Orfe and I spent some time yesterday with baby Esmeralda. This little girl is 21 months old and weighs only 12 pounds. In the many hours that we were with her, she only cried when the doctors tried to put in an IV. Somehow she can stand by herself and take a few steps. Mostly, however, she is held.
Right now baby Esmeralda is in the general hospital in San Benito. She has an ear infection. Once this is better, Esmeralda will join 10 other little ones in the Centro de Recuperacion Nutricional about an hour from where we live. This is a 30 bed center established and run by the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincente de Paul. There are three Sisters in this location, one of whom is the director. They have established multiple hospitals and other such centers throughout Central America. They do a marvelous work.
The center is located on an out-of-the-way dirt road. It is a haven in the midst of poverty. It is exceedingly simple yet well designed and sufficient to serve its purpose with great care. We visited at lunch time. There were several care givers feeding the little ones who were gathered in a group. Though they are without their families for several months, the babies seem content. Some will be released to their families soon. Others are not able to hold up their heads on their own as of yet. It is clear that each one is loved.
Orfe held the littlest one there and cried.
Please keep all of these little ones, especially Esmeralda, in your prayers. Abandoned by her birth mother, poor relatives took her in. She needs lots of prayers. Thank you!
Sr. Pam Buganski
Sr. Pam joined SewHope as our first American Project Coordinator in 2012