Dec 23, 2019

Helping 10,000 Women Have a Healthy Pregnancy

Dear Friends,

We would like to update you on the progress of our new Protect 10,000 Mothers from Disease project – made possible by your donations exceeding $1,600 through the GlobalGiving platform last October. Our goal is to raise $10,000 needed to fund this program. Every dollar you give will provide life-protecting micronutrients for another expecting mother on this program.

A 2015 study by the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International affairs showed that over 40 percent of pregnant Indian women are underweight. A 2015 UNICEF report states that over 90 percent of Indian adolescent girls are anemic. These alarming figures underline the importance of reaching many more women of child-bearing age with these iron-rich nutrients.

Many SevaChild volunteers and distribution partners have begun administering micronutrients to expectant mothers through programs in which they are already reaching thousands of Indian children under the age of five with vitamin A supplements. We need your help to reach 10,000 of these expecting mothers to protect them and their children from disease.

We look forward to providing you with photos and even stories of women who will be impacted by your generous donations.

We are well short of our goal of raising $10,000 for this project as we’ve raised only $1,640 so far. We hope you will help these women with a donation, or better yet, by becoming a monthly donor to our Protect 10,000 Indian Mothers from Disease project. Regular donations like this allow us to reach even more Indian mothers and children in need.

Thank you again for your gifts that have made this work possible. Please know that during this holiday season, your generosity is -- quite literally -- saving mother’s lives in India.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bibler

Development Director

Dec 5, 2019

2nd Report for AP and Uttarakhand India Projects

Dear Friends,

Welcome to a quick update on the progress of our new vitamin A projects in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand – made possible by your donations exceeding $14,000 through the GlobalGiving platform this past summer. 

In our last report, we shared with you that project coordinators and trained volunteers were laying the groundwork in both states by interviewing families and planning distribution events in both rural areas and urban slums. We’re happy to tell you that beginning in October in Uttarakhand state, over 5,000 children received their first dose of vitamin A. Those distribution teams will continue to work until about 10,000 children, and perhaps more, are given regular vitamin A doses.

In Andhra Pradesh state, four new distribution partners have been organized and are continuing the work of interviewing families to find the children who are most at-risk for vitamin A deficiency (VAD). This can be a painstaking and lengthy process, but every malnourished child found makes the effort all the more worthwhile. We anticipate that distribution events in numerous slums and rural areas will begin in March of 2020.

Project directors record families’ and children’s names, dates of vitamin administration, and other pertinent information in a database to track all the children, thus ensuring that they receive vitamin doses every six months. It is this kind of regularity that strengthens a child’s immune system and decreases the possibility that he or she will suffer from stunted growth, night blindness, or other VAD-related illnesses.

Thank you again for your gifts that have made this work possible. Please know that during this holiday season, your generosity is -- quite literally -- saving children’s lives in India.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bibler

Development Director

Sep 10, 2019

First Report for AP and Uttarakhand India Projects

Mothers signing up their children for drops
Mothers signing up their children for drops

Dear Friends,

We wanted to give you an update on the beginnings of our new vitamin A projects in the Indian states of Andhra Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Your donations of over $14,000 in June and July of this year through our new partnership with the crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving made this possible. 

We're pleased to tell you that the first phase of reaching over 14,000 children in both states is underway. Project coordinators and trained volunteers are on the ground in the villages and rural areas of AP and Uttarakhand. They are interviewing families to determine if children age five and younger are receiving any vitamin A supplements while they educate the parents on the importance of adequate vitamin A in their children's diets. This data is entered into a database to help ensure that all registered children will receive vitamin A doses every six months. It is this kind of regularity that will strengthen a child's immune system and decrease the possibility that their eyesight might be affected by night blindness and other eye diseases.

The volunteers and project coordinators are also developing publicity campaigns and procuring needed supplies, such as gloves, hand sanitizer, and reporting forms. Publicity posters are being printed and distributed, and locations where the vitamins will be administered are being finalized, such as village schools. 

We look forward to sharing with you more developments as these projects reach more families and register more children in the vitamin A program. The director of SevaChild, Rick Carlton, will be arriving in India in just a few weeks and he will send photos, videos, and testimonials from families benefiting from this program that we look forward to sharing with you in future reports. The photos we are including here are from past projects but give you an idea of what this preliminary work looks like.

Sincerely,

Jeff Bibler

Development Director

Volunteer going door to door to register children
Volunteer going door to door to register children
 
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