Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!

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Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
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Siobhan discusses OneMama community Issues and action Items
We offer YOU the opportunity to join us for our U.N. delegation to work together and push the needle for change on global economic social issues and sustainable development goals.

OneMama, since being awarded Consultative ECOSOC status with the United Nations in late 2019, has a powerful advantage to select delegates to join OneMama at the CSW virtual event from the UN in New York City, March 15-26, 2021. 

This year’s theme at the sixty-fifth session of the Commission on the Status of Women is RIGHT UP OneMama’s alley! And this is the MOST IMPORTANT theme for YOU and our OneMama family. 

This year’s theme is for achieving gender equality through women’s empowerment and its link to sustainable development.

We are hoping you will join our already existing incredible delegate team, and we want to open up the opportunity to YOU to join the OneMama family on such a meaningful mission. 

We are looking for people who are:
  • Passionate and excited about moving the needle for change for unrepresented rural communities of women leaders both internationally and nationally. 
  • Moved by the specific work OneMama does to support global change for social equality and economic sustainability. 
  • Inspired to change policy and address key issues in this field through the United Nations platform. 

We will be hand choosing individuals based on their passion and areas of expertise best equipped to help carry out the OneMama fight to help amplify the voices of those who can’t be heard. 

Important requirements needed to apply: Once selected as a delegate you agree to:
  • Attend all virtual events that are assigned to you and write a summary report regarding each event.
  • Contribute to writing a blog post regarding the event for our OneMama blog and social media.
  • Uphold personal social media requirements.
Deadline to Apply and Be Registered for our OneMama CSW Parrellel Event: March 17th, 2021

If you are passionate about OneMama.org, the empowerment of underrepresented people and groups, and the themes of the CSW65, we look forward to hearing from you. Your application is in great hands.

Thank You and Thanks for Moving the Needle of Change with us,

The OneMama Action Alliance Family

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Be Our HERO: Save the OneMama Health Clinic

Your Small Amount of Generosity Can Literally Save OneMama During These Hard Economic Times

Be a REAL HERO - Save OneMama

OneMama Clinic Kirindi Uganda Africa

OneMama needs to raise $150,000 – $250,000 IMMEDIATELY in order to keep our clinic doors open.

Frankly, we are at the end or our road with funding options. If OneMama don’t get the financial support needed NOW, we will have to begin the process of shutting down the OneMama Health Center in a village that has no other means to these live-saving services.

OneMama is asking YOU…
Can you consider our small grassroots non-profit health center as one of your organizations that you support with your philanthropic efforts this year?

OR! Possibly you may know a large private donor that would be willing to fund our clinic? If you have any referrals, please send an email introduction to Siobhan Neilland directly at info@onemama.org. 

If OneMama doesn’t raise the money in the next month, we will begin to find a funding organization that can hopefully take over the operations of our OneMama 501(c)3 organization. This is all because we simply cannot afford our own funding at this time and all of our programs will have to be shut down due to the global pandemic.

Personal Letter from OneMama CEO/Founder, Siobhan Neilland:

This is a hard blog post for me to write. My heart is so heavy as I write this.

OneMama was birthed out of the loss of my baby and the community and it’s leaders are family to me — and so many of YOU! While I am proud of the work we have done and the creative solutions we came up with to fund the clinic these 13 years, we are no where near the funding that is needed with this new world economy. I feel I may need to step aside or bring in someone who has larger funding resources to take this clinic and any future health centers where they need to go to be successful.

All these years, I have chosen to not take a salary so 100% of proceeds and donations go directly to funding and to keep the clinic open and running for the vulnerable areas of remote Uganda. I work full time to support myself with my own consulting company as a staffing consultant for diversity leadership in technology. This way, all money goes to the health center staff and medical supplies. This has also become unsustainable trying to manage several organizations simultaneously without proper funding for support staff needed to scale our operations and keep up with the growing needs we face.

 Please, if you are not fully familiar with us, please visit our website for more info at OneMama.org or read below.

More About OneMama

OneMama supplies birthing kits and medical supplies, builds medical clinics, and creates a marketplace for women and their families to sell their crafts or crops. We do our work in places where people live on less than $1 per day. One birthing kit prevents mother-to-child HIV transmission and supports a woman giving birth with medicines and supplies administered by a Traditional Midwife, there to help.

OneMama’s goal is to build 250 clinics around the world that will build and support health and birthing clinics in places that do not have access to health services. We support local Traditional Midwives to deliver culturally appropriate care that is augmented by the best medical tests, treatments, and interventions available.

The OneMama Model

OneMama has developed a unique model for services that can be replicated in the hardest-to-reach communities around the world. Because we honor traditional forms of health care by supporting Traditional Midwives, we gain entry into communities that would not typically trust Western medical techniques. We are able to bring in medical interventions that work to save mothers and infant’s lives, protecting women through childbirth, reducing pain and the birth injuries, prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby, support malaria testing and treatment and providing health education and services to the entire family. Our healthcare services work in conjunction with our economic development programs, which supply families with goods needed to create crafts or crops to sell on our international and local marketplaces — so that eventually clinic members can support their own local, rural clinics. We have created a sustainable model for health care that can be replicated and become sustainable within 5-10 years.

 

Thanks for taking the time to read this. Thank YOU again for ALL the work you do and have done all these years for OneMama. I am so incredibly grateful to know there are humans like YOU making big changes in this wild world.

It inspires me daily to know it can be done.

Siobhan “OneMama” Neilland
CEO-Founder of OneMama.org and “Fighting for Your Joy”
OneMama.org | info@OneMama.org

JOY=SUCCESS — Start Fighting for your JOY and the JOY of others!

“We are all OneMama Living on this One Mother Earth!…”
“We all want to feel like we are loved and we matter in this world”



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7 Unique & Thoughtful OneMama Gift Ideas Your Loved Ones Will Cherish.

OneMama is known for our dedication to serving Mamas and Babies in rural Uganda, but did you know we sell beautifully handcrafted goods, too? A hidden gem, our collection of artisan-crafted accessories make incredibly special gifts for anniversaries, birthdays, holidays… or just because! When you purchase a gift from OneMama, you’re not only supporting our community as a whole but are helping us meet our goal of becoming fully sustainable by 2030.

As one OneMama customer wrote:

“I gave my aunt OneMama’s Infinity Necklace as a gift for a Secret Santa last Christmas and she absolutely loved it! She was so excited to learn about how it was made and was touched by the fact that the proceeds helped to provide families in rural communities with health and prenatal care. I always get anxious about giving gifts and knowing if the person genuinely likes it, so her response made it one of the best gift giving experiences I’ve had in recent memory!”

To help introduce you to the OneMama Collection, we made a list of some of our favorite gift ideas for any occasion!

Infinity Necklace, $30 
One of our all-time favorite designs, the Infinity Necklace is the perfect statement piece for any outfit, while being versatile enough for both formal and casual wear. A testament to both beauty and heart, the proceeds of all Infinity Necklace purchases goes directly to the fight against domestic violence. Available in 4 fabulous colors, it will be sure to dazzle as a gift for a loved one or as a treat for yourself!You can purchase yours here: https://onemama.org/product/infinity-necklace/
Cowhorn Hoop Earrings
Cowhorn Hoop Earrings, $10
Hand-carved by skilled artisans in Uganda, these elegant Cowhorn Hoop Earrings are a fun and funky twist on a classic design. Available in a variety of colors to match any outfit or mood, it’s hard to choose just one pair!You can purchase yours here: https://onemama.org/product/cowhorn-hoop-earrings/Refined Paper Bead & Swimming Hearts
Necklaces
Refined Paper Bead Necklace and Swimming Heart Necklace, $20
Our beautiful, handmade beaded necklaces – available in either colorful paper beads or job’s tears – come in sets of 3 and add a dynamic touch to any outfit. They’re perfect for mixing and matching and are a favorite stocking stuffer for all ages!Purchase the Refined Paper Bead Necklace here: https://onemama.org/product/onemama-refined-paper-bead-necklace/Purchase the Swimming Hearts Necklace here: https://onemama.org/product/swimming-hearts-necklace/
Traveler’s Tote & Bohemian Tote
Traveler’s Tote and Bohemian Tote, $20
From festivals to farmer’s markets, these versatile totes are a must-have for any gal on the go! Lovingly made by hand, each one is different so you know your gift will be truly one-of-a-kind!Purchase the Traveler’s Tote here: https://onemama.org/product/travelers-tote/Purchase the Bohemian Tote here: https://onemama.org/product/bohemian-tote/
Skipping Stones Necklace
Skipping Stones Necklace, $25
A statement necklace like no other, our sustainably hand-crafted Skipping Stones Necklace is an eye-catching ode to bohemian-chic style. Created from upcycled paper, each necklace is truly unique and is sure to be a special addition to any jewelry collection.You can purchase yours here: https://onemama.org/product/skipping-stones-necklace/
SUNShine Coin Purse
SUNShine Coin Purse, $15
Are you constantly finding yourself digging through your purse or travel bag, searching for that one specific lip gloss or pen to no avail? Then this stylish little bag is the answer to your prayers! Made from beautiful, handmade paper beads, organization has never looked as good as our SUNShine Coin Purse!You can purchase yours here: https://onemama.org/product/sunshine-coin-purse/
Colorful Beaded Key Ring
Colorful Beaded Key Ring, $5
With their eye-catching colors and vibrant patterns, these Colorful Beaded Key Rings will make sure you or your loved one will never have to worry about misplaced keys again! Hand-beaded in Uganda, every design is it’s own little masterpiece.You can purchase yours here: https://onemama.org/product/keychains-beaded/
This collection of beautiful, handmade gifts comes straight from the hearts of the women in rural Uganda who crafted them and exemplifies that, when you give joy, you create joy… in fact, every time you give a OneMama gift to someone, you help us spread joy as currency for a better tomorrow!

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OneMama's Coronavirus Uganda Africa Update

Hello, OneMama World Family.  How are you? It has been a heavy few months and the OneMama Team wants to check in and connect with you and offer an update on the current climate of the health of our OneMama community and family.

As you know, OneMama.org operates a health center (as well as many other programs) in rural Uganda, Africa. What you may not know, is we run on a small staff working behind-the-scene here in the United States, and us here want you to know we are with you in feeling the pain of the current times. We are feeling it from all sides – living in America in this uncertain time while working hard to advocate for people of color AND also running an organization that works to better the lives of impoverished African communities in Uganda.

POC advocacy Worldwide is OneMama's Core Mission

“What is the next step for small charities on the frontlines?”

Siobhan Neilland, our OneMama founder and CEO, has been on the front-lines of issues facing these communities for years and has been very vocal, especially in the U.S., about the political climate and racial tension facing our world and the country. 

Recently, we have all been asking ourselves hard questions and one of the main ones is, “What is the next step for small charities on the frontline?” We hope to cover that thoroughly over the coming weeks, but before we get into concrete action plans from our base, we want to update you on what is happening in our village over the past few months and how they have been impacted by COVID-19 and the racial climate. 

Siobhan at the UN advocating for POC

In case you don’t know how OneMama.org gains funding, I’ll fill you in… 

We don’t. 

Yes, you’ve read that right… OneMama does not have any grants or government assistance to keep our health and community center open. A center that provides health care, maternity care, educational programs, and economically sustainable solutions to hundreds who live on less than $1.25 a day in rural Africa. 

OneMama relies solely on three ways to bring in money to the clinic: 

  1. Donations from people like you!
  2. Income from our self-sustainable programs in the village like selling handmade crafts at local markets and harvesting crops to sell. 
  3. Clinic fees, when and if patients can make their way to the clinic in the first place. 

To break it down even more, the 10 active sustainable programs only bring in one third of the income needed to keep the doors of the clinic open.  With this in mind, you can imagine the devastating impact of the shut-down the coronavirus has caused to our Ugandan community

OneMama Obstacles During Coronavirus Pandemic
Where do we stand currently?

Well, to be honest, the Uganda OneMama Center only has about 3 months left of food and medical supplies without any prospects for replenishing these essential needs. 

Times are dire. Donations are gone. Our OneMama Family needs desperate help.

People all over the world have lost jobs and are personally struggling like never before. We understand why our donors are not contributing like they would in the past. This is another reason why, for the past several years, we have been putting so much energy into OneMama’s sustainable development goals so we can rely less and less on donations and more on our own sustainable solutions.

But when the whole world shuts down, and supply chains are cut off, and there is no transportation, and no one is buying the goods we sell because they have to feed their own family, then what can we do? The people selling the crafts and harvesting the food are also trying to just feed their own families. The results of this are creating a lot of hardships right now for our OneMama family on the grounds in Uganda. 

Covid19 response Onemama resources

One unexpected impact from the current climate is a recent rise in unwanted pregnancies in the village as people have not been able to access birth-control

Another unexpected impact is an increase in domestic violence cases within our community

These are just two examples of the domino effect this pandemic has had on the rural OneMama community. Everyone has been impacted by these world events, no one has been spared

We just cannot forget those who are especially vulnerable, those with no access to basic human needs.

So we ask you… our loyal followers… 

As a small charity health organization on the frontlines, what next steps would you take?

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to our readers and supporters for being with us as we navigate these uncharted waters as an organization. If you feel inspired and can spare just as little as $5, please help and donate here.

All our best,
The OneMama Team
“We are all OneMama on this One Mother Earth.”
“We all want to feel like we are loved and we matter in this world.”



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Wash your hands, they said… 

It’s common sense, they said…

The World Health Organization (WHO) list washing your hands regularly as the top way to prevent the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). With running water and access to soap and sanitizers, this is so simple. It’s considered common sense. 

But what if you can’t?
And what if you don’t have access to soap or even water? What then?

In villages like the village in rural Uganda where the OneMama Health Center is located, most houses don’t have convenient access to running water or a consistent soap supply, much less hand sanitizer. 

Covid19 response Onemama resources

Due to the very nature of the work that is done at our OneMama Health Center, the community is dependent on OneMama’s services more than ever during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Most of OneMama’s patients come to the clinic solely because it’s the only place they can wash their hands with water and soap. And OneMama’s soap supply is running critically low. 

The lack of soap, however, is not the only problem OneMama faces during these unprecedented times… 

ACCESS TO WATER FOR CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION

The OneMama Health Center is blessed to have a water pump conveniently located next to the grounds. 

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However, most community members in our village and parish do not have access to clean drinking water, much less water for washing their hands. 

Before this pandemic began, OneMama was well underway in the preparations to bring a whole new water system to the village! This project completion was going to be a complete game changer! 

But due to these hard times ahead with managing the spread of coronavirus, the development is stalled until further notice. 

Since water-born illnesses are amongst the top treated sicknesses at the OneMama Clinic, having clean water is essential. 

With the spread of the coronavirus on high alert and the country on strict lockdown, there is barely enough water to cook with, let alone wash with. 

There is literally no water in marginalized villages like ours for people to wash their hands, and there is NO SOLUTION in place to help these people! 

OneMama is doing all we can to bring these much needed solutions to our community members, but so much help from our donors is still needed to make this happen!

Click here for details and to show your support for the OneMama Clean Water Project in Kayunga, Uganda.

Please note that due to the COVID-19 curve projected to peak in Uganda in early July, the OneMama team of volunteers that planned to bring the new water system to the village in July, must be postponed. Stay tuned for updates on this.

ACCESS TO SOAP FOR CORONAVIRUS PREVENTION

The OneMama community and crafts club members make handmade soap as one of OneMama’s many economic sustainability programs. However, all of the soap the members made prior to the coronavirus pandemic have sold out.

Our community can no longer come together to work or educate and empower each other during this time. This has also halted the abilities for the women to share supplies and equipment to do crafts like handmade soaps. 

After many disappointing attempts, there is just no soap available in the stores for us to provide to the community. Our only supply of soap for the entire community is in our Clinic at setup washing stations. 

Once the limited supply is gone, we are uncertain what we will do for the clinic, much less our community as a whole. 

If anyone has any ideas to help us obtain soap or soap ingredients during the coronavirus pandemic, please contact us at info@onemama.org.

GOVERNMENT SUPPORT? Nope.

There is no such thing as government support in Uganda nor any agencies setup to help in case of a pandemic like the coronavirus COVID-19 spread. 

The OneMama Health Clinic and community members are even more reliant on themselves now than ever and are desperate for our help!

COVID-19 TESTING? Not a Chance…

Needless to say, with all of these daily medical need shortages, there is absolutely no means for our staff to conduct COVID-19 tests. 

Remember too, when people in Uganda die from COVID-19, they will not be counted in the death toll since there are absolutely no access to tests. 

Our medical staff is begging to get the resources needed to be able to offer COVID-19 testing at our OneMama Clinic lab. We have yet to find anyone remotely close to getting that for us. 

If anyone has information or a lead in Uganda to get the chemical lab ingredients for rapid tests to create in our labs and use for testing, please reach out to us at info@onemama.org.

Since no testing is available, we have to treat everyone like they have coronavirus. This leads to a larger need for social distancing and an increased demand for more medical gear and supplies. 

MASKS, PPE, MEDICAL SUPPLIES. Have Any?

Most pharmacies and medical suppliers that we frequently depend on in Uganda are now out of N95 masks, protective gear, and gloves. 

So… OneMama members came up with a solution to use the material we normally use to make the OneMama Collection dresses to make masks. 

Since we have to assume everyone has COVID-19, now every OneMama Clinic patient is given their own “bandana” mask while the staff members are using the limited N95 masks. Once we run out of N95s everyone will wear the bandana masks. 

In place of the unobtainable personal protective equipment (PPE) for our staff, we are making our own protective gear using the plastic that we put down on the floors of the patient’s rooms. It’s like a trash bag material, but thicker, and we have adequate supply of it for now.

Our OneMama Health Center was fortunate to secure about 1 month’s worth of medical supplies such as antibiotics, birthing kits, gloves, pain medication, birth control (pregnancy rates have already increased due to the pandemic and access to birth control is an ongoing challenge for OneMama — read about that here). 

However, most of our medical supplies are imported from China or India, and all of Uganda is reliant on these imports, and they have halted for the time being while Ugandan borders are closed. So our supplies are now scarce, and we have to use them very prudently since we are quickly running out. 

Think 168,000 ventilators is too few? Try 3. Ventilators are extremely scarce in Uganda. The closest city to our village is Kampala where only a few ventilators are in the hospitals. There are NO ventilators to service rural Uganda at all.

Apart from the scarcity of supplies in general, it is not safe to be on the streets right now in Uganda. It is illegal to drive around without proper licensing due to the lock down. Such trips would require a special hired vehicle under protection as it delivers the high-demand supplies back to the village from the city. But even if we did this, the chance of the pharmacy having the supplies we need are slim

OneMama Can Continue to Serve Mamas in Need… Only With YOUR HELP.

Something not talked about much that terrifies the OneMama family is the fact that rural and impoverished communities like in Africa are going to be hit so much harder than Western industrialized locations due to lack of resources. 

OneMama Organization is doing all we can to protect our Ugandan community and properly equip them to fight in this world battle against this virus and it sweeping through and destroying all the sustainability goals they have worked so hard to build over the past 12 years. 


There is simply no easy way for these mamas and babies to keep safe during this time. Without access to clean water, soap, masks, gloves, protective gear, and tests or any plan for such, the livelihood of our Ugandan OneMama family members (and the entire village) are at severe risk

We NEED your SUPPORT NOW more than EVER!

We beg you for your support during this time, please click here to help with funding for medical equipment and supplies.

To make a simple direct donation, please click here

Or BETTER YET… Join the OneMama Action Alliance Membership – Click here!

Your donation is 100% tax deductible. 


Love and Light,

Siobhan “OneMama” Neilland | Founder of OneMama.org and “Fighting for Your Joy” 

JOY=SUCCESS — Start Fighting for your JOY and the JOY of others!
Check out our NEWS! – http://news.fightingforyourjoy.com

We are all OneMama Living on this One Mother Earth!…”
“We all want to feel like we are loved and we matter in this world”

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