Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. We have been establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992, and to date more than 12,000 babies have been delivered free of charge for the poorest of the poor in Mercy In Action's Birth Centers, and literally tens of thousands of lives have been helped and healed in the medical outreaches. Mercy In Acton also teaches clinical internships, seminars and training retreats to prepare midwives, medics and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary chil...
Nov 19, 2014

Matching Money available to help Typhoon Victims

Dear wonderful supporters,

GlobalGiving has been so very supportive and helpful to those of us working in the disaster zone caused by the world's biggest storm to ever make landfall last November 8th in the Philippines. You are know about Typhoon Haiyan, called Yolanda in our country.

Now they have a donor who is matching all donations 100% while funds last. As of today, there is still $22,000 in this fund, just waiting to go to one of the worthy projects GlobalGiving supports. Mercy In Action qualifies! 

Mercy In Action is eligible for this matching money, but we need your help. If you were planning to make a generous year- end donation, would you consider doing it now so that your money can go TWICE AS FAR?

Last November through January, we delivered babies in tents and cared for over 3,000 pateints with wounds. This September, we completed the rebuilting of a clinic and birth center. This coming December, I will be going back down to ground zero to give birth equipment and life-saving supplies to 12 area midwives, who with the help of Mercy In Action are getting back on their feet.

Help us help them even more, by giving a generous donation now that will be matched 100%. God bless you as we again enter the Holiday Season, this year with much more hope for the future.

"Whoever is kind to the needy honors God"  Proverbs 14:31

Love,

Vicki

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Oct 21, 2014

Amid Destruction, Midwives Bring Life

This past year, Mercy In Action midwives were called up to step up above and beyond the normal call of duty, when we divided our attentions between our permanent Birth Center in Olongapo, on Luzon Island, and our disaster response tents on Leyte Island. This was in response to the largest storm the world has ever seen-Super Typhoon Haiyan, known as Yolanda here in the Philippines.  

Because of monitary gifts from UCLA students to Global Giving, Mercy In Action was able to mount a disaster response to help the survivors of  Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda.  From last November through Feb 1 of this year, we set up tents to provide both maternity care and emergency medical care for the victums of that horrific natural disaster. 

Jen Bunquin, a Registered Midwife, was one of the Mercy In Action midwives who lived in tents for six weeks to deliver babies at ground zero of that disaster zone. “There were lots of complications (for the mothers),” Bunquin, said. “You can feel the trauma in their hearts. They were scared.”

Here is a breakdown of the medical and maternity care Mercy In Action staff provided during the disaster response:

Total Documented Medical Encounters: 3,616 patients in 65 days!

- Total Deliveries: 116
- Total Primary Health and Wound Care: 1,532
- Total Breastfeeding women fed in ongoing feeding program: 648
- Total pregnant women examined and fed in ongoing prenatal care: 367

Equally important were the midwives we left at home, In Olongapo. Cecille Manaois was one of th Registered Midwives who stayed behind. "Someone needs to hold things together here", Manaois said. 

 

Three reporters for the UCLA Bruins Newspaper in California came to the Philippines to  interview us and report on how that Global Giving money was spent.  They wrote a wonderful set of six stories, two of which featured the work of Mercy In Action and the midwives we work with. Please open the link in this report and read the news stories they published. 

Blessings and thanks for all our donors do to keep our permanent and our disaster response teams functioning at top levels to give the best maternity care anywhere in the Philippines! 

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Oct 21, 2014

A Second Chance for Mothers in the Disaster

Nine moths after Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda slammed into the Philippines, destroying most of the health centers, Mercy In Action was so very happy to be able to see one Clinic and Birth Center open again. In September, I attended the grand opening of the Cumpio Clinic in the very heart of the disaster zone in the community of Tanauan, Leyte Island.

Through the gifts of Global Giving, we were able to rebuild and stock this Clinic and Birth Center on the site where it was destroyed in last year's typhoon. 

Tanauan was one of the hardest hit areas by the storm. In an area where it was needed most, Nerissa Cumpio and her family group practice of Registered Midwives were given a Second Chance to serve their hurting community.

Last November, a local woman named Sheila* experienced an unimaginable nightmare... her small baby was washed out of her arms and drowned during the peak of the storm surge. Months later, Sheila had a dream, and went to Nerissa to say "I had a dream, and saw myself giving birth in your new rebuilt Birth Center" (this was when Nerissa's former clinic was smashed into a big rubble pile.) The dream turned out to be prophetic, because Sheila is pregnant again, and planning to give birth in the newly rebuild Birth Center. She has a Second Chance.

At the grand opening ceremony, I was asked to give a speech and a dedication prayer. I said these words: "Every time a neighbor walks by this beautiful building, every time a pregnant mother has a safe place to come for prenatal check ups, every time a baby is born in this bright, clean, newly rebuilt Birth Center, we will remember the mercy of God."

Thank you for the role you played in this Second Chance for this group of midwives and the pregnant mothers in the disaster zone. Since the grand opening, many babies have already been born in this new Birth Center. The Second Chances are happening, one by one, rebuilding the community with hope and love.

*Names of patients are always changed to protect their privacy and dignity.

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