Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Mercy in Action is a non-profit organization that focuses on the crisis in Maternal/Newborn/Child health care worldwide. We have been establishing and funding free birth centers for poor families in the Philippines since 1992, and to date more than 12,000 babies have been delivered free of charge for the poorest of the poor in Mercy In Action's Birth Centers, and literally tens of thousands of lives have been helped and healed in the medical outreaches. Mercy In Acton also teaches clinical internships, seminars and training retreats to prepare midwives, medics and nurses to meet the global shortage of skilled birth attendants, and to help primary health care workers prevent unnecessary c...
Apr 11, 2016

The new Clinic and Birth Center is bursting at the seams!

Mothers crowding into teachings at clinic
Mothers crowding into teachings at clinic

Another room is going up this month on the Cumpio Clinic, and not a minute too soon! We are bursting at the seams with parents who are eager for the health teachings and child survival educational programs we offer. It is like life water to the survivors of the disaster. And we just want to say a heartfelt Thank You to our many wonderful donors who give to our disaster recovery work through Global Giving.

Together we are helping people rebuild their lives after the worst storm to make landfall on the planet last November 2013. It is true that while the news showed all the buildings that were destroyed, the worse crisis was the human face of the tragedy; the loss of life, the deep inconsolable grief, the injuries and disease among the survivors, and the multitude of homeless people. With clinics and hospitals also damaged and destroyed, there was no safe place for the babies to be born.

And that is where Mercy In Action came in. Responding to the immediate disaster, we took a team and flew in soon after the airport was repaired enough to re-open, and we set up tents to deliver babies at ground zero. But of course this was a temporary band aide on a human disaster of enormous proportions. We knew we had to help rebuild, and you helped us do that. By 6 months after the disaster, we had begun rebuilding one birth center and clinic that had been smashed into rubble. By 9 months after the disaster, I was privileged to attend the grand opening, and babies started having a safe, clean, equipped place to be born again. And by two years after the disaster, we raised enough money to rebuild a home for the midwife Nerissa and her family.

In this new birth center, Cumpio Clinic, (named after the original clinic that was destroyed) all maternity care is offered FREE OF CHARGE, and they teach childbirth and parenting classes, cramming dozens of women and babies into the clinic waiting room. This is especially difficult on the clinic staff because they are having babies born day and night, and prenatal check ups coming in and out, all the while trying to carry on good parent education. 

Mercy In Action, with a partial grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, is committed to building on to the existing clinic and expanding their ability to teach public health as a free service to the community. 

Anna at Center for Disaster Philanthropy just sent us this letter, and I quote her:  "It makes me ever so happy to start my Monday by sending you this note. Attached please find an agreement letter for $4,750 to go towards the completion of the multi-purpose room at Cumpio Clinic. I look forward to hearing about the continuation of yours and Nerissa’s wonderful work there!"

Please consider helping us with the rest we will need to put up this Multipurpose hall for health education (approximately $3,000 more.) Prevention of problems in pregnancy and prevention of childhood illnesses is one of the most important things we can be involved in at this stage of the disaster recovery.

 

And if you have suggestions for teaching aides or topics to teach to new mothers, or have any questions about our current disaster recovery phase, please feel free to contact me at info@mercyinaction.com.

Bless you, thank you, keep praying for the recovery...it is a long long road back from Typhoon Haiyan. 

We need more space for them all !
We need more space for them all !
So many mothers hungry to learn child health
So many mothers hungry to learn child health
The midwives faithfully pack them in and teach
The midwives faithfully pack them in and teach

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Apr 4, 2016

New Building Project

Midwife, Mother and Baby in the community
Midwife, Mother and Baby in the community

Spring is here and all things are becoming new. And Mercy In Action is in the building process again! We are so excited to be building a new birth center and clinic in an area outside of Manila, for a midwife that was relocated to the area after a fire destroyed her entire urban community. Now many of the families have relocated to this new area, and will have their own midwife back again. It is hard to convey how happy it makes the pregnant women to know that the familiar midwife they know and love from their former community is moving into the resettlement area with them in time to assist at their upcoming birth! 

Right now our midwife is working in the middle of the construction mess to offer prenatal exams in temporary space,  but soon the lovely new birth center will be ready for her to move into. Your contributions have helped greatly with our building project; we expect to be moved in before any of the current patients reach their due date.

Thank you to each and every person who donates to Mercy In Action through Global Giving. You make it possible for families living in very difficult and unsettling circumstances  to have quality maternity care provided to them free of cost, in clean, beautiful facilities, with kind and well trained midwives.

If anyone would like to donate new or very gently used baby clothes, blankets or knit caps for us to give free to each new baby, you may mail them to this address:

Mercy In Action
c/o Cecille Manaois
Phase 6-B, Block 7 Lot 6
Towerville Brgy, Gaya Gaya
City of San Jose Del Monte
Bulacan 3023, Philippines 

Thank you and Lord Bless you!

"Whoever is kind to the needy honors God" Proverbs 14:31 

Temporary space to conduct prenatal exams
Temporary space to conduct prenatal exams
Kitchen area before photo
Kitchen area before photo
Kitchen area after renovation photo
Kitchen area after renovation photo
Happy to be getting a local birth center soon
Happy to be getting a local birth center soon

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Jan 12, 2016

The Amazing Difference Support Makes in the Life of a Child

Vicki holding baby John
Vicki holding baby John

In the super typhoon named Haiyan that hit the Philippines November 8th, 2013, terrible things happened. Some parents we met experienced the horror of having their young child or little baby ripped from their arms and washed away by the waves. Such was the case for a young couple named Beth and Jose. A year after the disaster Beth was fortunate enough to give birth in the newly rebuilt Cumpio Clinic in Tanauan, the clinic and birth center that Mercy In Action rebuilt with help from Global Giving donors. She was so happy to be alive and to have a new baby, but her heart was also hurt by the birth defect she saw on her new baby son's face.

This week, Mercy In Action is funding the corrective surgery that baby John needs. 

His mother wrote this heartfelt note to me: 

"Ma'am thank you so much for the big help to my son that would change for good in his entire life. My son owe the part of his good life from mercy in action. On Monday December 28, we will go to hospital to have a surgery schedule for Jeffrey. Ma'am Vicki a big thank you for the help. We pray for a more good things to come in mercy in action."

Can't you just hear the mother's love for her child come through these words? She wants what every mother wants, she wants what all of us want--just for her child to have a good life.

Please continue to support the good work of Mercy In Action in the disaster zone.  Right now there is $15,000 available in Matching Funds for the disaster zone in the Philippines, available to be matched dollar for dollar by any donation to our Mercy In Action Philippine Disaster-Medical Response and Recovery Project.  

God Bless you and thank you for the difference you make in the life of real people with real needs. 

* Names are changed to protect the dignity and privacy of the people we serve.

 

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