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Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!

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Empower OneMama Health Clinic to Sustainability!
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!

Reality check: The OneMama Clinic is in danger of closing its doors for good

The OneMama Clinic is in desperate need of reoccurring donations!<<Click HERE to donate!>>

Since the political change in November 2016, that flow of donations have stalled as more people pull their donations and put their money towards local resources to change the political narrative. We support the causes that our followers find important, but that does not change the fact that funds are not coming in for OneMama like they used to.

We fund ourselves without any grants and we are constantly trying to find creative ways to fund ourselves. When most charities get grants or rely 100% on donations…we create programs with the goal that they will come back and allow us to help fund ourselves. Since November, we have seen not only a drop in OneMama donations but also many of the NGO’s and charities that we partner with have also lost funding, some have sadly had to end their important work all together.

Let’s talk goals

Before the political shift, we were extremely close to hitting our 10 to 12 year mark to be self-sustaining as a NGO. We were there; the OneMama collection was selling, as was ShaBoom products. The US based operations and Uganda based programs were thriving. We’ve been working tirelessly to build out new ways to drive revenue in Uganda. In 2017, we built out 10 new programs. The thing is though, all of these programs need about a 1.5 years to bring money back in… and because donations have been slow we’ve not been able to pour into theses programs to see them get to a point of revenue.

We have more programs that we believe in waiting to come to life – investment in buying rabbits, supplies to build out more crops programs, new vision for the goods we sell, to name a few. Our goal was to have these ten new programs profitable by the start of 2019. If donations pick up we still believe we can meet this goal by the end of 2019.

In July 2018, Siobhan Neilland will be returning to Uganda and the harsh reality is this: we will be adding new programs to try and keep our goal of self-sustainability by 2020 or we will be closing the clinic down. That is how bad it is this time. With the help of our faithful supporters and the announcement of the Social Giving Platformand Donation Pick Up we are hoping this will not be OneMama’s reality come July.

“In all of the years I’ve been doing this, it’s always been a challenge, but I’ve never thought it would get so bad I would have to close the clinic.” – OneMama founder and CEO Siobhan Neilland

In the nine years OneMama has had it’s door open to the people of rural Uganda, we have helped thousands of families through our programs and health clinic; we’ve brought babies safely into the world with our maternal health clinic; we’ve seen women become empowered by the making of their own income, and we’ve given a voice to the voiceless on global stages like the United Nations. We’ve changed countless lives but the work is not finished yet.

Donations are slowly trickling in and this is giving us hope. We know you are out there. We know you care. We know you have the power to make a change. When you purchase something from OneMama.org or donate, its not just in the moment that you are investing in, you are investing in the long haul – the future of OneMama. OneMama has more work to do, will you join us?




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OneMama Village Celebrating International Women’s Day with Local Gathering

March 8,2018 – International Women’s Day 

For the first time thirty women from the OneMama village in Uganda gathered together with a larger group of women within the local government to celebrate the empowerment of women. They joined  together with the community and the globe to honor the achievement of women all over the world.

The goal for this gathering was to celebrate the empowerment of women and to share ideas on ways they can support each other moving forward. This gathering was a chance to sing, dance, and share their stories about how they are creating change in their families and in their communities, so all women and girls have the chance to thrive.

“The OneMama women are excited. They’ve never eally branched out to other communities. What a great moment to start… by joining with other women to support and empower each other!”

– Siobhan Neilland, OneMama.org CEO and founder.

OneMama.org takes this day to recognise all the women that have come before us and be reminded of the goals we are still working towards for the bettering of the lives of women around the globe.

“Here’s to strong women. May we know them. May we be them. May we raise them.”— Unknown. 

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Dear OneMama - Siobhan,
2017 was definitely  a full year! 
The team at OneMama is so thankful for our global family that has stood by us and supported us in our commitment ensuring every baby is born into this world knowing they are loved and matter! 
Did you know that 800 women die every day of preventable causes related to pregnancy and giving birth? At OneMama, we are changing this statistic!
To continue our mission of sustaining the OneMama Clinic in Uganda, and the building of future clinics, we need YOUR help. We’re calling on YOU to harness your individual power to create global social change by investing in our sustainable development program in Uganda. 
Start the NEW YEAR Off with the SPIRIT of GIVING and  make your tax-deductible donation to our birthing, domestic violence prevention, and vocational training programs TODAY!
This last year has been a year of solidifying a new foundation for OneMama.org to create bigger ripples of social change than ever before. We have so many exciting projects to unveil in 2018... We can’t wait to share them all with you in the next few weeks!
Thank you for being a part of our OneMama.org family and taking time today to invest in a brighter future for our global communities.
Happy New Year to All - Love and Light,
Siobhan Neilland
“We are all OneMama Living on One Mother Earth”
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Siobhan Neilland made Mogul’s Top 100 Innovators in Diversity & Inclusion List

The OneMama team is excited to announce that Siobhan Neilland made number nine on 
Mogul’s Top 100 Innovators in Diversity & Inclusion list for 2017.

 

Mogul is the “fasting growing technology platform for women to connect, share information and access knowledge.” Mogul has 165 million views each month and is also UN Women partner.

“Those mentioned have made, and continue to make, enormous strides in hiring a diverse talent, creating welcoming environments and communities for employees and contributing to society in meaningful ways.” – Mogul

Mogul selected Siobhan because of her collective work with OneMama.org and her work building out technology organizations with Amazon (Prime Now) focusing on diversity

Siobhan Neilland founded OneMama.org, a UN Consultative nonprofit that brings maternal care, health and family services, as well as economic sustainability to women and their families in rural African communities where people survive on under $1.25 a day. She is also the lead recruiter for Amazon Prime Now. The Prime Now leadership team started as almost entirely female, and nearly sixty-percent of all Amazon Prime Now’s tech teams are women.

See Top 100 list here : https://onmogul.com/stories/top-100-innovators-in-diversity-inclusion

Siobhan is really excited to utilize her skills for both her tech work as well as giving all women a voice:

“I am so touched to be a part of an amazing list of women who are making a difference in the world and giving a voice to woman on all levels of leadership” – Siobhan said

Siobhan continues to find work life balance as she drives change for woman at OneMama.org and continues to fight for access and empowerment to woman who live under $1.25 a day. The same goes for her Staffing Diversity and Inclusion consulting role at Amazon in the Prime Now team. She currently is moving the needle in hiring woman and giving access and a pathway to leadership roles for woman in technology. She is making an impact with her inclusion and engangement events in both for tune 100’s and the non-profit sectors.

Congratualations, Siobhan!

– The OneMama Team

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New Funding Vision Set Forth at Uganda’s OneMama Clinic!

Womens Day in Uganda - OneMama Sponsored
     On-the-ground fieldwork is imperative to the success of the OneMama Clinic.

Since founder, Siobhan Neilland, resides full time in California, her yearly trips to Uganda are times of extreme focus. The year-round work we do relies heavily on these five to six weeks when we implement and improve programs, staff training, and do community outreach. This year followed that same rhythm in strides! The OneMama team and Clinic in Uganda are hopeful that by sharing these trip updates, it will help bring forward new partners. Most of all, new partnerships are essential to complete the important work the OneMama clinic does each day.

We love our little OneMama Clinic! …The people, power, and dedication of a community that really does want to transform the way it thrives! First of all, we need to share upfront that donations have not been coming in like they have in the past. Consequently, we suspect that this is due to the political climate in the US. Support and donations used to come in often, however we are now seeing less and less participation from organizations and individuals here. Also, the change in laws in the United States have affected the way we do things in Africa. These changes are worrying our little clinic and Siobhan experienced this first hand during her recent trips to the village.

As the political and fundraising climate was changing, Siobhan realized that as a leader, it is her job to adjust with the times.

“My number one priority is for the OneMama Clinic to survive and keep the doors open and thriving. If former funding paradigms are not working, we need to find new ones. What I’m realizing is, instead of relying so heavily on products that will sell well in the U.S. and International markets, we are going to focus on creating products and crops that will sell in Uganda with the goal to be self-funding in a year in a half.” – Quote by Siobhan

Ugandan OneMama Village

 

Below are some of the first steps to making this adjustment. A bulleted overview of Siobhan’s recent trips to the village from Siobhan’s perspective:
  • Most noteworthy, we bought new fabrics to make a new OneMama fashion collection featured at New York Fashion Week 2017. The new fabric combines t-shirt materials with military inspired uniform fabric. The creation of classy designs that fits all women’s body shapes. Also, we increased our men’s wear collection and this will also be featured at New York Fashion Week.
  • We met with a lot of political figures in Ugandan parliament, or Chairmen, as they are called in Uganda. We met with the Chairmen (Governor) of Kayunga and he spoke at our Community event of 500-700 people. It was a special time where we served food and presented all the new health and economic programs for the clinic… even the trusted leading aid to the President of Uganda was in attendance!
  • OneMama has a women’s soccer team!

    At the Community event we presented the local women’s soccer team that OneMama is a proud sponsor. The team includes members of our Community, as well as, OneMama staff.
    OneMama Women's Day Celebration - Introducing Soccer Team

  • Taking care of Mama! – One morning Siobhan took mama Jamira to go get her hair done.  “A small gesture to make sure she is taken care of.”  Siobhan tries to share one-on-time with all the wonderful staff at the OneMama Clinic.
  • We introduced multiple new projects to our economic sustainability programs. First of all, the insect project. Insects can help create more protein for the community as well as financial sustainability. Siobhan’s life-partner, who accompanied her on the trip, lovingly headed up this new project. Additionally, we built out or expanded many other projects. These include honey harvesting, herbal and eatable crop production for local sales, providing menstrual pads for sale and use in the community, and creating new, sustainable designs for OneMama Collection necklaces, purses, and clothing. As a result of the political climate, collection items are now created with sales in the local marketplaces in the forefront of efforts.
  • We had countless meetings with the community advisory board, our OneMama staff, potential partners, and the community at large.
  • We built out partner relationships with the people who will be working on our labs, family planning programs, and our domestic violence programs.
  • Our OneMama staff signed on for another year to work at the OneMama clinic, we have a full staff and three nurses.
  • We had the privilege to share with the community how we gained consultative status with the United Nations – giving their village a voice on the world stage of policy change!

OneMama Initiative in Action at Women's Day Celebration in Uganda

Most importantly, our OneMama Clinic cannot stay open without changing the way it operates in the bigger picture. At the same time, we would not be this far without those who share in the OneMama vision. We need these partnerships to continue and are hopeful that these new developments inspire you into greater action!

     The Simple Truth: Our clinic and the people who benefit from it rely on the people of the OneMama world village.“We are All OneMama”Are you with us?
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OneMama Organization

Location: San Francisco, CA - USA
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Siobhan Neilland
San Francisco, CA United States
$30,862 raised of $47,000 goal
 
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