Saturday, July 28, 2012

Little Linet

Hello friends and fellow bloggers,

The last time I wrote you about little Linet she had been taken to hospital.  You might remember Little Linet is the girl with a cleft palate. Her family is not able to afford hospital care.

This photo shows Linet as a toddler when Jonah first started helping her with doctor visits and food.

My friend Jonah, in Kenya, first helped this little one because she couldn't eat. Somehow by the grace of God, the baby was able to start eating after medical attention and she gained weight. However she has been having  many problems and is now malnourished.

She went to hospital again a few weeks ago and the doctors took out her long front teeth, administered oral hygiene and tended to her  mouth wounds.  She is now on a strict diet which the mother cannot afford to purchase for her little girl. She needs our help.

This is Linet (standing) with her mother on her way to see doctor at mission hospital.

We still need to cover some nominal costs of Linet's oral surgery from a few weeks ago.   At the same time, we are trying to help with special food needs and raising the funds for the cleft palate surgery. The mission hospital is not close to where Little Linet lives with her family so there are additional costs like transport, food and lodgings.

You can see the little girl's long teeth in front. These were removed.

This girl is supposed to go to the missions hospital for an evaluation as to whether she can have surgery to repair her cleft palate.  Repairing it is the only way to resolve the different medical issues she has been suffering for a few years now.  It will cost us a few hundred dollars for the medical costs, transportation (Linet, her mother and Jonah to assist them), food and follow up costs.  If we can't raise the money for her surgery, she will continue to lose weight.

The surgery we are doing is NOT through Operation Smile. I did look into that program some time ago but learned that not everyone who can get to screening will be selected for surgery.  I also learned that Operation Smile collects a donation of $240 US even though surgeon and nursing care are donated to the surgery efforts.  The $240 doesn't cover the cost of a family's transportation to get to the medical center, lodging or food costs.  I've posted this information about Operation Smile just so you have something similar with which to compare Little Linet's need.

If you can help Little Linet get the medical evaluation and the surgery she so desperately requires, you can send your donation

via Pay Pal to kerichojoy[at]

or link here at Kenya Missions of Hope for the DONATE button.

My apologies, but the links to Kenya Missions of Hope don't always work consistently.  If you have any problems at all please let me know.

Thank you so much for your understanding.


Denise said...

Praying, praying.

Jo said...

Hallo Penny, thanks for the update on little Linet. I am praying earnestly that people will open their hearts and purses to help in some - even small - way. Bless you dearest Penny for all you do for this little one and others in East Africa. (((hugs))) Jo

Jo said...

Ah no, I posted a comment but could not upload it. Sigh! Thanks for the update on little Linet. I pray that people will open their hearts and purses to help this cause. Thanks for all you do for the people of EA. Blessings and hugs Jo

Sabine Gimm said...

She is so lovely. I wish little Linet all the best.
Your blog is wonderful ♥
Many greetings Sabine

Donna Heber said...

I'm sending prayers for little Linet! Blessing to you for all you do.

Carver said...

Very touching post. I'll send out good thoughts for her.

KT said...

I think I had this same trouble in the past where the link after donate doesn't work. Do check it...

LV said...

Praying that she gets the help she needs. You are such a champion for other people. I admire that trait in you.

Vores have said...

Hello Joyful.
Touching speech, hoping that the little girl gets the help she needs.
It is a rare butterfly I show on my blog.
Wishing you a good day / good new week.
Hugs Hanne Bente

Sr Crystal Mary Lindsey said...

Hello Penny I went to the site and tried to donate and it wouldn't come up??
I will try again. I can't give much but every bit counts. xxxx

teresweetstyle said...

you made a great action, you and they deserve the best!


Joyful said...

I hope you can try again. I've been checking and testing the link. It seems to work sporadically. If you have more problems, write me directly. Thanks!

Joyful said...

KT, thanks for bringing this to my attention. We've been working on trying to correct the issue. Despite our efforts, the DONATE button works only sporadically. I've put options on my latest blog post for would be donors. Thanks again.

Brenda Green said...

Dear Friend,
My heart is breaking. this money is so small for people in the us. may God help us to help others.

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