As many of you know we have been fundraising for several months for solar panels.  We are proud to say that the construction has begun and will continue until the end of March!

The panels will be installed on top of our guest house, so one of the first tasks was to build a stair case to get on top of the roof.  Once that was finished we also built a small room to house our batteries and many of the electrical components of our power system.

In March we have two teams coming down to continue to work on this project.  The first one will be a group from Arizona helping with all of the electrical prep work.  The second group is a team of electricians from Florida who will be installing the panels.

We can not say enough how appreciative we are of everyone who helped make this dream a reality financially, and all of those who have or will help with the installation of this project!  This is something COTP has been wanting to do for a very long time and feel blessed that we now have the resources and support to complete this project.

In regards to the babies, we have only had a few changes since our last post.  We have not admitted any new children, however we have had two babies return home to their biological Families.

Discharges:

Kenlove came to COTP in June of 2010 because he was very malnourished and his Mother couldn’t take care of him.  Kenlove was very sick at the time he was admitted and spent a lot of time in the hospital.  He however has turned completely around these past few months and is doing amazing.  He went from a very tiny 10 lbs 8 month old baby, to a very large 22 pound toddler!  Kenlove was starting to take a few steps on his own right before he left.  Please pray that he does amazing in his aunt’s care and that she is able to provide for all of his needs.

Kenlove w/ his Aunt and Cousin

Daniella came to COTP when she was 8 days old, weighing 2 lbs 8 oz.  She was a tiny baby in need of so much care that her father couldn’t provide her at the time.  Her father visited often over the course of her 7 months here and was very excited when told she was finally healthy enough to be able to go home with him!  We are confident that he will do amazing with her.  She will be on the formula program for a few months so that we can continue to monitor her weight gain and ensure that she has a smooth transition home!  When she left COTP she weighed 11 pounds 12.8 oz/ 5.35 kg.

Daniella and her Father

Birthdays:

We have celebrated several birthdays here so far this month!  Givens, Lou, and Sabine all turned one and we felt beyond blessed to be able to celebrate their special days with them!  Each of them were so cute in their fancy clothes and made a mess with their cake!
Lou
Sabina
Givens Enjoyed his cake!
Staff and Volunteers:
Our new nurse, Tori, arrived last week and is learning quickly what all of her roles will be.  She is picking up Creole fast and doing a great job with all the tasks she has been giving so far!  We feel blessed to have two long term nurses here and are blessed to have these two women working with our babies and community!  Please continue to pray that Tori adjusts well and feels at home here!
At one point last week we had 22 volunteers working at COTP.  This is one of the biggest groups we have ever had, but are very thankful for all the work that they were able to get done and the attention they gave to our children!
We have several more groups and individuals coming in within the next few months!  Please pray for all these groups and the work they will do here at COTP!