Sunday, July 31, 2011

Amani Baby Cottage

In Jinja (Uganda), we spent an afternoon at Amani Baby Cottage.  The children are 3 years old and younger here.  This was a happy place.  It was clean.  Everyone looked well fed.  The little ones loved having us there.  

It was also sad.  There are way too many children and too few adults to love on them.  They are doing a great job with what they have.  We took them LOTS of donations of formula (they told us this is their biggest struggle) and clothes and other baby items.

Being in this room took me right back to the room in a Russian orphanage where MY baby spent her first months.  That was hard.

Look at all those diapers!

These are the bunk beds that the toddlers sleep in.  I can't imagine letting a toddler sleep up that high, but they do it.

These are pictures of the babies that are dancing with Jesus.  Most of them died due to complications with HIV.

THESE are pictures of the little ones that have been adopted into forever families!

Sweet girl.  Her name is Precious.  Precious she was!!

I LOVE me some baby toes!

Happy baby.

He took my necklaces off  my neck and put them on his.

Such a sweet girl.

This little ham has a family coming to adopt her from the States.  I think they had already been there to visit her once.  She was a laugh a minute!

This guy decided he wanted to wear one of our team members back pack.  It was a little heavy for him, but he wore it for awhile.

These 3 stuck pretty close together.

Silly Frank.

 Sweet babies eating dinner.

This tiny little one is SIX months old.  He wasn't big as a minute.  I couldn't believe he was six months old.  One of the ladies there told me that he has grown so much.  I can't imagine what kind of shape he was in when he got there.

This is one of the ladies that cares for the children.  They had plenty of paper-bead necklaces they had made to show off and sell.  Gorgeous.

Such a sweet afternoon.

1 comment:

  1. When I saw all the cribs, I thought of your sweet Brenna too. What a lucky little girl and mama.