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Jan 31, 2020

Progress Report, Online Prenatal Classes

January 29, 2020

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year!  May this new decade bring much joy and happiness to you and family! As we have reflected on this past year, we are so grateful to have had your support for our work with pregnant mothers here in Albania. Your generous contributions have helped us broaden our impact to the expectant mothers in Albania and Albanian speaking regions in the Balkans.

  • Here are some new ways our online prenatal classes have served the Albanian community, especially those in most vulnerable situations, in this last quarter:
  • Local partner NGOs that work in remote areas in  Northern Albania are using our YouTube Channel and the prenatal videos online as curricula for health education with women in those areas.
  • The prenatal videos have been a great tool for the Foundation staff in responding to various prenatal care topics requested by mothers who come and visit our site.
  • Thus far we have reached over 50.000 women and our most requested video has been “How to Bathe and Dress Your Baby” it alone has had 30.000 views!
Here is how two parents who are subscribed to our channel put it:

“Ndihemi me te qete persa i perket menyres se si duhet t'a veshim, ta lajme, t'a ushqejme dhe t'a veme ne gjume beben tone. Shume faleminderit!” English Translation: “We feel a lot more confident and at peace now on how to bathe, dress, feed and help our baby fall asleep. Thank you very much”

  

We would love to have you check out our videos. After all, this would have not been possible without YOU! https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UjyxLXV_b6zo3J74QBCYA/featured

  • We have distributed an additional 20 baby boxes of joy (containing clothing and supplies for babies) to mother in need hospitalized at the Queen Geraldine Maternity Hospital and Koco Gliozheni University Hospital in Tirana.

Attached are some of the happy faces of mothers we have helped through your support!

 We are looking forward to creating even more videos in Albanian to help assist women across the country.  We need your help! Our project is $1733 short from being fully funded!   If you would like to continue supporting our project and mission, please consider donating to our project located in GlobalGiving: https://www.GlobalGiving.org/projects/empowering-women-in-albania-to-save-their-babies/

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please reach out!

We are grateful for your support!

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Oct 3, 2019

Progress Report, Online Prenatal Classes for Women in Albania

Boxes of Joy for Mothers in Need
Boxes of Joy for Mothers in Need

Dear Friends,

We would like to thank you once more for supporting the Mother and Child Hospital Foundation in Albania. A few months ago, you chose to generously support our “Online Perinatal Classes for Women in Albania” project through a GlobalGiving campaign. We are grateful to share with you our progress and the significance of your contributions.

Our campaign in Global Giving raised $8025. Your generosity and support, along with the dedication and passion of our staff and volunteers, helped achieve the following for this second quarter:

We created a Youtube Channel with the first-ever Perinatal Care videos recorded in the Albanian language.

8 videos have been published

-2 videos are in the process of editing

 

We would love to have you check out our videos. After all, this would have not been possible without YOU!

Feel free to give us your likes, and subscribe to the Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UjyxLXV_b6zo3J74QBCYA/featured

-We used our targeted awareness-raising campaign through local and social media to reach over 40.000 women of reproductive age.

Our videos have been viewed thousands of times throughout Albania and Kosovo, and we hope that we have impacted as many lives. Our awareness campaign will continue in the next few months, as we try to maximize the reach and impact of these instructional videos.

We have provided breastfeeding, delivery and post-natal instructions through our free perinatal classes to over 110 mothers hospitalized at the two maternity hospitals in Tirana.

We have distributed 40 baby boxes of joy (containing clothing and supplies for babies) to mother in need hospitalized at Queen Geraldine and Koco Gliozheni Maternity Hospital.

If you would like to continue supporting our project and mission, please consider donating at our project located in GlobalGiving:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empowering-women-in-albania-to-save-their-babies/

If you have any questions, concerns or suggestions, please reach out! We are forever grateful for your support!

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Breastfeeding Class!
Breastfeeding Class!
Jun 7, 2019

Mother & Child Hospital Foundation Progress Report

A.C. beneficiary of the Boxes of Joy!
A.C. beneficiary of the Boxes of Joy!

A heart felt thanks to all of you who so generously chose to support our work and more specifically our innovative project “Online Perinatal Classes for Women In Albania. We are grateful to share with you the direct impact that your contributions have made.

 Campaign Overview

Our campaign in Global Giving raised $8025 over the 3 month period from the $10.000 goal.   The main goal of the campaign was to support the Mother and Child Hospital Foundation to create a digital free access video library to enable the education and empowerment of mothers through offering free of charge, prenatal and postnatal classes.  In addition to supporting the creation of a digital perinatal video library,  as stated during the campaign part of the funds raised would go to support the perinatal education of women within the two main maternity hospitals in Tirana.

 Achieved During the Reporting Period: 

 Because of your generosity during these three months we have been able to:

 Create our Youtube Channel with the first ever made Perinatal Care videos in the Albanian language. We have recorded a total of 10 videos out of which six are launched on our channel and another 4 are in the editing phase.  A total of 15 videos will be recorded on perinatal education and care to be distributed to mothers in Albania and other Albanian speaking regions.  Please feel free to stop by and subscribe to our Youtube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UjyxLXV_b6zo3J74QBCYA/featured

 Reached over 20.000 women age 19 -39 years of age through our targeted awareness-raising campaign.

Our released videos have on average impacted 300-800 since their release, calculated by the number of views by women located in Albania and Kosovo. 

We have provided practical instructions on breastfeeding to some 105 mothers hospitalize at the two maternity hospitals in Tirana.

We have provided instruction on post labor and delivery to 50 new moms through our perinatal classes offered for free by the foundation in one of the public maternity hospitals in Tirana.

We have distributed 7 baby boxes with baby clothing to vulnerable women in Queen Geraldine Maternity Hospital. 

Meet one of the women you have helped:

 A.C. -39 years of age, found herself completely alone the afternoon of April 9th 2019, as she gave birth to her third child. Without much family support and in extreme financial difficult her husband had stayed behind to save the $1.5 bus trip and also care for their two other children. The family of five lived only on food packages distributed irregularly by the local administrative office of their village and sporadic income secured by her husband doing odd jobs.  When our staff met her she was holding her baby wrapped in a torn and old receiving blanket, silently bearing the burden of loneliness. The gift of time and a baby “Box of Joy” filled with newborn essentials brought a bit of joy in this woman’s life!  Thank you for standing with us together, we believe, we can give these courageous mothers and their babies a truly Happy Beginning!

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Grateful for your support! 

A postnatal class at the maternity hospital
A postnatal class at the maternity hospital
Screenshot of our newly made channel on Youtube
Screenshot of our newly made channel on Youtube

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