Newsletter Feb-May 2020
A tough time for everyone during COVID-19, however, we are surviving well, thanks to the continued support from all our friends, sponsors and donors. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!
Returning home to Mummy and Daddy
Meet Daniel and Geby, one of JOS true success stories! These gorgeous siblings had been living at Jodie O’Shea House (JOS) since 2015; their dad was unemployed and their mother had deserted the family. With no extended family in Bali to seek support from, confused and worried, he decided to seek refuge for them at JOS.
Initially devastated to have to been separated from the children, Dad was determined to get a proper job and make sure that separation from the children was only temporary. In the meantime, Daniel and Geby were visited by their father almost every weekend and sometimes taken back to spend a weekend at home. Now their father finally has a permanent job and has re-married, he is finally able to take his children back to the family home.
JOS remains in regular contact with Geby and Daniel, ensuring they are happy, healthy, well-cared for, enjoying school and most importantly, secure and loved. We are proud to be ready for children in need, and very grateful to all of our supporters who help us to in turn, help them.
A very scary time for a lovely young man
Yehzekiel, currently in our care, had a high fever for 3 days last month. The local doctor diagnosed him with typhoid, but thankfully his blood test result was negative. He continued to run quite a high fever for the next 2 days and his medication didn’t seem to be sufficiently effective, so we took him to the hospital emergency room and were immediately referred to a Covid-19 centre. I’m sure you can easily imagine how worried we were for him.
Thank goodness, he also tested negative. However, due to the current situation, Yehzekiel was still required to self-isolate for 14 days in a dedicated sick bay at JOS. He ate regularly but still lost significant weight during this period, which was also a big concern for us. After his 14 days in isolation was completed, we got him probiotic drinks and protein supplements to help him regain his previously robust health, and he gained back the 6kg lost over the next three weeks. We could never provide this kind of care and attention without the generosity of our supporters.
Teenagers Play Room
Our three Interns from Denmark have just completed building and setting up a much-needed ‘Teenagers’ room’ for 13 years plus children; to enable them to chillax and enjoy their spare time by playing pool, Play station, and enjoying music. JOS children are the same as any others, and this fits well with our determined commitment to provide the very best possible new start for those in our care. This project finished as Covid-19 started and has been really HUGELY important for our older kids during this extended lockdown period.
THANK YOU WITH ALL OUR HEARTS - STINNE, RIKKE, MATHIAS!
THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR HEROES
Since 16 March 2020, all JOS children have been studying from home due to Covid-19.
This has been such a challenging time as we were unable to accept all the wonderful visitors who usually bring food donations. There was also a big decrease in visitors in the month or so preceding lockdown. We are now in desperate need of food supplies.
A BIG THANKS to all of the donors, sponsors and friends who have continued to help us to continue to provide and care for all Jodie O’Shea children. We apologise we cannot mention every single one of you, but must mention that all of your donations make a HUGE difference for the JOS children.
Our tax-deductible COVID fundraiser
If you are able to give, we’ve started a fundraiser on Raisely which is also tax deductible for people in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. Please share with your friends and family: http://www.gdg.org.au/J887NCovid
We thank you from the bottom of your hearts!
Thank you to our major sponsors:
Your donations and efforts to support our home are always appreciated, and needed. Tax deductible donations can be made now thanks to our partnership with Global Development Group:
AU Credit card: www.gdg.org.au/GiveToJ887N
AU PayPal: www.gdg.org.au/PayPalJ887N
US PayPal: www.gdgusa.org/GiveToJ887N
Tax deductible receipts for gifts over $2 with a preference for this approved development project will be issued by Global Development Group (ABN 57102400993) for project J887N. Excess funds may be directed to another approved activity. Please note, no non-development (evangelistic, political or welfare) activities are a part of, or funded by, GDG projects. More information: www.gdg.org.au
THANK YOU AGAIN TO OUR SUPPORTERS
Thank you to everyone who supports us in so many different ways we are eternally grateful.
If you have any enquiries please email Ira directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of love
Jodie O’Shea House Team xxx
May we continue to bring light into the lives of our children"