Oleson's mother, a single mother, died shortly after his birth, orphaning him and three siblings. Grandma now has the task of raising these four children. She's also a single mom, but mostly of older kids, who (thankfully) can help with the raising of these newly orphaned children.
Joy in Hope has started a small scale formula/baby food program to help TRULY orphaned babies so that they can stay in their extended families. I feel like I have to emphasize "TRULY" orphaned babies because of the breastfeeding stigma/formula status issue here in Haiti (which I will delve into at a later time in another post-- quite interesting actually). Oleson is the 3rd baby we've started in the program... hoping to post more soon about the other two.
I gave Grandma two big tubs of formula as well as a couple of new dresses (thanks to the Utah team) for Oleson's sister, Krislove, age 8 (pictured here.)
As you can see, she's got spunk. She's cute and funny, which melts my heart, especially in spite of all her life has been in the past 2 months. They are due to return for more baby supplies on March 8... If they come back, I will let you know how they are doing.