Thursday, December 20, 2012

Happy Holidays from the Safe-home Gang!

Over the past year, Touching Tiny Lives has received endless support from people around the world. This support has come in many forms from volunteers and doctors lending their skills and expertise here in Mokhotlong to generous monetary donations that allow us to provide families with food packages and pay our dedicated staff of Basotho.

We wanted to share a little bit about the kids currently staying in the safe-home to show you just what a difference your support means to all of us at TTL.
Reitumetse has now been at the safe-home for about three months. This little girl is so full of giggles and spunk and has us all laughing constantly. She is also extremely smart and always willing to sit down with a book or puzzle. While at TTL, she has recovered remarkably from severe malnutrition, learned to walk, and started a successful regiment of ARVs. We're excited to see what the coming months hold for Reitumetse's continued recovery.

Tsepo is almost three years old. As a result of his malnutrition, he is small for his age but he eagerly works to catch up on his developmental milestones. He has some very funny and sweet mannerisms -he reminds us all of a bit of an old man in a little boy's body.

Nthabeleng was just three days old when she arrived at the TTL safe-home. Sadly, her mother passed away shortly after giving birth to her. The Outreach team brought Nthabeleng to the safe-home to ensure that she remains strong and healthy in her first few months of life. The Outreach team is now working with her family to find a safe, healthy home for her.

Just two days after Nthabeleng, five day old Rapelang joined the safe-home family. Suddenly, we found ourselves with two babies less than a week old! Since all of the bo'me love to snuggle with these little ones, this was no problem at all. Rapelang also lost his mother shortly after birth. The Outreach team is currently working with his family to ensure that his return home is successful. He is now about one month old and doing very well.

Thabo just arrived at the safe-home yesterday. Born in South Africa, Thabo and his mother returned to Lesotho a few days ago. We're still getting to know Thabo's personality, but can already tell this little man will be a much-loved part of the safe-home family.

Prior to coming to the safe-home, Batloung spent several weeks at the Mokhotlong Government Hospital. He was suffering from some severe complications of kwashiorkor, a form of malnutrition that results form a lack of protein in the diet. In the time his little guy has been with us, we've seen much improvement. He's mastered crawling and is well on his way walking.

Happy Holidays from everyone at TTL!

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