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Empowering Mothers In Haiti

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
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Empowering Mothers In Haiti
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Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti
Empowering Mothers In Haiti

I'm writing to share with you a letter from Casey at Real Hope for Haiti. Over the past seven years, thanks to you, we've been able to supply Real Hope with cloth diapers for the babies in the Rescue Center and for families Real Hope for Haiti receiving pre & post natal care. With diaper need met by you, they are able to focus on other basic needs and providing life-saving care. 

COVID-19 is a top concern for our communities, our countries, and the entire world. Whether you are in Haiti or the US or any other country in the world, there is uncertainty all around us. Typically, we make an appeal to you when we face a crisis here in Haiti, whether it be famine, flood, earthquake, or cholera. This is a unique time where we all face this test, no matter which passport we hold or which economic class we are in.

We are all distracted by the news and tracking these developments. Each of us is navigating changes in work and worship day by day. In just a short time, “the norm” has become a seemingly distant memory, and none of us know if and when this -new normal- will end.

We do know our work in Haiti should continue. We do know that our staff is committed to providing life saving care and critical education/ support to some of the most underserved people in one of the most underserved populations in the world. We know our patients need medicines, the malnourished children in the RC need medika mamba and food  to recover. We know we need to maintain our payroll to ensure these services are provided by the competent and caring staff at RHFH.

The services we provide have expanded over the years. We maintain as low of an overhead cost as we know how, and we find each service we provide to be essential. As is the case in most organizations that work in a context like Haiti, the margins are very thin for us. We are not sitting on an endowment that can float us during this pandemic. The population we serve cannot afford to pay for the majority of the services we provide. The fruit that RHFH bears for the kingdom of God relies on the power of God, the sweat of our staff, and the generosity of people like you.

We also know many of you understand the impact your gifts have in saving and sustaining lives in Cazale and surrounding villages. We appreciate the fact that many of you already give sacrificially to sustain the work of RHFH. We realize times are tough. We acknowledge that some of you have lost your jobs recently, other’s employment situations are tenuous at best. We are aware many retirement funds have taken massive blows. We understand absolutely if you are unable to give at this time. We are thankful for all you have done for the Haitian people. We would like the opportunity to pray for and encourage you, as you have so often done for us. (Email prayer requests to prayer@realhopeforhaiti.org)

We are grateful for each prayer and each donation you make to this work to which we dedicate our lives. We feel you believe in the work RHFH does, we believe in the work RHFH does, and we all believe in a God who is capable to make a way where there does not seem to be a way. We put our faith, trust, and hope in Him and in Him alone. We care confident that, for you and for our patients and for us, God will supply all of our needs according to the riches of His Glory in Christ Jesus our Lord.

If you feel so led and you are able to do so, we could use your support now to enable us to keep providing diapers and other basic needs to Real Hope for Haiti. 

Thank you for all you do. 

 ~ Stephanie

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Over the last three years, Jake’s Diapers distributed more than 70,000 cloth diapers around the world to babies in need, via partnerships with other nonprofits working to help those youth trapped in poverty situations for a variety of causes.

At $20 retail value, that’s $1.4 million in cloth distributed – phew! That’s not how all our diapers go in and out our doors, though. Thankfully, we’ve cultivated valued relationships with a variety of manufacturers who fuel our supply availability. 

Here’s a list of business partners who’ve helped us in 2019, and how.

  • Cotton Babies, donated 3 pallets of diapers to support hurricane relief efforts.
  • Kanga Care, launched Freshavacado to benefit Jake’s, and gives to us in other ways.
  • AppleCheeks, provided diapers that have been used in our individual aid program.
  • Nicki’s Diapers, a long-standing Jake’s partner launched the Avolove line to help our cause.
  • LalaBye Baby, sends overstock items with a problem (IE cracked button) to Jake’s.
  • Petite Crown, offers a buy-one-give-one model.
  • Lighthouse Kids, started donating to Jake’s in 2018 after falling in love with our mission.

Thank you to your ongoing support as well, your efforts combined with the generous gifts of all our supporters are what makes a difference in the world. #Bethechange

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It is a joy to share with you Mayleison's story. Mayleison has been receiving care at our Diaper Drop Real Hope for Haiti. Thanks to you, he and his friends at the Rescue Center have an ample supply of cloth diapers to keep them clean and dry while they recover. 

Mayleison is 2 1/2 years old and weighed 21 pounds when admitted to the Rescue Center. He lost 6 pounds of water weight. He had a severe case of kwashiorkor when he was admitted.  He had so much edema that his eyes were swollen shut.  His mama was also pregnant and asked to stay with him.  He had been living with his grandma for the past 6 months. His mama was staying in the hospital caring for her mother who was sick.  Besides the severe kwashiorkor, he also has a fever and diarrhea. Maylieson is the only child now. His papa is a teacher at a school and his mama bought and sold items for a profit before her mom got sick.  They also have  gardens where they grow beans, corn and sweet potatoes they sell these items as well.  They do not have running water at their home or a flush toilet, not even an outhouse. They get their water from a piped water system about 10 minutes from their home. They traveled 3 hours by foot and motorcycle to arrive at the clinic. 

Mayleison has recently graduated from the Medika Mamba recovery program, and you can see how he's improved over the past six months. Thank you for providing diapers for Mayleison, so that Real Hope for Haiti can focus on his care instead of worrying about a diaper supply. 

I encourage you to reach me at stephanie@jakesdiapers.org, I'd love to hear from you.

~ Stephanie

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We hear stories of tragedy, struggle, and loss. It may impact us for a moment but we’re able to cuddle back into our cozy lives and carry on with every day.

And while these stories can compel us to make a difference in the lives of those who are suffering, there’s no stronger way to understand the need, than to see it first hand.

Nicki, Owner/CEO of Nicki’s Diapers, one of Jake’s Diapers most valued business partners, traveled along with Jake’s to visit Real Hope for Haiti, one of our Diaper Drop partners. She said while the country and people are beautiful, she was also moved by the difficult despair.

“I knew there was need. But seeing that need, holding that need, loving that need has made (the work we do) even more meaningful,” said Nicki. “I plan to go back and bring each of my children when they are teens. I feel like this experience can help shape their lives as they are making decisions about their futures. It will give them a better view of what matters and what is important.”

The group stayed at Real Hope for Haiti’s malnutrition clinic, an experience Nicki said was truly life-changing.

“I feel in love with the babies and children! I continue to think about them daily,” she said. “In a world full of wealth, how can we let the youngest and most vulnerable suffer unnecessarily?  Haitians are some of the most resilient people I have ever met and they are inspiring!”

Nicki expressed gratitude for the people behind Real Hope for Haiti and the difference they are making in the lives of those they serve.

“Real Hope for Haiti is a selfless organization that does more good than anyone realizes,” she said. “It was a joy to watch this kind of love in action and helped restore my faith in humankind.”

 

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It’s a joy to introduce you to Big, one of the many babies we’re blessed to serve at our Diaper Drop Real Hope for Haiti. Thanks to you, Big and the other children at Real Hope for Haiti have an ample supply of diapers to stay clean, dry, and healthy.

Big’s mom died when he was 2 months old.  After his mom died he was being cared for by his grandma.  The dad had just been to visit him twice since the mom died. When his Dad visited him last summer, he was doing well. When he visited him again a month or so later, he found that Big was very sick. They decided that he needed to go to a hospital quickly, and Big and his dad traveled 4 hours by motorcycle and taxi to arrive at the clinic at Real Hope for Haiti. He was 10 months old and weighed 11 pounds when admitted. Over the past few months, Big has been staying in the Rescue Center, being treated for malnutrition. We’re excited to share that Big has now graduated from the Medika Mamba program, which means he has overcome his malnutrition. The picture above shows him now at graduation! What a happy, healthy little guy Big is! 

Thanks for helping Big! 

~ Stephanie

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Jake's Diapers, Inc.

Location: Little Chute, WI - USA
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Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Kaukauna, WI United States
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