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...
May 29, 2014

The roof is going on today....

Shining happy faces of hope-Nerissa and Alex
Shining happy faces of hope-Nerissa and Alex

Today the roof is going on...

Nerissa's clinic and birth center, destroyed by Super Typhoon Haiyan 6 months ago, is, like a phoenix, rising from the ashes. Nerissa says" We are so thankful for the help. We want to work hard, we just need help!" She and her husband Alex put up a sign at the construction site, declaring that they will again be saving lives on this site. Rather than a broken memorial to a terrible tragedy, the site will once again have a birth center where mothers and babies will have a safe haven. Nerissa and Alex and their three children have been living in a tent since the storm. They do not ask for a house for themselves, only that the community clinic be rebuilt so that she can once again work in service to their neighbors.

Mercy In Action, partnered with Global Giving and each of you individually, are helping the typhoon survivors in the very best way we can at this point; by helping them rebuild their shattered lives and places of work. The birth center that was destroyed was a community-gathering place. It was an area landmark. It was the place hundreds of newborn babies took their first breath. And the patients are coming back, more each day, to gaze at the construction, to tell stories of what the clinic in their community means to them, to hope beyond hope that it will be finished in time for those who are now pregnant to be able to give birth there. Doctors Without Borders has left the community now; it is up to the locals to provide for their own health care needs again. And we need to get this safe place to give birth build and functional for the next generation.

Today the roof is going on...

We brought it this far. To complete the finish work, the doors, windows, and floor tiles, we will need your help. To furnish the inside with a birth bed, desk and chairs, to equip the clinic again with medical equipment and supplies, we need your help.

Lets do this together; lets get this place of Life and Light to the devastated community back up and running. Now is the time. The pregnant women cannot wait...

After the storm, Nerissa
After the storm, Nerissa's birth center destroyed
Signs of hope in the disaster zone
Signs of hope in the disaster zone
Declaration that lives will be saved here again
Declaration that lives will be saved here again
The roof is going on today....
The roof is going on today....
New Roof on Rebuilt Clinic-strong this time
New Roof on Rebuilt Clinic-strong this time

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Apr 25, 2014

Re-building; not glamorous, but sustainable!

Former patient visiting re-building site
Former patient visiting re-building site

Today the rebar cornerpost are in. The wood frames are going up. There is LIFE and HOPE in the rebuilding!

Today a mother stopped by the construction site with her baby who had been delivered last year in Nerissa's birth center, before it was demolished by the wind and waves of the world's largest storm in November. This mother dreams of a time when the community will once again have a safe, clean, bright and pretty clinic for pregnant women to come to.
Last November, Mercy In Action mounted an incredible Disaster Response. We loaded our ambulance in Olongapo with supplies and tents and drove (and ferried) to the island where unbelievable catastrophe has struck with Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. It was terrifying and brave and dramatic as we rushed into the ravaged countryside to bring maternity and medical care for the survivors. Thousands of patients were treated and hundreds of babies born in our make-shift tents at ground zero.

But now the time as has come to rebuild... to get the local people who survived the typhoon back on their feet.

One midwife we met in the disaster zone, Nerissa Cumpio, especially touched our hearts. She never asked for help; she just showed us her smashed birth center, and showed us pictures of what it had been before the disaster. She came to work in our tents to give her loving care to the battered survivors in the early aftermath of that terrible storm. She healed her own wounds of loss and grief as she cared for pregnant women who were hurting. Nerissa wrote me a text recently: "Thank you for the support and encouragement this is really a big help to us and to our community. I am overwhelmed. I am crying".

Mercy In Action has chosen to complete our disaster response by rebuild Nerissa's birth center. To make a lasting impact on the entire community as they recover from this immense tragedy. Lets do it together, for the survivors, for the future, for the next generation yet to be born.

Can you help? How can we work together to attract wider support for re-building this one birth center in the disaster zone? Would you be willing to tell your friends? 

Thank you for your loving concern. 

The new birth center going up in the disaster zone
The new birth center going up in the disaster zone
Architects rendition of the re-built birth center
Architects rendition of the re-built birth center
Community help to clear rubble from building site
Community help to clear rubble from building site

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Apr 25, 2014

A crisis and an Opportunity

Breath at Birth makes all the difference!
Breath at Birth makes all the difference!

The Philippines is among the top 10 countries in the world where there is great inequality in newborn deaths between the richest and poorest populations, according to Save the Children’s study entitled, Ending Newborn Deaths: Ensuring Every Baby Survives, which was launched in Manila on Friday, April 11.

“Less than 30 per cent of the babies in the poorest sector of the Philippines are delivered by a skilled birth attendant, compared to nearly 100 per cent in the richest economic bracket.” said Ned Olney, Philippine Director of Save the Children. They are asking all of us in the Philippines to give every newborn a promise of survival, which includes ensuring that every birth is attended by trained and equipped health workers, and removing user fees for all maternal, newborn and child health services, including emergency obstetric care; and

Mercy In Action is proud to say that we have highly trained midwives on staff and we have removed all barriers to care for the poorest members of society by having no user fees in our Birth Center for any of our maternity care services, including labor and delivery, prenatal check-ups, baby check-ups, and home visits after the birth. Even when life-saving drugs are needed, they are provided free of charge to the patient, thanks to the generosity of you, our donors! 

Just last week, a baby was born not breathing, who needing immediate resuscitation at birth, but thanks to the skilled care he received at Mercy In Action, he was breathing and in his mother's arms within a few minutes after birth. "Salamat Po", said the mother,over and over again, which means "Thank you" in Tagalog. "O walang anuman", said the midwives, smiling down at the happy mother and nursing baby. "It was no trouble at all".

Skilled midwives, with good emergency training, giving services at no charge to the mother, with kindness. These are the factors that make a life-saving difference. This is the opportunity Mercy In Action has here in the Philippines during this time of crisis for our newborns.

While there is a crisis in our country, we see the opportunity to be a model of what is possible, providing excellence in midwifery care for all women, regardless of income. Thank you for helping us make such a difference here in the Philippines.

Were you aware that your donation could make such a difference? 

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