It is our pleasure to introduce you to Carolina. Carolina is a US midwife who served as COHI’s Texas Borderlands Coordinator this past summer while we were expanding our work caring for separated families, to span 1000 miles of US/Mexico borderlands. She was on the front lines of some of the hardest of our work over the last few months. It was really, really hard work on us all personally and professionally and her leadership was such a tremendous asset.
Want to know more about what we did for families along the US/Mexico border this year? Watch the video and hear about our shared impact directly from Carolina!
Another earthquake and tsunami ravaged Indonesia in late December 2018, exacerbating the already vulnerable health care and social service ecosystems in place to care for mothers and babies. COHI is in communication with our long term collaborators Bumi Sehat. COHI began our working relationship with them after Typhoon Haiyan hit The Philippines. Bumi Sehat is a locally based, women-run organization that COHI has supported through funds, supplies, and the placement of volunteer midwives as they need them. COHI will continue to follow their lead on the emerging needs as they organize and mobilize to care for mothers and babies in Indonesia.
Dec 22, 2018
COHI's 2018 Hurricane Impact: Hurricane Maria
By Sera Bonds - CEO/Founder
Meet Vanessa, a changemaker in Puerto Rico
It is our pleasure to introduce you to Vanessa, the founder of COHI’s partner in Puerto Rico, CentroMAM. CentroMAM is an organization we are so proud to support, as they lead the way on the island toward positioning Puerto Rican women as leaders in the long recovery from Hurricane Maria.
Vanessa and CentroMAM have truly made lemonade out of lemons. Puerto Rico has one of the highest maternal and infant death rates in the US and one of the highest cesarean section rates. CentroMAM is leading the way on the island in changing the health care system by training Puerto Rican doulas to care for Puerto Rican families and by providing the island’s premiere birth center, where families have a choice and some control over the kind of care they receive.
But don’t take my word for it. Want to know more about what our work looked like as we responded to Hurricane Maria? Watch the video and hear about our shared impact directly from Vanessa herself.