’s focused and ready to go! With his health issues, it’s important that he learns from an early age how to take good care of himself and his surroundings.
Julia should be looking proud of herself in this picture, she is one of our most responsible and helpful girls in the home. She enjoys cooking, baking, and helping the staff do the shopping for the home.
This was our little Jose before his surgery to correct his cleft palate and lip. With the $10 Club grant monies, we were able to partner with ASONG, which provides low cost corrective surgeries.
Above: Jose after his surgery.
After the stitches were taken out... we’re thankful he healed so quickly.
Jose clearly enjoying his yogurt and bread - he’s loving that he can finally dig into solids!
Jose, now over one year old, is enjoying playing with the other children. He still often wears a bib because he hasn’t quite gotten control of swallowing his saliva, but it’s getting consistently better. He’ll need special orthodontic work when he’s older, but he is now totally healed and doing very well.
Here is a photo taken in October of Margarita with her new glasses and prosthetic eye. Funds from The $10 Club paid for the prosthetic eye. Being able to purchase the correct sized prosthesis as she grows prevents infections and helps Margarita feel more comfortable with her appearance.
Lissed, one of the girls benefiting from orthodontic treatments made possible by the $10 Club donation.
Perhaps not as glamorous, but equally necessary, the grant enabled us to purchase much needed supplies to create a hygienic environment. This included cleaning supplies like those pictured here, as well as personal hygiene products.
Finally, we were able to purchase a number of prescription and over-the-counter medications for the children of both of our homes.