Sunday, November 16, 2008
Amanda Soule of Soule Mama fame (who I mentioned just a couple of days ago here) has started a new website called Mama to Mama. It is, in her words, "a website, gathering place and hopefully source of inspiration and action." A place where she organizes and inspires us to take small simple steps to help those in need around the world.
The first project she features is Caps to Cap Haiti Project: A Partnership with Konbit Sante. Haiti has the highest maternal mortality ratio in the Northern Hemisphere and many women give birth with no medical care. Konbit Sante is asking for our help in assembling Safe Birthing Kits to be distributed by trained birth attendants in poor areas in Haiti. These kits will include plastic sheeting, Purelle, a sterile piece of string & razor blade, and a baby cap. The kits have the potential to significantly reduce infant and maternal mortality. Does that break your heart a little bit? That just those few simple things could so dramatically improve a mother's and baby's chance at survival? Mine, too.
Anyway, our job, as mamas and friends of children, is to make and send the hats. I made six caps out of three t-shirts I would otherwise have sent to Goodwill. It took 20 minutes (probably would take someone who know what they're doing 10 minutes). If you have some old shirts and a few minutes, could I encourage you to check out the project & maybe give it a shot?