Ruth is now a healthy and vibrant 15-month-old little girl, but a short 5 months ago that wasn’t the case. She was on the verge of death, suffering from severe acute malnutrition and an array of physical and medical issues.
The youngest of three children, Ruth and her siblings were born to parents who struggle with mental health. This made it almost impossible for them to care for Ruth properly. She was the victim of severe abuse at the hands of her mother, who would often forget to feed her, leave her alone in the house, and on a few occasions would even sit on Ruth. Ruth’s parents eventually abandoned her in some bushes near their house, where Ruth’s paternal grandmother (grandmothers in Uganda are called “jajja”) found her and took her in to try and give her a better life.
Unfortunately, her jajja is quite advanced in age and is unable to care for Ruth and her ailments. On one specific trip to the local hospital, the head nurse, who knew of Love One International and the care we offer to children, decided to speak to Ruth’s jajja and asked if she would be willing to accept help from Love One.
Thankfully, Ruth’s jajja agreed and on January 21, 2022, Ruth was admitted to the Love One Center for nutritional and rehabilitative care after her discharge from the hospital. When she arrived she weighed 9.7 lbs., and she was not only frail in body, but in spirit as well. She has since received loving care from our doctors, nutritionists, child care assistants, and nurses. The team at The Love One Center focuses on individualized plans meant to help each child thrive both in and outside the Center. We not only invest in Ruth’s physical recovery but also in her spiritual, emotional, and holistic wellbeing! While she is healing her jajja has been coming to our parental training sessions where she is learning about how she can help Ruth stay healthy once she is ready to be resettled into her home!
We are proud to share, that not only has her demeanor changed dramatically but she weighs almost 15lbs.! She is now a happy little girl who has a great appetite, and can sit, crawl and interact with the other children!
Ruth will stay at the Center until she completely recovers from malnourishment. Her stay at The Love Once Center is longer than typical but necessary as we work to find another family member to come alongside her jajja to help care for Ruth.
We are grateful for your partnership in ministry. With your help we are able to work with children like Ruth, her jajja and the community that will help Ruth become a thriving little girl.
We will continue to update her story as she heals!