Monday, August 3, 2015
Sunday, August 2, 2015
|The hospital where K will have his surgery.|
Monday, July 27, 2015
|Surgery Postponed :(|
Sunday, July 19, 2015
|Baby I waiting to have surgery to repair his cleft lip this coming week (we think).|
We have an urgent need of $20,000 by the end of July! The summer has been a little slow with funds coming in and we need money for salaries and 2 surgeries that are coming up soon. We will keep you updated on how this is going with a thermometer like this one on the webpage (www.casadeamor.org). Thank you so much for any help you can give. To donate, click Here.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Saturday, December 6, 2014
This week has been full of anniversary preparations and activities to celebrate the milestone! On December 3rd, we were blessed to be able to celebrate in government facilities downtown on our pretty main plaza. Here are a few pictures of that morning!
Many, MANY thanks to all of our faithful supporters who have made these ten years not only possible but so wonderful!!
Links to other blog posts and great pictures of our 10th anniversary celebration:
The Booher Family
Monday, July 28, 2014
Thursday, July 24, 2014
E was sent to a room at 3:30pm and slept alright last night, but this morning was in a lot of pain again.
He must be doing pretty well, because even though the surgeon said he thought he would be hospitalized 3 days, he might be released tomorrow, Friday!
Thanks so much to everyone who is praying...and giving!
The current donation count stands at $2,114, from 10 donors living in 4 different countries (US, UK, NZ, and Denmark).
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Here are a couple recent pictures:
We're in the thick of surgery prep again though, this time for baby E (10 1/2 months). Since his arrival in February, he gets sick, then sicker. After many tests and a hospital stay, he comes home - sick. Then he gets sicker. And sicker! Back to the hospital, home sick. Repeat!
He has been diagnosed with several different infections this year, but mainly develops respiratory infections. Cold and cough type viruses are very common both in Cochabamba (3rd most polluted city in South America) and the Baby Home (the babies and staff pass colds around), but E seemed to have trouble to an unusual extent.
It has been so frustrating for our staff and volunteers doing their best, around the clock, to help this baby, and see him still suffering!
Finally, after numerous visits to many doctors, including two of the best pediatricians in town, a special study was done and E was diagnosed with severe acid reflux. He doesn't throw up to a large degree, but it's almost worse that he doesn't! The milk we give him goes back into his right lung every time he eats.
Earlier this month, we were told that he needed the surgery as soon as he was somewhat well again, preferably within a month's time. At that point he was receiving IV meds for pneumonia every 12 hours and STILL not improving. Finally, it just became too urgent, as his esophagus is compromised due to the terrible reflux.
Baby E. will be admitted to the best clinic in our city TOMORROW morning, Wednesday, July 24, and operated on an hour later.
Please pray for wisdom for the doctors, for peace and comfort for baby E., compassion and patience for those staying with him night and day, and for the rest of the funds to come in!!
Maria, our health coordinator, has estimated needing $3,000 to cover the surgery, even with the surgeon donating his time. Since posting the need on our Facebook page, $875 has come in through 3 donors (sending from Denmark, Ireland, and the US) via paypal. That's a great start but we need more!
Please let us know if you have any questions!
Sunday, June 1, 2014
Now, nearly 10 years after receiving our first child, Casa de Amor is blessed with friends far and wide!
Some of our biggest cheerleaders are former volunteers who have seen and experienced our ministry in Bolivia firsthand. (Most of baby D's heart surgery donors were former volunteers, as I mentioned I this post.)
Friends Savannah and Kristin of Nashville, Tennessee, have set up a neighborhood glass recycling program that funnels donations to our children. See the website of ¡Muchas Glassias! for more information and Savannah's wonderful pictures. Their regular donations have provided everything from a refrigerator for the new girl's home to Christmas baskets for our staff.
My parents are also pretty awesome cheerleaders! They met Josh and April Samuels at their church. The Samuels have begun ellajude, a beautiful line of handcrafted jewelry. A percentage of their profits blesses Casa de Amor Children's Homes. Their first two donations have come at crucial times of need for us!
On behalf of our staff and children, thank you so much to these very creative supporters!
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Saturday, May 17, 2014
WE HAVE A SURGERY DATE!!!
We bailed him out one week later with a nasty cough and more meds, but he’s been doing very well under Elizabeth (and now Katrina Culmer’s) diligent care.
Tia Maria has also given her all these past months.
For those of you who have been waiting for information on donating blood, we think that’s taken care of for now! The doctors have changed their minds and say we only need 1 or 2 donors. We can easily reach that goal amongst our staff. More helpful at this point would be volunteers to stay at Daniel’s bedside before and after the surgery.
Thank you for your prayers and support! We are nearing the goal of a healthy baby! :)
Monday, May 5, 2014
Yesterday he woke up with discharge clouding his eyes, and as the volunteer and I talked about him, he coughing hoarsely.
Oh, the disappointment! This morning I sensed defeat in the voice of Maria, our over-worked health coordinator. The doctor gave him three medications and ordered lab work.
Maria has been unable to reach the heart surgeon to learn what happens now.
Please pray for God's perfect timing in all of this!!!
In other news, I just did a fresh tally of the finances that have come in specifically for this surgery.
Some interesting stats about the donations:
ELEVEN separate donors (some have given multiple times)
SIX different countries: US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and United Kingdom
EIGHT donors are former volunteers, and ONE donor will volunteer later this year
Average donation amount per donor: $400!
Thank you to everyone who has given so sacrificially! I hope to report back with good news SOON.