Sep 28, 2020

Progress Report, Online Prenatal Classes

Tela*’s daughter was born on the National Daughters Day on September 25th, 2020.  This was to be a day of rejoicing a day of double celebration. Unfortunately, the young mother was left alone with no provisions, no clothing for her baby, no care and assistance, and insecure of her future and if she could return home.  Her trespass? She had given birth to a daughter! Her husband and the rest of the family left as soon as the birth of a daughter was announced.  A sad reality faced by many Albanian women from rural areas where the bearing of a son takes priority over everything.  Sex-selective abortion continues to be a struggle in Albania.

Our staff found Tela’s beautiful baby girl wrapped naked as she was born just with a hospital blanket, no clothes and no diaper.  Tela herself was given sanitary pads from other women sharing her room.  

Tela and her daughter become the most recent beneficiary of our baby box as well as additional help in food for the new mom and psycho-social care.  In addition, Tela was also given access to our many pre and postnatal education free access videos!   

 

We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of many of you during these trying times.  Regardless of the challenges, many are facing you have continued to support our work and mission to ensure quality healthcare for the most vulnerable women in Albania.  We are deeply grateful for your continued support and contribution, which has helped us reach out to women like Tela.

During this quarter we have continued reaching many women across Albanian speaking regions through our digital library of prenatal, postnatal and pediatric videos.  Another young mom from Kosovo says it all in one of her messages to us: “Faleminderit per keshillat e shumta qe na jepni, une si nene e re dhe pa askend afer meje pas lindjes kam mesuar shume nga ju,” - “Thank you for all of the advice that you share with us, I as a young mom with no one close to me during the birth of my child have learned much from you” M.G Kosovo.

 We have continued to add more videos to our youtube channel as well, including advice to parents on child development and play as well as proper speech and communication development. https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1UjyxLXV_b6zo3J74QBCYA/videos 

We are looking forward to keeping this initiative and building upon it to continue helping women access free and quality healthcare during uncertain times.  Our project still needs $1,158 to be fully funded. Your support during uncertain times like this means a lot! Thank you for choosing to support our work and mission! https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/empowering-women-in-albania-to-save-their-babies/

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

We are grateful for your support!

 

*The name of the beneficiary is changed and her faced blurred in our our photos to protect the mother from additional harm from her husband and his family. 

Jun 2, 2020

Mother & Child Hospital Foundation Progress Report

Dear Friends,

We trust and pray that this letter finds you and your family in good health!  This has turned out to be one of the most challenging years for many around the globe!  Like most businesses, organizations around the world our small NGO did not go unaffected by the crises posed to us by COVID19.  Despite reduced funding in some of our projects and cuts in staff, our work did not stop! Thanks to your continued generous support and grants generously given by GlobalGiving to our organization we were able to respond to the COVID19 crisis.  

At the start of the appearance of the first COVID-19 cases in Albania, followed shortly by the comprehensive lockdown imposed on the country by the government, the Foundation reshaped some of its services to meet an emerging need. In response to countless messages received through our social media from women and beneficiaries, we started an online series of Telehealth consultation titled “Ask the Doctor” and hosted in YouTube.  The series Ask the Doctor is a combination between our existing Perinatal Online Classes as well as building on a telehealth platform.  

Additionally, the foundation has worked within the hospital setting and recently through a newly started social enterprise, MamiCare Center, to help increase access of women to safe prenatal care.  

  •  Thus far thanks to your sacrificial giving and grants by GlobalGiving we have been able to produce an additional 35 new videos responding to the many questions of expectant and new mothers!   
  •  Just during this time, we have served some 7000 women in Albanian speaking regions across media channels by providing access to medical care via telehealth to pregnant and new mothers who are in lockdown due to COVID-19.
  •  We have helped reduce hospital overcrowding and reduced the rate of infection of pregnant women by being a resource for them during this time.  

We are looking forward to keeping this initiative and building upon it to continue helping women access free and quality healthcare during uncertain times.  

Your support during uncertain times like this means a lot! Thank you for choosing to support our work and mission! 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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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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