One Family, Many Voices: Happy New Year - Midwives For Haiti

One Family, Many Voices: Happy New Year

Dear Ones,

Thank you so much to all who contributed to our End-Of-Year fundraising campaign! With your help, we were able to raise $128,400 to help continue our extensive programming and service delivery. We are so grateful for your help, and we are honored by your trust in us.

The New Year started off right for our students, with all of them passing their latest exam, this one concerning newborn health. We offer our huge congrats to our students who have done so well with everything this year. They stayed engaged throughout the break with our Head Teacher Miss Limone, Education Director Daisy, and Clinical Director Perrine helping to guide them through distance learning activities. We are so grateful to long time volunteer Sarah Taylor for arranging a donation of tablets at the beginning of the school year. Little did we know just how important they would come to be! We are on track for the current class to graduate in autumn of this year, and then we will be welcoming Class 12. With over 85% of our former students either employed or in school for further higher education, Class 11’s future looks very bright indeed!

We have begun Matwon Training! This five month long course is for traditional birth attendants mainly working in rural areas. Unfortunately, we were unable to provide this for most of 2020 due to Covid restrictions, so we are delighted to be back on track. In the training, we share our knowledge of healthy and compassionate care and they share their experience and stories with us. We also conduct continuing education for those who have taken the course previously, providing clean delivery kits for their clients, and a travel stipend.

When Covid first hit, many women were afraid to come to the hospitals and birth centers for fear of the virus. Our matwon colleagues found themselves with more births than ever, and we are delighted that we were able to provide PPE and supplies to help them with this increased demand. Over 1000 babies were caught by these traditional practitioners, a 24.5% increase over 2019! We so value our relationships with our matwon colleagues!

As the vaccine rollouts across the world continue, we look forward to the time when we can return safely to our beloved Haiti. We know so many of you are missing it as well. Please keep in touch with us via social media, and we can’t wait to see you all as soon as it is prudent to travel. We miss you!

Love always,

Jane Drichta
Executive Director
Midwives for Haiti

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