Wednesday, February 20, 2008

More babies!

Mom, I'm sorry you're confused. If you are, I'm sure there are more. What are you confused about? I'm in Mampong-Ashanti and I've been going to a "Babies Home" here. They take kids typically after their mothers die and keep them until they're 4 or 5 and then usually the dad takes them back (they apparently can't care for them when they're young). It's a pretty bad situation. I don't know which is worse...but I guess if the dad's really can't care for them...I dunno. The youngest is one month and she is TINY.

And get this, formula is apparently too expensive, so they give ALL the babies (including the one month old) porridge. Basically oats, milk powder, sugar, and water. It's thick too. They have to poke huge holes in the bottles. It make me sad for them. They don't get held much either. For the ones that are sitting they sit on the ground and a woman will hold two bottles and feed two babies, so they don't even get held when they're eating!

Apparently, they don't even like the kids to play with the toys the volunteers donate because they'll just break them...right. No toy at all is obviously better than a broken one. I don't know what I was thinking.

Anyway, I went in the morning and afternoon today and took lots of pictures of them and held them and fed them. One of the volunteers got a picture of me when I was holdling the one month old and the next youngest (3 months maybe?) so I'll try to get a hold of that!

Some of the volunteers are here for 6 months. I don't know how they would ever be able to leave those babies after all that time!! They're watching them grow up.

Obviously, there are many things I don't agree with, but the babies are a lot of fun and they seem to be thriving (incredibly and thankfully). I'm kinda glad I won't be here for too long because it's so easy to get attached to them!! Can't wait for you to see pictures! They're too cute.


Jenna said...

It must be so hard to see them living that way, but I am sure that even that small amount of love you are showing them will make a difference for them. I wish I could be there with you, you are doing so much good!

ChrisS said...

Thanks for the explanation. I'm glad you are able to do what you do two things you LOVE....hold babies and take pictures of them.

Brooke said...

oh, those are some lucky babies to get some kelli lovin ;o) I can't imagine how hard it would be to leave them even after a couple of weeks :o(