Feb 13, 2020

February 2020 Project Report

Hope For Our Sisters Inc. (HFOS) is pleased to share our quarterly update with all of the investors in our endeavor to help provide life-saving maternal care through the Maternal Health Fund at the Wellness Clinic in Goma, Democractic Republic of Congo. Because of your generosity and continued support, our partners report that the clinic is as busy as ever! Over November, December and January, 101 cesaren deliveries were performed. None of the mothers who required surgical intervention for a safe delivery were able to pay for their procedure in full, and thirteen women could pay nothing at all. In some places, women will simply be denied treatment if they cannot pay, or held on the hospital grounds until their families can come up with any money loaned to them. Our sisters in Goma are able to return home to other children, spouses and responsibilities, enjoying their babies without worries over catastrophic debts, because of what you have given. 

We want to share that the wellness clinic is active in other important aspects of maternal care as well! There were 138 vaginal deliveries there over the three months, meaning women were safely assisted by a skilled birth attendant, which lowers the risk for complications for both mother (i.e. fistula) and baby (i.e., stillbirth). There were also 431 prenatal visits in this same quarter. It is important to know that in DR Congo overall, UNICEF reports a maternal mortality rate (MMR; death of the mother whil giving birth) of 693 per 100,000 live births. This is devastatingly high when compared to some developed countries that boast MMRs as low as three per 100,000 live births. Health education for both patients and the availability of high level care, like that provided by the Wellness Clinic, will help reduce DR Congo's MMR over time - but such change will require resources. 

Our main contact with the clinic, Dr. Myron Glick, will be traveling to Goma in April and hopes to have some inspiring patient stories to bring back for us to share. We are honored to partner with providers like him and the other staff at the Wellness Clinic, and especially with you, our amazing friends in this work. Please reach out to us at info@hopeforoursisters.org with any questions about the project or HFOS' work in general. We also invite you to share our project page with your family and friends! The more awareness we can spread about the great need for cesarean deliveries and maternal care in Goma, the more lives we can touch and change together


Warmest Regards,

Cara Brooks

HFOS Board of Directors Member

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Feb 6, 2020

Hope For Our Sisters - February 2020 Impact Report

Hope For Our Sisters, Inc. is happy to be able to provide our first impact report on the project that you have so generously helped to fund through GlobalGiving. As you may recall, we began this project in order to support our partners at the CEML hospital in Lubango, Angola as they empower women recovering from fistula surgery with craft skills, gardening lessons, literacy/numeracy education, and teaching in local languages. Many women who have suffered from fistula have been abandoned by their husbands and families, and are unable to return to their villages and pick up life as it was. Left to provide for themselves in a context that is so different from the life they expected, many women are deeply disadvantaged because of their lack of formal education and skills training. 

Our partners report that from November to February,

  • Eight women were able to participate in lessons for the local language Nhaneka.
  • The Portugese classes normally held are temporarily suspended because the teacher actually has been stricken with fistula herself and is recovering. The team is trying to pull together an official contract for her so that when she is fully healed, she will have a good salary as an educator.
  • Most impressive, as many as twenty women have been attending sewing classes! They are using time outside of the classroom to continue working on the projects, and five women actually made skirts for our team members as Christmas gifts. 

We are so thankful to be able to come alongside our sisters as they strive for knowledge that will improve their lives and those of their communities and the generations coming behind them. We will continue to send quarterly updates on the status of this project, and share photos and individual patient stories as able. Please spread the word if you know someone who might be interested in supporting this endeavor, and follow along on our social media pages (Facebook: Hope For Our Sisters, Inc. // Instagram: brookehfos) to learn more about our sisters, our partners and our mission. 

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Nov 18, 2019

November 2019 Project Report

Mother of Three
Mother of Three

Hope For Our Sisters Inc. (HFOS) is pleased to share our quarterly update with all of the investors in this project. Our Maternal Health Fund at the Wellness Clinic in Goma, Democractic Republic of Congo continues to thrive and provide life-saving maternal care through your generosity. In the last three months, ninety cesarean deliveries were performed with usage of these funds. None of these mothers were able to pay for their cesarean deliveries in full, and twelve could pay nothing at all. Because of your support, these women had somewhere to turn so that they could safely bring their children into the world and return home to their families. 

We also have two patient stories full of hope and joy to share with you:

The first set of triplets was delivered at the Wellness Clinic in this quarter! The babies were a good weight for high order multiples and are healthy. The doctors at the clinic attribute the success of this pregnancy and delivery to the ability to diagnose a triplet pregnancy with reliable ultrasound technology, provide ongoing quality prenatal care, and availability of a surgeon and well-equipped operating room for a cesarean delivery. We are so happy for these beautiful new babies and their family! 

Second, wonderful care was provided to a mother who grew up as an orphan, raised by grandparents, and married young to a young husband. This couple has little financial means. The mother has required cesarean deliveries for each of her three pregnancies. With her first delivery, she was held at the birth hospital for three months until her husband could pay for her hospital fees. Her second delivery was paid for by Dr. Glick, one of our main contacts at the Wellness Clinic, when he met her during a visit to Goma. Her third delivery was paid for in full by the maternal health fund your investments have made possible. The mother was overjoyed to be able to deliver safely and go home with her baby in just one week. 

We are honored to partner with you, our medical contacts at the Wellness Clinic, and the families we serve as we continue to provide funds for maternal care. Please reach out to us at info@hopeforoursisters.org with any questions about the project or HFOS' work in general. We also invite you to share our project page with your family and friends! The more awareness we can spread about the great need for cesarean deliveries and maternal care in Goma, the more lives we can touch and change together

 

Warmest Regards,

Cara Brooks

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