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...
Feb 18, 2015

Finally, a home-15 months after Typhoon

Nerissa
Nerissa's family in front of rebuilt birth clinic

"Dear ma'am Vicki and Sir Scott,
We will not be tired of saying THANK YOU.
Love from Alexander and Nerissa"

This is the email I received this morning, as Nerissa and Alexander begin building a second floor onto the clinic and birthing home Mercy In Action rebuilt for them last year with help from Global Giving. This will now be a home for them and their two young girls, who were so horribly traumatized by the destruction of their home in the Super Typhoon over a year ago. Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda, and declared to be the world's strongest storm to make landfall ever, smashed their home and their family run clinic and birth center into a pile of rubble last November 8, 2013.

When we offered help last year, Nerissa asked for the clinic first, With your help, we opened the Cumpio Clinic again in September of 2014. Nerissa and her family wanted to be able to serve the community with maternity medical care, before they even began to hope that they themselves would have a house again.

And so they have been living in a tent or crowded temporary housing for the past 15 months.

With your help, Mercy In Action made an immediate disaster response 15 months ago, setting up tents to deliver babies and treat wounds, food programs to get urgently needed nutrition to pregnant and breastfeeding women, and trauma healing ministry to the survivors, especially the young children. Then, again with your help, we began to help rebuild the health care structures damaged or destroyed, and trained and equipped midwives to get back on their feet. In December of last year, we distributed new birth bags to a dozen local area midwives.

But I always felt the disaster work we were called to do was not over yet.

Today we begin building the second floor of the beautiful clinic into a permanent home for the midwife we have come to love and respect so much, Nerissa Cumpio.

It is my turn to say to all of you supporters and donors, "I will not be tired of saying THANK YOU" to you! Thanks be to God for such good friends when the storms of life hit....

--

Vicki Penwell, LM,CPM, MSM, MA
Founder and Executive Director
Mercy In Action Vineyard, Inc
www.mercyinaction.org

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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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