Wednesday, March 08, 2006

A garden of children

Today we headed out to an area where we built houses, but the children are hungry, so we are starting a feeding program soon. We traveled with a nurse who brought a scale to weigh the kids so she can track their progress. She wasn't prepared for ALL the children who showed up. A sea of small children packed into the community center we built. We wandered around the area, talking to people. It's a nice housing development, like a garden in some areas, a garden where children are growing.

Met these adorable little ones returning from school. I won't show the malnourished baby in her bright yellow dress and thin arms and her listless, sad eyes, and missing hair. How dehydrated she was. The paradox, the baby in her Sunday best, her only dress, dressed up to be weighed and assessed and determined that she needs food. Her tiny, thin body bedecked in a pretty dress. She is 2 years old and weighs about 20 pounds. She can't walk yet, no leg muscles.

ON a happier note, got some good news from hubby yesterday when I called to tell him our trip is delayed one day because the plane failed inspection (gulp!!!). My last two books, Tiger and Cobra, are being translated into Russian. How cool is that?

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