Baby Arouna! He is an incredible miracle of God! Many may
know his story but for those who don't, Arouna's mother died
in birth and many times in Burkina Faso they believe that the
death of the mother is the baby's fault so the baby is normally
discarded and forgot about. Arouna was 3 days old when his father brought him to the orphanage and hadn't had any food for those first 3 days of life. Now with the mother being gone the father or any other family member can not normally afford formula because it is typically more expensive than what they even make. While my mom and I were in Burkina Arouna was only 1 month old and he was just so tiny! I was given the opportunity to feed him once and I ended up having to give him to one of the baby caretakers because it was very difficult to keep him awake to drink his entire bottle! However this was key to keep him gaining weight! Now Arouna is 6 months old and even though he is behind he has come a long way! Unfortunately he still has a long ways to go! He can see which is great! But, Arouna can not yet hold up his head, sit up or grasp things like a typical 6 month old would be able to do. Please pray that this precious miracle baby continues to defy the odds and catch up to the rest of his age!
It seems like just yesterday I was there with these beautiful babies but they are all getting so big! I can not even imagine how big they are going to be when I finally get back there!