Please excuse the week-long blogging break. Sometimes life gets so busy that I can’t keep up with everything! I’m sure you understand. I’m back though and have a LONG list of things to blog about. :)
Shockingly, one in eight Haitian children dies before the age of five, and their maternal mortality rate is 1,400 deaths for every 100,000 –a reflection of the fact that the majority of the population lives in poverty/on less than a dollar a day. Only one in every 10,000 Haitians has access to a physician.
Back in September, Ashley hosted a pad party that helped make a difference in the lives of hundreds of African women. Well, we had about 50 hand-sewn bags left-over from then that needed another good purpose.
Leave to it Ashley, whose heart I really admire, to find another project that would benefit more ladies in yet another part of the world. I just love when I get emails from her asking for help with another project. She encourages and challenges me to live out my faith, and these projects are the perfect opportunity to do so.
Together with Craft Hope, we were asked to assemble safe birthing kits to benefit Konbit Sante (a health partnership in Haiti) and ultimately, women in Haiti. The kits will help to reduce mortality rates of both mothers and babies.
Together, we gathered these supplies to put in each hand-sewn bag, inside of a gallon sized zip lock bag:
- 1 small bar of soap
- 1 piece of clean plastic sheeting (3 feet wide by 4 feet long)
- 1 piece of clean string, 24 inches long
- 1 packet alcohol wipe
- 1 set of sterile latex gloves
- 1 packet (or travel container) Purelle
- receiving blanket–36 inches square (some we bought, some we made)
- small “stuffy” toy
So simple for us, right? Yet so life changing. These supplies can make the difference between life or death during and after the birthing process. Again, something we take for granted in America.
Thank you Ashley, for taking the lead.
If you want to participate with Craft Hope – Project 11 – you have until March 1st. Click over to read more from Craft Hope.
The completed bags, ready to be shipped:
Last week, Ashley invited a group of women into her home for an evening devoted to helping others. Specifically, women across in the world who do not have certain things that we take for granted here in America. Something we think is as simple as menstrual products for our monthly cycle can actually be life changing. To some women in Africa, their reality is missing out on school and living with infections because they simply do not have these supplies. Continue reading “Pad (Bag) Party”