Meet the Newest Children at Chitipi Farm!

05/01/13

Alefa's face bursts into a smile as she shakes her hips to the music. It is the monthly birthday celebration at the Chitipi Farm Children's Home, and she's in the center doing her favorite thing—dancing.

 
 
Just months before, the four-year-old Malawian girl was lying in a hospital bed on the brink of death, with no mother or father by her side. Alefa lost her mother when she was just one year old. Ever since that day, Alefa literally struggled to survive. Living in a child-headed household with her two brothers, Alefa never got enough to eat, and was constantly sick. 
 
But it was this last bout with illness that changed everything for Alefa. The local charity that cared for her while she was alone in the hospital recognized that Alefa's life would be in danger if she didn't find long-term care. And so they contacted Malawian Social Services, who referred her to Children of the Nations.
 
Because of people like you, who sponsor children and support COTN's Children's Homes and other ministries in Malawi, there was a place for Alefa and her brother Madalitso in the COTN family. Alefa and Madalitso came to live at the Chitipi Farm Children's Home, a family-style home for orphaned children, in February.  When she arrived, the tiny four-year-old looked much younger, due to malnutrition and illness. 
 
When Alefa first came to Children of the Nations, she had experienced years of malnutrition and illness.
 
The children were quiet when they arrived, slowly taking in their new surrounding—real beds with sheets and blankets, food in abundance, and house parents who play with them, love them, and provide for them. 
 
Alefa and her brother Madalitso are now in a place where they can smile.
                   Alefa and her brother Madalitso are now in a place where they can smile and be children again. 
 
But it wasn't long before Madalitso had a best friend. Drew is his new "brother" in the COTN family, and the two are almost inseparable. Alefa was slower to warm up, but as her health has been steadily improving, so have her spirits. She loves playing with dolls and dancing. She says she would like to become a nurse when she grows up, so that she can care for children in need—like she once was. 
 
You can help children in need like Alefa, and change a life forever! Sponsor a child in Africa or the Caribbean today!
 

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