Jun 25, 2020

Big Help to BIPOC Students at Mercy In Action!

So proud of this scholarship in Claudia's name!
So proud of this scholarship in Claudia's name!

Dear Supporters,

We wanted to give a report on exciting news this week; after we made the appeal on Juneteenth to match the money our founders donated toward helping our midwife students who are Black, Indigenous or People of Color, supporters and allies came through in a big way! 

Sixty-nine individuals donated almost $6,000, so when added to the initial donation by Scott and Vicki Penwell, our funds came to more than $11,000 to support our BIPOC students this coming school year! 

We wish Claudia Booker was here on earth so we could call her and hear the happiness in her voice to know that 69 good people care about racial disparity around childbirth, and want to see more midwives trained to serve the communities that are hurting right now. 

Thanks for your support in this campaign, and thanks for your continued prayers for our students to succeed! Knowing this many people are behind them is sure to be a big encouragement to them, beyond the financial help.

Blessings and Love,

The Mercy In Action Team

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Apr 6, 2020

COVID response-pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

Food Baskets for Pregnant and Postpartum Patients
Food Baskets for Pregnant and Postpartum Patients

Dear Supporters,

So many of you responded generously to our call for help getting food to all our pregnant and postpartum women on lock-down in the Philippines. In this report, I want to share stories and show you pictures of your impact.

Lockdown to flatten the curve of COVID-19 infections looks very different in the Philippines, where many poor families are used to going out every day to find work or recycling to sell so that they can buy food for that one day. If you can't go out and work, you stay home hungry. This is not sustainable for anyone for long, but especially vulnerable in this lockdown are the pregnant women, the breastfeeding women recovering from childbirth, and the families with small children.

Our midwives and staff went straight into action when we began to hear of stories of food scarcity amount our patients. Mercy In Action has been wiring donations to the Philippines and our clinic staffs  have been busy buying food in bulk and making individual bags of rice and food for our patients. This past week we have given away 500 kilos of rice and hundreds of bags of groceries.

Please enjoy seeing these photos and knowing just how important you are during this time! 

Since our organization’s programming already aligns with COVID-19 relief/recovery efforts, we’re doubling down on this work. We’re doing this by adding more ambulance service to get patients to our clinic, and to deliver food other homes, and midwives to medically necessary home visits. We are expanding our budget to include food for all the vulnerable people we already serve. We’re grateful to be in a situation that allows us to continue serving our community during this crisis., with your help

 

Thank you, and please keep engaged (and pray!) until this pandemic is over.

Vicki Penwell

For the entire Mercy In Action Team!

Midwives Going Out to Deliver Food to Lock-ins
Midwives Going Out to Deliver Food to Lock-ins
Mercy Team Hiked to a Remote Village with Food
Mercy Team Hiked to a Remote Village with Food
We have already given away 500 Kilos of Rice!
We have already given away 500 Kilos of Rice!

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Mar 6, 2020

Mercy In Action Empowers Women!

Women and Girls are the heart of Mercy In Action
Women and Girls are the heart of Mercy In Action

 This year, 2020 marks the Year of the Midwife and Nurse! And March 6th is the observance of International Woman's Day at GlobalGiving. 

Here in Mercy In Action's two birth centers in the Philippines, EVERY DAY is Women's Day and MIdwives Day, as our care is what is called "Woman-Focused", offered in a model of health care that is called "The Midwifery Model of Care"! 

So far this year, we have welcomed over 100 babies into the world in our birth centers, taking us over 15,800 in all.  In each birth, the care was provided by a team of highly trained licensed midwives, and the woman having the baby was the focus of attention. Her needs are paramount. When the baby is born in our centers, the mother and baby stay together and are treated with respect, kindness, and skilled attention to every detail.

Also this year so far, we have given out thousands of free prenatal vitamins to pregnant women, given away hundreds of baby layettes and hand-crafted baby hats, and provided hundreds of home visits to new families postpartum. 

Our midwives are out in the community empowering young girls; encouraging them to stay in school and delay first childbearing until such a time as they are ready. We teach Facts For Life to make sure all girls grow up healthy and strong, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. This is a safe path to Safe Motherhood when the time comes for them.

How can you help? Simply make a donation of any size today (March 6th, the GIRL FUND matching funds day!) or at any time up through March 13th, in honor of GlobalGivings GIRL FUND campaign to help women and girls . Any size gift - whether it's $10 or $100 or $1,000, will help Mercy In Action have a chance at being chosen for the year-long Girl Fund.

Do you have more ideas on ways we can empower women and girls? 

Everything that Mercy In Action does helps promote greater opportunities and gender equity for today’s and tomorrow’s women and girls alike!

Thanks for being a part of our team! 

Love,

Vicki Penwell, Executive Director

 
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