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A Chance to Survive

This young mother in Liberia brought her triplet baby girls-Bless, Blessed, and Blessing-to the CAM compound hoping to receive nutritional aid. Our staff members were happy to give her baby formula and layette bundles. The trio was added to the list to receive infant formula through the Save A Life program.

A few weeks later when staff members visited the mother, they discovered that two of the triplets had been hospitalized several days before and had sadly passed away. In Liberia, knowing the cause of death is not considered important, so it is unknown why the two babies died. The staff left some infant care products for the remaining baby.

Every day thousands of children and adults die from malnutrition and easily treatable medical conditions. The nutritional products and medicines you provide through the Save-A-Life program help give suffering people, like the surviving Liberian triplet, a chance to survive.

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Healing salve for Narcis

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Two-year-old Narcis stretched for the kettle on the stove. Suddenly, the boiling water in the pot poured onto him, burning his face and upper body.
Narcis lives with his parents and seven siblings in one of Romania’s most impoverished areas. The small income his father earns by recycling iron makes it difficult when emergencies arise like Narcis’ burn.

Through the Save-A-Life program, Narcis received Silvadene salve to apply on his burns. Now he is on the road to recovery!

In addition to providing Silvadene salve , the Save-A-Life program helps procure special medicines and nutritional supplements for malnourished or sick children and adults. Specialty medicines and nutritional items are too expensive for many people in places like Romania. Your donation makes it possible for people like Narcis and other people with health problems to receive these items. Thank you!

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“The babies are literally starving to death”

starving to death, Christian Aid Ministries

Near the Nicaraguan village of Kamla, our staff encountered Derman and Dermin, severely malnourished twins who were almost two years old. On his first visit a staff member reported, “The babies are literally starving to death. I don’t think the one will survive, given the conditions.” Realizing the desperate plight of these twins and their nineteen-year-old mother, our staff members are providing an ongoing supply of nutritional supplements.

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After several months of taking these nutrients, the difference in Derman and Dermin is remarkable. They are gaining weight and growing more alert and energetic. Their mother says the first thing they want to do in the morning is eat! Our staff member shared, “Thanks to the support of our donors, we expect these twins to make a full recovery and have a chance in life.”

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A gift of life

gift of life, Christian Aid Ministries

Three-week-old Favor was severely malnourished and barely hanging onto life when her mother brought her to the CAM office in Liberia. Favor’s mother had an infection and was unable to feed her daughter. Since Favor’s birth, all her mother was able to give her was coconut water and glucose. Every night this frail child cried from hunger.

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Favor, one week after receiving infant formula
gift of life, Christian Aid Ministries
Favor at six months old.

Our staff gave Favor’s mother nutritious infant formula. They were surprised to see the improvements in Favor after only one week. The gaunt outline of her ribs slowly disappeared, and her tiny stomach started to fill out. A staff member in Liberia shared, “For Favor, one week and a can of milk closed the door on death and gave her the gift of life.” Thank you, supporters, for your generous donations that gave Favor and many others a chance at life!

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Children’s Story: Will six-year-old Alexis get better?

six-year old Alexis, Christian Aid Ministries

Alexis is a six-year-old boy from Nicaragua. He likes to play and help with chores, such as feeding the chickens.

But Alexis got sick. At first his mom was not worried about him. She boiled herbs she gathered from the surrounding mountains to help him get better. But Alexis didn’t get better. He got worse and worse.

Finally Alexis was so sick he couldn’t get out of bed. Now his parents were very worried. What could they do? They lived in the mountains where there was no electricity, no trucks, and no cars. The closest place to get help was many miles away.

six-year old Alexis, Christian Aid Ministries
Alexis’s home area.

Alexis’ mom and dad had a prayer meeting at their house. They prayed that God would heal Alexis. Alexis got a little better, but then his face swelled and his head and eyes hurt. He could almost not walk. He was getting skinnier and skinnier.

Alexis’ parents and several neighbors started the long journey to take Alexis to CAM’s Balm of Gilead Clinic. They walked several hours to a village in hopes of catching a ride on a public transportation vehicle called a camion to go to the clinic. Since Alexis was too weak to walk there, he rode on the back of a horse.

After walking a long time, they finally reached the village. But where was the money they had brought along to pay the fare to ride on the camion? They could not find it. It must have fallen out of the bag when they were walking and now there was no money to pay for the ride! Should they give up and turn back?

No! They couldn’t do that because Alexis was very sick and needed help. Alexis’ mom was desperate to find help for her son. So they kept walking. For the next three days they walked and walked. Each night they found a kind family to give them a place to sleep and a bite to eat. Alexis cried often. He was so tired and sick.

On the third night, they stayed with a friend who offered to give them a ride to the clinic in his truck.

When they finally reached the clinic, Alexis’ mother almost cried with relief. Here, someone could finally help Alexis.

There were lots of other sick people at the clinic, but when the receptionist saw Alexis, he took him to the nurse right away. The nurse asked a lot of questions. Then she did an exam and found that six-year old Alexis had parasites. The nurse told Alexis’ mom that he had three kinds of parasites in his stomach that made Alexis get sick and lose weight.

Over the next few days, the nurse gave Alexis things to help get rid of the parasites. She told his mom that Alexis also needs to drink a lot of water, as well as a protein drink mix she gave him so he could feel well again.

Someone at the clinic gave Alexis’ mom money to travel back home in the camion. She smiled for the first time in days. She was so thankful that her six-year old Alexis was getting help and that they did not need to walk all the long way home again.

—Written by Jolene Miller, a nurse at the Balm of Gilead Clinic in Nicaragua

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Life-saving nutrition for a Liberian baby

Liberian baby, Christian Aid Ministries

Inside a cocoon of blankets lay the tiniest Liberian baby one of our staff members had ever held. At three weeks old, little Mercy scarcely tipped the scale over three and a half pounds. Her entire body easily fit onto an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper.

Mercy’s fight for life started from birth. She was born prematurely, and then her young mother developed an infection. Mercy’s grandma tried to help care for Mercy, but with the high price of formula in Liberia, she struggled to keep the child alive.

The Save-A-Life program enabled CAM staff to provide baby formula for Mercy as she clung to life. They are grateful for a supply of infant formula on hand for cases like Mercy’s. One staff member shared, “It is always encouraging to watch a weak, sickly baby become healthy and strong. Thank you for enabling us to extend God’s mercy to the small Liberian babies of!”

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Saving Precious Lives

Precious Lives

In poverty-stricken parts of the world, the battle for life is real. Too often, malnutrition robs precious lives that God has given. Especially those of innocent children.

In Nicaragua, little Erick Samir’s life was wasting away when he came to CAM’s Waslala Medical Clinic. Although he was two years old, he barely tipped the scales at eighteen pounds. “His arms and legs looked like miniature sticks,” one of our staff members said.

When his foster parents found him, Erick and his brothers didn’t even have shirts to wear. The children were so hungry, they had resorted to eating hard dry beans, yet barely got any nutrition to support their growing bodies. Little Erick was suffering severely because of it. The clinic staff gave Erick some nutritional supplements to start him on a path to recovery and good health.

What causes malnutrition?

Every night, one in nine people around the world goes to bed hungry.* The battle continues each day as parents struggle to find sufficient food for themselves and their children. Without the financial means to provide enough protein or a balanced diet, many parents watch their children suffer relentlessly from undernourishment. Many of these children also have severe parasite issues from poor sanitation, which can result in serious, life-threatening malnutrition as well.

Our foreign field staff encounter many situations where precious little ones suffer from undernourishment. While some of the children are in the beginning stages of malnutrition and can be easily treated, others are very near to death. This was the case for three-week-old Favor when she came to our base in Liberia. Her caretaker said Favor had cried the entire night from hunger. Her ribs could easily be counted.

CAM prepares to purchase several semi loads of nutritional items

Through CAM’s Save-A-Life program, we try to provide nutritional food supplements and life-saving medicines for clinics throughout Haiti, Nicaragua, Liberia, and other countries. Parents walk for hours to come to these medical centers to find help for their sick, malnourished children. Nutritional items are a huge blessing to clinics that operate with minimal resources.

In the past we typically depended on donated nutritional items for malnourished children and adults, but our available supply is not nearly enough to meet the huge demand. This year we hope to purchase several semi loads of nutritional drink mix and a peanut-based nutritional supplement for severely malnourished children and adults. The peanut-based product provides a life-saving source of protein. A $42 case of this product can take a child from severe malnutrition to recovery in only 6-8 weeks. Although the help sometimes arrives too late, for many malnourished little ones, this nutrition is a rescue from death, giving them a chance to live the life God has given them.

Our budget goal for this project is $500,000. If you wish to help provide life-saving nutritional items for malnourished children and adults, your contribution will be a blessing.

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A chance to survive

A Chance To Survive

We typically depend on donated nutritional items for malnourished children and adults. But the supply is not nearly enough to meet the huge demand. This year, as funds are available, we hope to purchase several semi loads of nutritional drink mix. This will help those suffering from malnutrition. Sometimes the help arrives too late, but for many malnourished children, this nutrition gives them a chance to survive.

Weighing only 16 pounds, two-year-old Wideline was at the beginning stages of malnutrition when she came to a CAM-supported clinic in Haiti. Her mother Lisiane traveled six hours to get to the clinic. She and her husband struggle to provide nutritious food for their family. Most of their children have gone through malnutrition recovery programs. The clinic staff gave Lisiane a bottle of chocolate bone protein powder. This will start Wideline on a path to good health.