Meet Brenda! She came into this world prematurely and we welcomed her at Open Arms at just one week old. She was showing signs of ill health, battling suspected pneumonia and diarrhea. To add to this, after two months of treatment, doctors discovered she had a heart defect, but her health was too fragile for them to operate.
Brenda's mother was facing her own struggles with mental health, making it impossible for her to care for Brenda. Our team started working closely with Brenda's aunt who was happy to take on her care. They believed that, with some extra support, Brenda could be well-cared for at home and so we supported her return
In July, Brenda was making great progress. She was gaining weight, and her family received some financial help to get her the medication she needed from Central Hospital, as their local health center couldn't supply it. She continued to steadily putting on that all important weight and her aunt was managing her care well.
By September, Brenda had doubled her weight! She loves to play with her cousins, can sit down and play with her toys, and she has even got her first tiny teeth. Brenda is learning to feed herself and enjoys playing with her food and exploring. She has fortified flour porridge in the morning and evening and a serving of nsima with her family every afternoon.
The pictures capture Brenda's incredible journey over the past three months, and although she still needs medical attention, her family is doing remarkably well with the support of Open Arms. Our team are talking to Brenda's aunt about ways to empower the family economically too, which will be crucial for Brenda's future. Her aunt has a garden where she grows crops for food, and we're exploring ways to support her with this in the future.
You can help
We are piloting this new programme alongside our infant homes and community outreach services and we would like to roll it out to offer more families support. You can help make this possible by clicking here and making a donation today so that we can help more children like Brenda.
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