Matching Gift--Grace Community Birth Center, Haiti
Your gift is doubled until the match is met!
An appeal from SowHope's President & CEO, Mary Dailey Brown:
You have a monumental opportunity to be a part of something great. In our summer newsletter and again at our annual Gala, we introduced Ninotte and her dream of building a birth center to serve the 30,000 inhabitants of the Terrier Rouge region in Northeast Haiti. This project targets women of whom 75% live on $2.41/day, aiming to lower Haiti’s maternal mortality rate, which is 25 times higher than in the US.
We are excited to announce that you can help make this dream a reality. We are partnering with Dance of Life Midwifery in Traverse City, Michigan, to present a $20,000 matching gift toward the building of this much anticipated birth center. With the target of Spring 2019 to begin construction fast approaching, we need your support today.
Haiti has some of the highest poverty rates, highest maternal and infant mortality rates, and highest birth rates in the Western Hemisphere. Yet, in the Terrier Rouge region, women are more than 30 kilometers from the closest hospital, with no realistic access to prenatal, maternity, or postpartum care in safe and sterile conditions. Ninotte, a local Haitian and certified midwife, is committed to help solve these issues by providing care for women and infants inside of the new birth center. Your generous gift would expedite this aspiration.
In 2016, Ninotte was gifted a piece of land by a local businessman who was impressed with her vision and tenacity. This is the piece of land on which the birth center is to be built. In preparation for the new building, she has conducted community meetings to inform residents of the goals of the project and to obtain feedback on community needs. Ninotte has also been leading sex education seminars and Traditional Birth Assistants training, as well as providing midwifery services out of a community center or even in-home, if necessary.
With your support, SowHope has already donated birthing supplies, such as a Doppler, an adult scale, an infant scale, a hemoglobin meter, a suturing kit, a blood pressure cuff kit, a head lamp, a bed for consultation, sheets and towels, gloves, and other miscellaneous supplies. These supplies are projected to serve 100-200 women even before the birth center is completed. The targeted completion date of the birth center build is late 2019.
The strategy of partnering with local leaders who use local solutions to solve local problems is a sustainable model that the Grace Birth Center project will follow. Even with limited funds, the work of each of our partners has proven to be extremely successful, empowering many women to learn skills, own businesses, and achieve prosperity they hadn’t been able to even hope for in the past. We believe the best way to alleviate poverty is through sustainable development by empowering local communities with tools, resources, and knowledge to produce sustainable results.
Today, I am asking you to consider giving a gift towards the $20,000 matching gift to construct the Grace Community Birth Center.
Mary Dailey Brown
Mary Dailey Brown
President & CEO
P.S. Please consider making as generous a gift as you can. Remember that your donation will be doubled!