Just before my husband died, the triplets were born. The love for my babies helped to ease the pain of the loss of my husband, but soon I was not able to feed them, and my own strength was quickly drained. My life with triplets has been difficult, but Milk & Medicine has changed my life and now I’ve saved enough money to start a small business.
The love for my babies helped ease the pain of the loss of my husband, but I was worried I would not be able to make enough milk to feed them. I was weak from malnourishment myself and the little strength I did have was quickly drained. Kind neighbors helped with some little food and carried water for me. But no one had infant formula.
I was determined my boys would not die. Carrying them on my back I went everywhere looking, even begging for help. No matter how far I had to walk, or how many times I had to ask, it didn’t matter. I had lost my husband, but I would not lose even one of our sons.
Then one day I went to the clinic again. The doctor told me about a new program just starting at a church near where we stay. He said we could get infant formula and some help to know how to earn money. Only 50 children could be enrolled, but the doctor promised that she would make sure my boys were on the list.
On the first day, there were so many women just like me. Most of them were grandmothers or aunts. Some were older sisters, looking like children themselves. Nevertheless, they were mothers who would do anything to save their babies. Each of us was taken in turn. Our babies were weighed and measured and then there was teaching from the Bible. We were encouraged to commit our lives to Jesus, our Saviour, and to never give up and to work together as sisters.
We went to the church every month to get more food for our children and food for our own souls. Some of us were able to put together a small amount of money and we bought chicks and some grain for them. They grew even as our own children were growing.
Now, each month when the Milk and Medicine programme comes to the church, some of us bring along chickens and some others bring small rugs or tablecloths we make to sell to each other. We can hold our heads up because our children are healthy and because we will never have to beg again! My boys are all still with me, doing fine and I was able to buy us a blanket. I am very blessed.
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