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Pregnant moms need mama kits for safety and health of newborn babies

Women in the remote villages, where our partner churches are located, have been making us aware of the struggles they face when it’s time to give birth. They say things like:

  • The hospital staff will turn me away unless I bring my own supplies, like surgical gloves.
  • Giving birth at home is scary and I have no clean towels or materials.
  • The hospital is 30 miles away, I have no time to walk there, and taking a bicycle is hard on me when I am going into labor.
  • I have no clothes or extra blankets for the baby.

No wonder the statistics about childbirth in developing countries are so bleak. Did you know 99% of all maternal deaths occur in developing countries?

To learn more about the risks and challenges—and how preventable many of them are—You can download our infographic on being Poor and Pregnant here.

The churches we partner with in these villages wanted a solution to help these mothers safely give birth and increase the health of mother and child. So together we came up with two kits, one for the mother and one for the newborn child.

The Mama Kit for the birthing process includes items like surgical gloves for the midwife, a clean razor blade for cutting the umbilical cord, gauze and more. There is also a new baby kit, with blankets and clothes. Both kits are needed. They cost $25 each.

Will you help us by providing as many kits as you are able?

We could use 500 Mama Kits over the coming few months, but every single one is a blessing to the mother who does not have to give birth without it. (Hey, are you willing to take a few seconds to help spread the word by sharing our Facebook page? I would be so grateful.)

Aminah is a woman expecting to give birth in December. Her first three children were born at the main hospital, but those experiences were not good. In Uganda, if a woman doesn’t bring her own medical supplies to the hospital for the delivery, the nurses may send her home or refuse to help her.

After three babies, though, there was yet another factor that made Aminah reconsider where she would give birth to future children: Aminah had to travel the long distance from her village to the hospital, on the back of a bicycle, while in labor. 

Can you even imagine?

Aminah ultimately decided to give birth to her fourth child at home. But giving birth at home has its own risks. A dirt floor, finding and paying a trained midwife to help with the birth, risk of infection, and always wondering, “What if something goes wrong?”

Pray for Aminah and others like her in Africa and around the world. And if led to help, please give all you are able.

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Churches in Bolivia receive training to impact the poor!

In Bolivia, it is rare for pastors and volunteer leaders to receive training or practical Bible education for one of two reasons – they either lack the funds to further their education or they lack the ability to travel the long distances to where good church training programs are offered.

Bright Hope’s Ministerial Development Program (MDP) however, equips church leaders in poor communities, right where they live. Currently 125 churches are participating, and hundreds of leaders have already been through the program.

“The subjects we decide to teach in this MDP were chosen because of our many years of listening to the church and understanding what their needs were,” said Carlos Sinani, a church coordinator in Bolivia.

“…we were ready to provide church leaders lessons on the topics they really need to learn the most.”

“With the Ministry of Development Program…now we can reach more churches and help far more of the poorest people,” Carlos said, “through the local church.”

While more than 200 participants have benefited from this course in five communities in need, Bright Hope wants to extend the program to to reach additional areas as well.

“I am so grateful that there’s such a great organization like Bright Hope who is helping Christian leaders in Bolivia, to learn more, and to serve our nation for Jesus Christ,” said Maria*, a church volunteer and MDG participant.

“Bright Hope is teaching us to live very integral lives… to give accountability to others, and to take care of our neighbors and watch out for their well-being.”

Your generous donation of $50, when combined with gifts from fellow Allies, can help make this life-changing training and other urgent Bright Hope programs possible.

With your partnership, pastors and volunteers will have the tools to better address their neighbor’s challenges, like domestic violence, school drop-out rates and the need to protect kids from violent households.

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