Joshua's Story: Neply commUNITY wraps around newborn after mother's tragic death

Updated: Jun 4

Baby Joshua and his Godmother turned new forever mother, Lentiny. (March 16, 2021)

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Joshua was born on March 3, 2021 to a young mother with two other small children, ages two and seven. myLIFEspeaks supported and empowered Joshua’s mom throughout her unexpected pregnancy by providing nutrition, prayers, and prenatal care at LIFE Clinic.

Joshua’s mom lived in a neighboring village to Neply, called Anba Pê, but came to myLIFEspeaks daily and soon became a key part of our village commUNITY.

She had gone from initially begging us to take her baby to making progress and feeling more empowered with the help of the myLIFEspeaks family. Tragically, when it came time to give birth she delivered Joshua and then started hemorrhaging and passed away: leaving behind a newborn and two other young children with no immediate family nearby.

The wife of one of the pastors here in Neply is apparently a distant family member and we took her to the hospital to get the baby. She brought Baby Joshua to LIFE Clinic for assessment and we began to see what family (if we could locate any, because mom had always said she had no one) could help with the kids.

At the time, the seven-year-old daughter was with mom’s cousin in nearby Anba Pê and the little boy was here in the office with us. We grieved for the loss of our friend and member of our commUNITY but also for her three young children who lost their mother.