Tuesday, April 12, 2011
Mothers of Korah
On my first day in Korah, I had a chance to meet a few of the 30 HIV mothers whom Great Hope Ministries reaches out to. Many of these women have difficult and hard stories due to the conditions in Korah. Rape and prostitution are a regular occurrence as income needed for food is difficult to find. Of these mothers, some have young infants and they are unable to breastfeed their babies because of the risk they pose to their own children. Without money, they cannot purchase formula and these babies are unlikely to survive. Presently Great Hope is supporting 10 mothers with young babies, three of whom have sets of twins. Whenever possible these mothers are provided with formula and diapers. With the exception of these few children, babies in Korah do not wear diapers, which can lead to hyperthermia, as they lie on wet and soiled blankets. Thanks to many who supported ‘Hope for Korah’, we were able to bring 40 pounds of formula in our suitcases, purchase diapers in Addis and give many of these and other mothers new baby blankets and clothing.
I’d like you to meet Aragash. Her warm and inviting smile brightened, as she introduced me to