This woman, and mother to 3 children is an incredible example of a mother's determination to provide the best for her children and growing family.
When working in various rural, impoverished villages, we meet many people who are extremely desperate for help. Although this mother is unable to find work and simultaneously care for her children, when we visit her, she is one of the kindest and most gracious women.
We spoke about breastfeeding when we first met. We talked about how often to feed her babies and how to increase her milk supply when needed. She was very appreciative and thankful for the education. Each time we check in with her, we are happy to see her babies and children growing well and healthy.
When continuing to visit her and her village, we are always greeted with her warm smile and gratitude for helping her and her family.
These photos are of her youngest son and his growth from an infant to toddler while continuing to breastfeed.
Sara is one of our biggest success stories. We first met her on January 6th of 2016. She was frail and malnourished, dressed in filthy rags. Sara was blind in one eye and her mother explained that she was born this way. I immediately connected with her and her mother. I have a daughter the same age and felt the immense need to help this beautiful little girl see a brighter future.
We provided her with clothing, shoes, toys, and toddler formula that I purchased from a local pharmacy. I knew I had to help her not only survive, but to become healthier.
When I began to form UPDR, Sara was a constant reminder of why I wanted to be able to help children like her have a better chance at a successful life filled with health, happiness & sustainability.
When we returned in December of 2016, the day we landed, I had to go look for Sara, I needed to make sure she was ok. We passed her on the road side walking with her mother and turned around immediately, but she was gone. The next day we returned to her village and were overjoyed to see how she had grown.
When returning again to check in in April of 2017, she was growing well and healthier than before. We returned in December of 2017 to find Sara thriving and doing very well. She was over joyed to see us and ran to me with a huge smile and hug. We visited her in her village in January of 2018 as well and provided her clothing for this years size and her family with nutrient dense foods.
When checking in in April of 2018, Sara was overcoming an infection in her eye and able to seek proper medical care. She is looking forward to keeping in touch and seeing us soon.