Wednesday, April 30, 2008

An Unusual and Special Mother's Day Gift Idea

I am copying this from David and Linda Gregersen's blog:

"We would like to suggest a mother's day gift that can make a difference for mothers and children in Zambia. A donation of $10 will purchase two Clean Delivery Kits (CDKs). These will be given to expectant mothers during Zambia Medical Mission this summer and throughout the year at Namwianga Rural Health Center. We will be targeting mothers who will not have access to a hospital or other health facility for delivery.

Each year about 60 million women in developing countries give birth with only the help of an untrained attendant or family member or with no help at all. Many of these deliveries take place at home and often in a small hut in a remote village. The infection rate is high, with some 1600 women per day dying from complications associated with pregnancy or childbirth, according to the World Health Organization. Many of these infections can be avoided when Clean Delivery Kits (CDKs) are used. Each kit includes the following supplies: bar of soap, square yard of plastic sheeting, razor blade and string for the umbilical cord, cotton cloth to wrap baby, candle and matches, pain relievers, vitamins, disposable gloves, and sealed bag for packaging.

We are making a special drive for Mother's Day by encouraging family and friends to donate to Zambia Mission in honor of their mother or special friend. A personal note will be sent to inform each recipient of her gift. If you are interested, please make checks to Zambia Mission and send them to the following address: Zambia Mission, 658 E. N. 21st Street, Abilene, TX 79601. Mother's Day is May 11, so please send in your requests as soon as possible. "

I would encourage any of you that can to support this cause. The Zambian people are wonderful people, but most of the rural population live in what we would call "primitive" conditions. Even little things like this can save lives.

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