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Kids Making a Difference

Sammy is only 5 going on 6 but is making a difference to the lives of 2 babies in the slum of Manila

She worked extremely hard making Chocolate Dipped Strawberries and sold them at a Fair in The Barossa Valley she raised enough for 2 births making a difference to 2 Mothers and Babies in The Philippines . Well done Sammy!

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Here are your 2 mums, one of them has had their baby and was sick in hospital so your sponsorship has blessed this family in a time of great need!

EVALYN CELEBRAN/ RADO

BACKGROUND
Evalyn lives in an area in Baseco called Gasungang. She has a partner husband who is a Labourer and they live with their Mother-In-Law.
She is 21 and this is her first baby

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
She had a good pregnancy
All testing and scans good
Good birth

BABY
Baby boy Galvin was born on June 13th 2016
He was 9lb and healthy
He is having all immunisations
She breastfed the baby and now is working so the Mother-In-Law is caring for the baby so they are bottle and breastfeeding him.

 

MARY-JOY VILLAGONZALO/RELESO

BACKGROUND

Mary-Joy lives in a part of Baseco called Aplaya, this is very close to the sea and often floods, the area was recently underwater in a typhoon and the water was up to Pastora Marivic’s waist, when she visited the area the women were sitting on top of the rooves or on top of plastic boxes with their belongings in.

PREGNANCY AND BIRTH
As far as we know the pregnancy went well for Mary-Joy as we had limited conversation with her, but her pregnancy was fine.
This baby was actually born at Home (which is not ideal and not what we advocate but it does happen, but as soon as he was born they took him to the Baseco Health Centre who checked him and gave him injections and newborn screening. See Mark’s Blog for details HERE


BABY
Baby was born on the 4th June 2016
His name is Prince Kian
He was 9.8lb and very healthy
She was breastfeeding him
He then developed a serious Chest infection and was admitted into The Gat Andreas Hospital on the 29th of August with BPM (Bronchial Pneumonia)
We visited him in The Gat soon after that and he was getting better slowly.

 

The most important thing is that sponsorship allows these parents to buy medicine and travel to and fro to the hospital, that is extremely important as every single swab and injection costs in The Philippines. So without Sponsorship this baby and his family would have had a big struggle to pay.

Thanks Sammy for your sponsorship, you really really made a difference.
Love Aunty  Cath

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New Life In Don Bosco

We are excited to launch Birthing Better Babies in Don Bosco!

A generous donor has helped launch BBB in this very depressed area of Manila.

Don Bosco is a different world from Baseco, these residents are housed in huge 2 story buildings, no light no fresh air, animals it is often very depressing.

You can watch a video here of Ps Mark in Don Bosco,

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But like everywhere people need Jesus, they need the fresh air of God and the good that follows His presence. BBB is one way we can breathe life on the women of Don Bosco.

Over the next few weeks we will be posting photos of new mum’s some very young, who we can love and pray for and speak life over. Light comes in many forms and Jesus said when he was sorting the sheep and the goats in Matthew

35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

This is a practical way we can bless women and babies in Don Bosco and it works!

Stay tuned

Cathy Mark and Chris xx

Days for Girls

We have been really blessed to partner with our local chapter of Days for Girls in Kapunda South Australia

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Our dear friend Deb has welcomed us with open arms to Kapunda Craft and Hope Sewing Days!

It has been so exciting to meet and sew and be given over 50 kits to take for free to Baseco this year.

I have been able to share the time with my daughter (9 years old) who has enjoyed thoroughly using an overlocker and zooming up liners for Days for Girls Kits…..makes her part of the ministry in Baseco. That is big in her world!

The kits are ingenious, they are fully recyclable allowing girls to wash and reuse their pads without any ongoing costs for sanitary items . They are simply beautiful as well! All easy to use and pretty to look at housed in a discreet cotton backpack!

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Here are some beautiful photos of our sewing days with the team!

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And here are the kilos of Kits we are taking over to Manila!

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All I can say is that I am grateful for ladies who love to sew with a purpose!

Not to mention the beautiful quilts made and singlets collected for me.

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Every girls deserves dignity and Days for Girls helps us get there!

Day to Day

In Baseco there are so many young mothers the Team find themselves constantly Mothering these young mums

Often they are alone and scared, they have left their home in the Province or parents and have no support and find themselves with a baby in a strange world! Just  like this sweet mum Christine helped this year.

She was not a Birthing Better Baby mum but she was young alone and inexperienced with a new baby. The baby was struggling to feed and she just needed some support.

She just needed some mothering. It does not take much to love and listen. The women on the ground in Baseco are constantly being a mother to the motherless.

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Our quote really fits into this situation…..

“Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” — Charlotte Gray

Providing an ear and a spiritual shoulder to lean on goes a long way in Baseco

Desiree Robles

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This is what we do on a day to day basis.

Freely given to whoever comes.

Cath

 

Jinky’s Story

We met Jinky about a year ago,

She joined the Birthing Better Babies Programme.

She was 25, already had a young child

Then she met a man.

She became pregnant to him.

After all he had a  job

Looked after her and her small child.

Life looked good for Jinky.

However life is hard in the slum.

It turns out the man had a wife already.

His wife was an Filipino Overseas Worker away for months at a time.

She returns.

To her house and to her husband.

He returns to his wife.

Jinky is turned out

Unprotected

Pregnant

Rejected.

Jinky alone, desperate and devastated has the baby.

Under immense financial pressure to support the newborn

Jinky is forced to give the baby away.

No one knows who to, perhaps family in the province,

Perhaps to a couple who can support the child for her,

Perhaps to strangers.

We do know

Jinky was sad, so very sad.

Devastated.

We all were.

From everything to nothing.

From happiness to deep sadness,

No mother gives her baby away unless she must.

Life is tough in the slum.

Women do what they must

To survive

To live

To eat.

Jinky’s story is not unusual,

She is one of many

Even hundreds

Even thousands of woman and girls.

Coping with unplanned pregnancies

Unstable relationships.

There is no photo of Jinky

Perhaps that is good

Perhaps Jinky can remind us of the betrayed and alone

The women abandoned and pregnant.

Birthing Better Babies helped

But not enough.

Jinky had choices

She did not know them.

Choices such as school, education, work

Choices that empowered her

Stabilised her

Grown her.

Pray we are part of the solution for girls like Jinky.

Pray we offer life in the darkness

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Cathy

Women We Find…….

Grace Garcia has been sponsored by BBB through the amazing efforts of the women from Lighthouse Church

Her story is one of incredible hardship and courage

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When Mark found Grace she was 37 years old, had 7 children with another on the way (8 months pregnant)

Her story reflects the brutality of life in an Urban Slum

Her husband was a scavenger, who day by day actually made his living searching and finding junk in the rubbish that could be sold or used. they obviously were very poor, in fact probably one of the poorest types of people in Baseco.

A week before Mark found her, her husband was doing his normal work scavenging and an argument developed over rubbish. He was shot in the head and died instantly,  the shooter was not caught. in fact the police probably did not try all that hard as he was merely a scavenger!

He left behind 7 children and a pregnant wife Grace,

Imagine if that happened to one of our sisters, or church members?

On top  of this overwhelming tragedy, Grace’s house was flooded and then was smashed up by a storm that raged in Baseco one night. No husband, no money, no protection and 8 months pregnant, with 7 kids to look after as well.

I think you would want to curl up and die! Really!

However, God knew she needed help and miraculously Mark found her, helped her, rebuilt her house, supplied her with relief food and sponsored her Birth………….that is really what it is about, helping the widowed, the orphaned and the poor! Read here on Mark’s blog for the full story

Let us touch the dying, the poor, the lonely and the unwanted according to the graces we have received and let us not be ashamed or slow to do the humble work.
Mother Teresa

I think Grace’s life has been touched by God, she will never be the same again! No wonder she smiles!

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