This is a post for all who generously donated earlier this year at my baby shower. We collected money, some of which was donated directly to Watoto, and some of which we were planning to use to send the clothes and toys and other things people had donated to Watoto.
In the end, we were unable to send anything by mail, because it was VERY expensive! Instead, the donations are being brought here in October by a Watoto build team from Melbourne. That left us with a few hundred dollars to spare. Instead of donating it to Watoto as well, we decided to hold onto it to see what needs would arise.
When I arrived at Amani, I found that they were not sterilising the babies’ bottles. They would pour hot water over them, but this does not actually do much, as the temperature needs to be at least above 100 degrees to sterilise. I introduced cold bleach sterilisation, but this isn’t really ideal.
In the end, my mum was able to buy a steam steriliser very inexpensively on Gumtree, and posted it here to us, using the money that everyone kindly donated.
It arrived last week!
I am SO happy that we can finally safely clean the babies bottles, and the mamas are very pleased with their new toy. It is already making their job easier. They have just recently started using a washing machine in the babies’ room, and also a food processor. Mama Dorothy commented, ‘We are becoming very modern here at Amani, with all these new machines!’
Above is Mama Esther and Mama Dorothy (and Joan) showing off their new steriliser. When I said that it had been donated to us by my family and friends, Mama Dorothy said ‘May God bless them!’ They are so grateful for your support, and so am I.
(Our babies’ bottoms are also very grateful for the Sudocrem that also came in the parcel, it’s the best thing ever for nappy rash!)