Friday, January 31, 2014

Twins In, Twins Out

If good things come in pairs, are two sets of twins a pair of pairs and twice as good?

This week in the Safe Home, we said goodbye to Tlallo and Ntlalleng, who have been with us since October 2013. When this brother-sister set arrived, they were suffering from acute malnutrition and very delayed in reaching developmental milestones. After three months, they are sitting, laughing, working up to a crawl, and noticeably chubbier!
Tlallo sitting with one of the Bo'me
Ntlalleng testing out the new Bumbo
Compare their astounding progress, now at 9 months old, with a different set of twins. Teboho and Liteboho are 17 months old, but about half the size of their counterparts.

Such comparisons are common in the Safe Home. The staff working day and night to care for these most vulnerable babies pay close attention to the specific needs of each child. Little by little, the Tebohos and Litebohos grow to be like Tlallo and Ntlalleng – heavier, healthier, happier and back on track for a stronger childhood.

We will be the first to admit: it is bittersweet to see our healthy babies go, especially when several reunify with their families at once. However, we are proud of the strides our first twins made and are eager to see the same results with this second pair.

You are sure to see photos of their time in the Safe Home, so stay tuned for twice as much fun!

Thursday, January 9, 2014

A Season of Giving

The holidays in Lesotho are warm and rainy, providing lots of opportunities for spending time outdoors with friends and neighbors. This time of year is also characterized by frequent generosity to the more vulnerable members of one’s community. At TTL, we care for many of the children that fall in this category. 

With the loving care provided by TTL Safe Home caregivers, babies gain healthy weight and let their personalities shine!
In this season of giving we are grateful for the support we have received from around the world and within Mokhotlong itself and want to take the time to truly thank those who have donated financially or in kind. 

From our neighbors in town, the surprise donations we received just before the holidays are greatly appreciated and we put them to use right away to continue providing high quality care to the babies in the Safe Home and in the highlands of Lesotho.

The visitors who have stopped by to drop off baby clothing, spend time in the playroom, or ask questions about TTL's mission have also been welcome additions to our workdays. And of course we are grateful for support at any time! Every little bit helps to improve the quality of life for the children supported by TTL in their earliest years.

To those who have generously supported TTL, we sincerely thank you and hope to have your continued support in coming years. We are optimistic as we move into 2014 and look forward to sharing with you the many stories of our work in Lesotho.