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Jul 9, 2019

Haiti

We hear stories of tragedy, struggle, and loss. It may impact us for a moment but we’re able to cuddle back into our cozy lives and carry on with every day.

And while these stories can compel us to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering, there’s no stronger way to understand the need, than to see it first hand.

Nicki, Owner/CEO of Nicki’s Diapers, one of Jake’s Diapers most valued business partners, traveled along with Jake’s to visit Real Hope for Haiti, one of our Diaper Drop partners. She said while the country and people are beautiful, she was also moved by the difficult despair.

“I knew there was need. But seeing that need, holding that need, loving that need has made (the work we do) even more meaningful,” said Nicki. “I plan to go back and bring each of my children when they are teens. I feel like this experience can help shape their lives as they are making decisions about their futures. It will give them a better view of what matters and what is important.”

The group stayed at Real Hope for Haiti’s malnutrition clinic, an experience Nicki said was truly life-changing.

“I feel in love with the babies and children! I continue to think about them daily,” she said. “In a world full of wealth, how can we let the youngest and most vulnerable suffer unnecessarily?  Haitians are some of the most resilient people I have ever met and they are inspiring!”

Nicki expressed gratitude for the people behind Real Hope for Haiti and the difference they are making in the lives of those they serve.

“Real Hope for Haiti is a selfless organization that does more good than anyone realizes,” she said. “It was a joy to watch this kind of love in action and helped restore my faith in humankind.”

 

Jul 8, 2019

Beyond Bandaids?

When Hurricane Maria devastated Puerto Rico in 2017, conditions were so drastic that some families fled stateside where other forms of support were more prominent.

Among those, Cristina left with her husband and three children to Connecticut to start anew, according to a Journal Inquirer article.

“It’s been a nomadic two years, bouncing from a hotel, to a church shelter, and finally to their current East Hartford apartment,” the article says, “but ultimately, Cristina said moving here was a good decision as her family received aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Salvation Army, and other organizations during the transition.”

Still today, Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, said that some 30,000 homes are protected by blue tarps instead of the roofs ripped off during the storm and not yet replaced, according to an article on Vice.com

This June, Congress passed a $19.1 billion disaster aid bill to help areas hit by disaster, including Puerto Rico. But Marrero told VICE news the $1.5 billion portion that the territory will receive is not going to resolve what’s left of recovery efforts.

“I think that the fact that we are not a state has essentially given the platform for the Administration to give a different and unfair treatment to Puerto Rico,” Omar Marrero, the head of recovery in Puerto Rico, told VICE News. “Without proper funds, Puerto Rico has been slapping bandaids on things, building only temporary infrastructure.”

Much of those who lived in Puerto Rico struggled to afford basic needs before the storm, and Jake’s Diapers continues to work with local residents to supply diapers and other basic hygiene necessities to the populations most in need.

About Our Efforts in Puerto Rico: Jake’s Diapers is on a mission to ensure every person in Puerto Rico who relies on the support of diapers or period products has access to these hygiene essentials. Through a trusted network of local Puerto Rican community based organizations, Jake’s Diapers is solving hygiene needs in culturally appropriate ways with an emphasis on reusable items. We currently have 11 diaper drops in Puerto Rico, and that list is continually growing.

Jul 8, 2019

Helping Mothers Out

Across the country, 62% of working moms headed to their jobs are also raising infants at home, according to the National Diaper Bank Network.

Beyond dealing with the regular exhaustion that comes from tending to the demanding needs of a wee one, one in three U.S. moms suffer from diaper need, also according to NDBN. That’s a lot of working moms struggling to make ends meet. 

Most childcare facilities require parents to provide diapers for their children, meaning struggling to provide diapers also creates a hurdle when moms need to get to work.

“Nationally, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on childcare said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn’t have diapers,” according to the Wisconsin Diaper Facts sheet on NDBN.

Four missed days of work or school because of a lack of diapers. 

Jake’s Diapers launched its Direct Aid diaper loan program in 2018 to serve more of these individuals in need. 

For example, one mom who benefitted from our national Direct Aid loan program let us know how the donation transformed her diaper changing experience.

“You sent us diapers a few weeks ago,” she said. “I was in shock at the box and then in tears seeing inside. Every time I change my daughter, I feel so much love knowing so many people cared enough to help me put clean, comfortable diapers on my daughter. Even my older children love the diapers. Such cute and beautiful colors.”

About Our National Efforts: Jake’s Diapers provides reusable options to members of the National Diaper Bank Network to supplement their work with single-use items. We also maintain partnerships with a network of organizations throughout the United States to support their efforts to help others live clean, healthy and prosperous lives. In late 2018, we also launched a direct aid cloth diaper loan program for individual applicants in the U.S.

 
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