Visiting Lalibela

Visiting Lalibela

Monday, April 27, 2009

Important way you can help! Long post- but a must read!

I copied this from a YG (yahoo group)friend's blog. She received the referral for a little girl the same day we received our referral and we hope to be traveling together. It describes the DESPERATE situation with regards to a shortage of good formula in Ethiopia...

From Cindy Foote: Our adoption agency is seeing an increase in the number of significantly malnourished babies coming in to their partner orphanages. Our agency has a transitional home in Ethiopia where children/babies chosen to be adopted are taken in and cared for until the parents can travel to get them. Many of the babies can not be referred to parents until they are healthy. This was our daughter's story. Our agency cared for her for 3 months before she was well enough to be referred to us. That entire time, America World was paying for our child's care - and the care and restoration of many many more.
Often, these babies tummies are suffering from Giardia or other illnesses on top of the malnutrition. And the malnutrition alone can be severe. Just south of Addis Ababa is a region hardest hit by the current famine. We are expecting to see many severely malnourished babies coming in to the orphanages as a result of this. For these reasons, our agency is hoping to build up a supply of 2 special kinds of formula which have a molecular structure that alloww babies to digest the formula with great ease, put on the necessary weight and take in the nutrients for which they are starving. But our agency can not take on this task without donations of this formula and then sending that formula over with traveling families who are headed to Ethiopia to get their children and can take extra suitcases of this formula.
From the Sweeneys: We hope to be traveling to Ethiopia by July (if we pass court). So we are currently accepting any shipments of these 2 formulas that are donated so that we can pack them up and take them to these precious orphaned babies.
The 2 formulas we need to send are called Nutramigen and Alimentum Powder Formula. They can be found at Wal-Mart - BUT since you are going to have to ship them to me from where you are, the best way to do this is to go to to purchase the formula and then ship the formula directly to me through Amazon. We need the powder form - NOT the liquid as the liquid needs to be kept refrigerated once opened AND it is too heavy to fill our luggage with. It is usually around $27 a can. It takes 2 cans to feed one baby for a week. These formulas are broken down so that weak, malnourished babies can digest it and get the nutrients they need. These formulas will save lives! We used Nutramigen with all 4 of our other kids and know what a great formula it is!
If you are from Sheridan, we will be having a formula drive 2 weeks before we leave and hope to take several rubber maid tubs full of formula to these babies.

1 comment:

  1. Stacy,

    So glad you have a blog! Thank you for taking the time to post about the formula. I am praying we can get a court date soon!!! And travel together! Blessings - Cindy Foote