When we first started brainstorming ideas for our Baby Box pilot program, we had no idea of the obstacles that would come our way. Months of civil unrest, rioting and overall safety concerns in Haiti halted the program and delayed us - we were months behind our targeted timeline.
But, we were determined to make this project work. We knew how important these items were to moms in rural Haiti. We knew how special it would be for them to be able to bring their babies home in new, clean clothes. We knew how appreciative they would be of the hygiene products and how much they would enjoy wrapping their babies in the soft, cozy blankets we could provide them. All the while, we would be incentizing them to return to our clinic for all their necessary pre natal appointments, taking into consideration what a challenge this can be for a mom in rural Haiti. Finding child care for other little ones, financial struggles and lack of transport easily prevent them from doing so, which made us even more determined to be able to provide these baby boxes to them.
When we finally clicked "Order" on the first batch of onesies, towels, pacifers and more, we were ecstatic! Our vision was finally coming to reality - all thanks to you, our generous supporters and donors.
We are so happy to send you this final project report. The first round of baby box items have finally made their way to Haiti, and into the hands of new moms in one of the most rural, remote areas in the Western hemisphere.
Words cannot suffice; the words 'thank you' don't seem nearly strong enough to show our appreciation. On behalf of the mothers our clincis serve, and our entire time, we sincerely hope you've enjoyed following us along on this journey, and we hope you will continue to stay connected with us. For more updates from the field, you can visit our Facebook and Instagram (linked below).