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...
Jan 20, 2015

Helping Babies Breathe/Helping Mothers Survive

Helping Mother
Helping Mother's Survive Training

This week Mercy In Action added value to numerous birth centers and midwives in the Olongapo area by hosting a training in two new global programs to improve maternity outcomes surrounding childbirth: Helping Babies Breathe, and Helping Mother's Survive.

Trainers from America came to teach alongside the Mercy In Action staff, and participants came from our local area and from other islands in the Philippines.

The training was simple to understand, and was undergirded by practice sessions with dolls and birth simulators.

While the training was going on, babies were being born in our birth center, and women were coming to be seen for prenatal check ups. I love that all the midwives of Mercy In Action are so committed to excellence that they willingly attend every training we sponsor, and then immediately put that new evidence-based learning into practice. 

One of the participants said "This course really gave me confidence that I could save the life of a baby born not breathing, and I can save a woman from dying if she bleeds too much after giving birth".

We were all tired but very happy when the training ended after 10 days, sure that we now have even more skills and knowledge to save the lives and guard the health and well-being of Mothers and Babies in our care.

Helping Babies Breathe Training
Helping Babies Breathe Training
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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