This week, we’d like to help a struggling family with a seriously ill baby girl. Two years ago, the family – a mum, dad and toddler - fled Eritrea and sought asylum.
They are not allowed to work and they all sleep in one room, sharing a 2 bedroom house with another family of 4.
A year ago, they had a baby girl, Alice. But sadly, there was something terribly wrong. She had Gastroschisis, which is a birth defect of the abdominal wall. There’s a hole in Alice’s tummy which allows her intestines and other organs to extend outside of her body.
She had to have major surgery the day she was born and spent the first three months of her life in intensive care. During this time, her mum and dad spent their days travelling between looking after their two year old daughter and being with Alice in hospital (which was a huge struggle financially). When Alice finally came home, she was still very poorly. She was getting regular infections, which were not helped by their living conditions.
Alice now needs an urgent liver transplant. Her mum and sad are sick with worry and have been through more than any family should ever have to deal with.
With your help, we would love to show them some kindness. We would like to improve their home environment to make things better both for Alice when (we hope) she finally gets her operation and recuperates at home, and for her big sister who has missed out on a lot of time with her mum.
We have set up a wishlist with some things to make their one room a more liveable space... a new bigger bed (they co-sleep with their toddler), a cot for Alice, new bedding, cookware and some toys for the children. We'd also like to send them gift cards for food and clothing.
Please help if you can.