On July 9, 2011, Africa welcomed its newest country into the world. Having declared independence after a decades-long civil war, South Sudan is a newborn nation full of promise. South Sudan is the 193rd player in the United Nations playground. Its 6-year-old government is learning to run, and it's even starting to tweet from @RepSouthSudan!
“Our love for this new nation is very great,” said William Ochieng, a GlobalGiving project leader who has been striving for independence for South Sudan. His priority now is to help mothers in Onura, South Sudan, safely deliver the newest nation’s newest citizens.
One-in-five mothers in Onura village dies in childbirth. Just this month the village has lost three women and two girls because the midwives delivering babies lacked simple sterile supplies. What better way to celebrate the birth of a nation than to ensure safe deliveries for mothers and babies in South Sudan?
Let’s rally this week and throw a baby shower for South Sudan’s Onura clinic. No silly games or gift wrap necessary for this party; just basic supplies that will save lives. Which gift will you give?
- 1 birthing mat and medical scissors - $10
- 2 sterile gowns and gloves - $25
- 2 birth kits with cord clamps, forceps and sutures - $60
- 1 set of medical instruments - $202
William specifically asked that some GlobalGiving friends consider giving just $10 on a monthly basis, as regular income helps the clinic plan for future patients. Regardless of what you can give, he is thankful. "Please tell them," William said, "that whatever is given will go a very long way."
Thank you for your generosity and for sharing in the HOPE we have for our neighbors in South Sudan.
With great love,
Alison Carlman and the GlobalGiving Team