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Apr 9, 2018

Corporate Sales To Cuba: Liz Shares Her Story

Liz was leading a regular life as a corporate sales representative when six years ago, she became a member of Breakthrough Covenant Church in Appleton, WI. As she explained it, almost immediately after becoming a member, she actively got involved with the functions of the church.

Very quickly, she was named the outreach coordinator for the church. As outreach coordinator, Liz was responsible for developing partnerships—not just local, but globally as well. Enter Jake’s Diapers.

Jake’s Diapers had already been working with Breakthrough Covenant Church, but hadn’t worked directly with Liz. Liz was part of a team planning a mission trip to Cuba, and another team member had approached Jake’s Diapers about diapers for Cuba. It had never occurred to Liz the tremendous need for diapers she was about to experience. 

When she arrived in Cuba, her world had been turned upside down. As she explained it, she was unprepared for just how different things could be. Specifically, she stated that there is lots to prepare for when going to a country like Cuba, but it was smaller things, like always making sure to have toilet paper on you that took her by surprise. 

Along with toilet paper, she did discover the enormous need there is for diapers. She said right away she noticed mothers using and reusing towels as diapers. Liz saw this everywhere she visited from Havana to the smaller, remote towns. She said the feelings she had when she would give out the diapers were almost unexplainable. 

“Their faces just lit up,” she said, they greeted me with hugs and smiles because English wasn’t always possible. They have so little, but they gave you everything.”

Liz stated that having reusable cloth diapers meant less infection, increased sanitation, and it lessened the load of laundry to be washed because feces & urine was contained. Liz couldn’t tell me enough how grateful the families were. 

It is truly an amazing thing you have done to help babies in Cuba. I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org with any questions. I'd love to hear from you. 

~ Stephanie

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Apr 9, 2018

Thanks for helping babies!

We did it! Thanks to your support, the Intensive Care Unit now has a supply of disposable diapers. While cloth diapers are a more sustainable option, in this particular case disposable diapers are a better fit. Diapers are an often overlooked basic need, but so very critical for those that need them. 

Woudjina is one of the children who has passed through the Intensive Care Unit (and graduated to the Rescue Center). She is 9 months old, and weighed 9 lbs when admitted to the ICU at our Diaper Drop Real Hope for Haiti. Her parents are both young, and neither one has been caring for her since she was 4 months old. She had been staying with her grandma, and became sick a few months ago. Her mom went and got her, and brought her in for inpatient care. She was very sick and very weak when admitted. She was malnourished, with lots of diarrhea and a fever. Her grandma has a garden where she grows tomoatoes and beans to sell for a profit. They live in a home made of tin, rocks, and clay. 

Thanks for helping Woudjina and other babies just like her! 

~ Stephanie

Woudjina when admitted
Woudjina when admitted

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Apr 3, 2018

Down, but not out

The wildfires in California have left a wake of destruction and death that people weren’t expecting. We forget that even in the United States, when a disaster strikes, it can turn peoples’ lives upside down. 

Cara, who lives in California, lost her home but her family luckily has a found an apartment to live in. With rent for the apartment more than the mortgage for her home, practical items like food and diapers seem even more precious.

Still even with the loss of her home and possessions, Cara maintains a positive outlook on things. As she said, even though the apartment is costly, her family was lucky to find it. Additionally, with the donation of diapers from Jake’s Diapers, Cara was able to put more money towards food, daycare, and other bills.

Diapering children continues to be a huge issue in the world and that includes here in the United States. When a disaster like the wildfires hits, it doesn’t take long to realize just how important things like diapers are.

California is struggling right now, but thanks to you, more babies are staying clean, dry, and healthy as families recover & rebuild. If you have any questions or want to hear more, please don’t hesitate to contact me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org.  I'd love to hear from you! 

Thanks for helping babies!

~ Stephanie

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