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Mar 8, 2017

Helping Jon Pierre & his Mom

This is the day the Lord has  made, let us rejoice and be glad in it!

Ah, one of my favorite phrases. It makes me take a moment to pause and reflect in joy. I am  joyful today to share with you  that 50 cloth diaper kits are headed to Haiti! These kits are for the Maternal/Baby Healthcare program at Real Hope for Haiti. one of 3 programs we provide diapers for (the Rescue Center and Intensive Care Unit are the other two) at this Diaper Drop. The Maternal/Baby Healthcare program reaches over 800 new Moms each year! We've taken on an impressive goal to provide diaper kits to these new Moms, to help them keep their babies clean, dry and healthy. The diaper kit also helps motivate the Moms to make the long trek (4 hours or more on foot!) to Real Hope for Haiti, to get a postpartum check-up. Sadly the maternal mortality rate in Haiti is 1 in 80. Access to care is a challenge, and by getting these women to participate in early postpartum checkups infections can be caught and treated quicker, thus reducing mortality risk. We are excited to be part of this initiative aimed at reducing maternal and infant mortality! 

While it's too soon to tell impact on maternal and infant mortality, the first Moms are reporting how much they like the diapers! They find them not only stylish, but truly impacting quality of life! Take Jon Pierre's Mom for example. She's excited to be able to go to church and not worry about a wet lap! 

I thank you for your continued prayers and support. I am continually in awe of the deep impact we are having with diapers. We have an amazing opportunity coming up on April 4-7th, the Little by Little Matching Campaign. This campaign focuses on the power of change, little by little.  All donations will be matched up to $50, and the organization with the most donors wins amazing bonus prizes! Together, we can help even more Moms and babies, just by adding up little amounts of change. Please prayerfully consider supporting this campaign, and join our Litttle by Little Event for reminders! Feel free to reach out to me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org, I'd love to hear from you! 

With gratitude,

Stephanie Bowers
Co-Founder & Executive Director 
Jake's Diapers, Inc. 
stephanie@jakesdiapers.org
"A nonprofit diaper ministry, providing the basic need of diapers to babies, children, and adults in extreme poverty, whose caregivers have to choose between food & diapers."
Feb 23, 2017

Caden is stoked!

Caden!
Caden!

The diapers have landed! This phrase never ceases to bring me great joy.  Since I last wrote, I've been blessed to hear this phrase multiple times, in multiple countries! We are nearing 4,000 lives impacted, I am in awe and so thankful. Lately, there is one little boy that has touched my heart deeply. His name is Caden, and he's just a little bit older than my youngest son. 

Caden was born with an extremely rare genetic condition, epidermolysis bullosa. He'll turn three this summer, and most kids born with this condition don't make it past their first birthday. His skin is so fragile and sensitive, it blisters upon minor friction. This means even a simple hug can be painful for him. He was abandoned at birth and now lives in a family style foster home setting in India. His caregivers adore him, and his spunky personality.  Last week he suddenly decided that he loved baths, after 1.5 years of baths that he made extremely unenjoyable for those involved. He's got a stubborn streak, and does things on his own timeline! Maybe soon he will decide walking is equally fun. 

There is no cure for his condition, and every day his body must be wrapped in dressings and wound care supplies. These expenses add up quickly.  Because of your support, he and the other children in his home now have a supply of cloth diapers. This means money that would have gone to diapers can now go towards his unique medical needs. 

Each and every donation is a true blessing and enables us to provide diapers to Caden and countless others like him. Want to get more involved with Jake's Diapers? Shoot me an e-mail at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org, and I'll share with you all the ways you can help out! Follow us on Facebook, and be sure to invite friends to follow us too! 

 

~ Stephanie

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Feb 15, 2017

Baby Sofia

Concepcion y Sofia
Concepcion y Sofia

The diapers have landed! It is with great joy, and thanks to you, that we are blessed to have a new Diaper Drop in Guatemala. Last week Andrew took the very first cloth diaper kit to Santiago, Atitlán, Guatemala, to our new partner Pueblo a Pueblo.

We’re excited to be working with their Maternal Health Child Project, working with young indigenous mothers and infants in rural communities. One of the amazing Mom’s Pueblo a Pueblo serves is Concepcion.

Concepcion, a 23 year old woman without economic support, spent the majority of her pregnancy without prenatal care. Thankfully, Concepcion was introduced to the Maternal Health Child Program and the Pueblo a Pueblo team was able to get Concepcion the proper medical support to carry out a healthy, successful pregnancy.

Because of this amazing support, Concepcion gave birth to a healthy, happy baby girl named Sofia. Today, they are both doing great! Concepcion  will remain in the Maternal Child Program until 3 months post partum, and Sofia until she is five. Concepcion will also continue to visit the Pueblo a Pueblo office for educational workshops on important topics like nutrition and family planning. 

Thank you for your support! 

 
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