One Heart World-Wide

"Mission: Saving the lives of women and newborns one birth at a time". One Heart World-Wide programs improve the health and well-being of pregnant women and infants that would not otherwise have access to maternal and child-health services due to sociocultural barriers, limited personal resources, or remote living conditions. Essential to our programs are the integration of local resources, collaboration with local communities and providers, with respect for cultural norms and practices. In each of our program sites, we are committed to working within the local culture, respecting and honoring it while helping women access a safe delivery
Sep 4, 2012

Results of Tarahumara Food Distributuion Donations

Supplies from truck
Supplies from truck

Thanks to your generous contributions, One Heart World-Wide has been able to aid the Tarahumara people in our program areas!  Over 500 families were given the supplies necessary to survive the food-shortage caused by the two-year drought and unusually low temperatures.

The food packages distributed to combat these conditions were designed to sustain a typical Tarahumara family for a month. They included items that were what they would regularly see on their own table: corn, rice, beans, milk, cooking oil, noodle soup, sugar, corn dough, salt, coffee, etc.  Two municipal clinics were used as distribution points, one being the clinic in Urique, which sits at the bottom of Copper Canyon.  The second clinic in Cerocahui is farther, sitting about halfway up the canyon from Urique.  Transportation and storage of the food was in part provided by the State.

The transportation of the food became the most time-consuming part of the job, due to the difficulty of access to roads in the region.  After the food was delivered to the central locations and the packages were made, the only two available pickup trucks transported the food as far as the roads go, at which point the packages were carried by foot.  One Heart's Foot Soldiers of Change, who are local volunteers, walked for hours to reach the communities to distribute the food. For the people that live near the clinics, stations were made for local pick up as well. Thanks to funding from people like you and the hard work of our Foot Soldiers, we were able to reach many families who have been affected by the extended drought and resulting food-shortage that the people of the Copper Canyon have endured during recent months. 

We and the Tarahumara thank you for your support during this time of crisis. Here are just a few of the people that donations helped:

Little girl
Little girl
Mother and two sons
Mother and two sons
Mother and son
Mother and son
Mother and child
Mother and child
In line
In line

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Jun 18, 2012

Food Distrbution Status June 2012

Food at the Warehouse
Food at the Warehouse

As of June 14, 2012, GlobalGiving donors have contributed $1,080 of the $15,005 that One Heart Worldwide has raised towards combating the food shortage in the Copper Canyon that is affecting families of the Tarahumara. A two-year long drought has left the Tarahumara in a state of emergency, and relief efforts are aimed at preventing the malnutrition of mothers and newborns in the region.
One Heart World-Wide has partnered with Disconsa S.A. in order to purchase food supplies that will be distributed to over 500 families. These food packages contain local cooking staples such as corn, rice, beans, milk, cooking oil, noodle soup, sugar, corn dough, salt, and coffee. Now that the food has been purchased, the next step in the project is the distribution phase.
While One Heart World-Wide is eager to begin this phase of the project, the intensive distribution process requires the combined effort of many volunteers, some of which are currently involved in one of our regularly scheduled training programs regarding emergency obstetrics. Furthermore, the Tarahumara reside in some of the most isolated regions of Chihuahua, so the transportation of large quantities of food is very difficult to arrange. Two available pickup trucks will transport volunteers as far as road construction permits, after which point volunteers will have to carry the food packages by foot in order to reach the communities where the food needs to be distributed. More updates regarding food distribution will be provided as the delivery of food packages progresses.

Food at the Warehouse, ready to be shipped
Food at the Warehouse, ready to be shipped
 
   

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