Education  Haiti Project #38871

Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

by Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!
Help Haitian Midwives STOP VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN!

FAHM's goal is to improve clinical knowledge, make resources and services more readily available and accessible, and increase community awareness of Gender-Based Violence as a public health problem and violation of human rights.

This holiday season give the gift of health. YOU can help save lives. Join FAHM in promoting equitable, accessible midwifery care in Haiti. Help Haitian midwives in their efforts to combat Gender-Based Violence and create a more equitable, safe and healthy world.

Here are ways you can help:

Please consider a one-time donation or becoming a monthly donor.Your strong and steady monthly support will empower midwives in doing what they do best: keeping birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible. Your generous and reliable monthly gifts will enable us to both plan for the long term and quickly respond when unexpected crises arise.

Please spread the word to your family, friends and on your social media networks about FAHM and help us promote our mission. Follow us on facebook and Instagram(@forhaitianmidwives): tag, share, like!

We are forever grateful for your steadfast dedication and support.

 Wishing you and your loved ones a very safe, healthy and happy holiday season.

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Greetings,

Hope this finds you and your loved ones well.

November is a busy month. It is a time of reflection and mindfulness. It is a time for gratitude and activism. Important dates to note:

November 25- International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women. The 16 days between November 25th and December 10th (Human Rights Day) are known as the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence which is a time to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The slogan used is “Orange the World.” Orange symbolizing a brighter future free of violence.

November 25- Thanksgiving. It traditionally began as a day of giving thanks and sacrifice for the blessing of the harvest and of the preceding year.

November 26- National Native American Heritage Day. Native Americans are accorded special honor for their rich cultures, accomplishments, contributions and heritage.

November 30- #GivingTuesday. It is the first Tuesday after Thanksgiving. It is touted as a "global generosity movement unleashing the power of people and organizations to transform their communities and the world." It is known as a Global Day of Giving. 

Some alarming stats in Haiti:

1 in 3 women have reported violence from an intimate partner 

29% of women of childbearing age have been victims of physical violence (45% being from their intimate partner)

31% report having been victims of multiple forms of violence (verbal, physical, etc)

FAHM remains committed to enabling Haitian midwives to combat gender-based violence (GBV). This year, thanks to your continued support:

We teamed up with One Billion Rising Ayiti to host a public educational live Zoom/Facebook and Boston radio/TV streaming of our “Man to Man Discussion”: a four-part series on cultural, social, religious, and legal issues surrounding and ending GBV from a male lens perspective.  We were able to reach a wide audience from Haiti, USA, Canada and some African countries.

We hosted an amazing and empowering virtual conference on September 17th and 24th presented by renowned Haitian experts.  Your support enabled midwives and midwifery students across Haiti’s ten departmental regions to receive phone/internet minutes in order to connect and attend the sessions.

These last couple of years have been extremely traumatic and stressful in Haiti. We continue to offer support to those victimized by GBV as well as those needing mental health support. We post resources on our social media where Haitians living in Haiti can make a toll-free call and immediately connect to professional psychological support.  

The holiday season is known as a time of celebration and gratitude. We must also be mindful that for many it can be a time of increased stress, isolation and vulnerability with documented spikes in cases of GBV. FAHM asks for your continued support in spreading the word about the important work of Haiti’s midwives in ending GBV in Haiti. Please spread the word to your networks, friends and family as we enter this season of gratitude and giving.  Let’s “Orange” this world as we look to a brighter future free of violence.

Wishing you and your loved ones a very safe and happy holiday season.

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FAHM has had to switch tracks when it comes to this year's programming plans and respond to the immediate crises as well as its residual effects: COVID pandemic and the August 14th earthquake. We have been able to continue our programs, adapting and adjusting as needed, while providing immediate and long term sustainable support. Sustainable support means that we help equip and empower Haitian Midwives to care for themselves and their communities. We have incorporated a virtual learning platform in order to reach Midwives all across Haiti with the latest, evidence-based research related to gender-based violence (GBV).

The need for sexual, reproductive and gender-based trauma informed care is always present. FAHM is committed to aiding in keeping Haitian Midwives and the families they serve safe and healthy. Since last year we have:

  • provided the Midwives and the families they care for much needed PPE 
  • continued to provide continuing education to Midwives all across Haiti
  • continued our public education and awareness: general health education, sexual & reproductive health, COVID
  • continued midwifery and public education & awareness about gender-based violence 

It’s time for our Fall GBV webinar series.

This Fall we will be hosting a 2-part GBV educational webinar series for Haitian Midwives and midwifery students working and living across Haiti. We will utilize a virtual platform which means that, through your generous support, we can reach a larger audience of midwifery students and Midwives in all 10 of Haiti's geographical regions.

Join this exciting movement and support FAHM's initiatives which empower, aid and support Haitian Midwives as they provide evidence-based, culturally aware, holistic care to women and girls in Haiti. 

Midwives, as first responders and members of their communities, keep birth and reproductive services safe, respectful and accessible no matter what.

Thanks for helping to make a difference. Midwifery care saves lives!

With gratitude,



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Empowering Midwives for a stronger Haiti
Empowering Midwives for a stronger Haiti

FAHM is proud to celebrate The International Day of the Midwife. This year's theme is “Follow the Data: Invest in Midwives.” Thanks to your support, FAHM continues to join forces with our Haitian Midwife partners to advocate for investment in quality midwifery care, improving sexual, reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health care in Haiti.
 

Exciting news.... The 2021 State of the World's Midwifery (SoWMy) Report will be released today!  Co-led by UNFPA, WHO and ICM, SoWMy 2021 provides an updated evidence base and detailed analysis on the impact of midwives on maternal and newborn health outcomes and the return on investment in midwives. Check it out:  unfpa.org/sowmy

Midwives are fundamental to improving quality maternal and newborn care and ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths. We salute them always and especially on this special day.

A special thank you and acknowledgment to FAHM's Midwives: Karen Jefferson, Thamy Crevecoeur, Martine Jean-Baptiste, Stephanie Etienne and Lodz Joseph Lemon. Thank you for your dedication to improving maternal/child health in Haiti and the USA.

FAHM's Midwives
FAHM's Midwives

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The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated 2020 as "The Year of the Nurse and the Midwife." To say that 2020 was challenging is an understatement. Challenges ignite opportunities for growth and change. Together, in 2020, we navigated a pandemic, an economic downturn, rising political and social unrest and insecurity, food insecurity, and stood up to fight gender-based violence. 

In my last report, back in October, I told you about our plans for the last quarter of 2020. Thanks to your support, here is how it went...

International Day of the Girl-- October 8

This year’s theme: “My voice, our equal future”

FAHM was overjoyed to partner with Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) in Terrier Rouge, located in Haiti’s north east region, to amplify the voices of Haitian girls in honor of the International Day of the Girl. GCBC was founded and is directed by the dynamo Haitian Midwife, Ninotte Lubin. She facilitated an empowering health education workshop for 110 girls, ages 12-18, coming from eight neighboring rural areas. She encouraged and inspired the girls to envision a bright future where they have a voice and that voice is heard and respected. Together they developed attainable and concrete tools to empower them to be the author of their personal narrative to physically, mentally, sexually, socially and financially live a healthy and prosperous life.

Lunch and Learn Live Webinar Series

Nov 11, 18, 24, Dec 2

Nov 25th is International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) is a global human rights violation. According to the 2017 Demographic Health Surveys (DHS), approximately 23.5% of women in Haiti reported sexual and physical violence committed by a partner. Thirteen percent (13%) report an act of violence within the past 12 months. Many experts feel that the statistics about gender-based violence in Haiti are even greater than the numbers reported by DHS.

FAHM and Haitian Midwives continue to strive to END GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE in Haiti. FAHM launched its first ever, weekly four-part Lunch and Learn Live Series (Zoom, Facebook, Boston Caribbean Network). We discussed and highlighted the issue in Haiti’s cultural context. The webinars were presented by a panel of Haitian experts spanning a variety of professions, from medical doctors, activists, psychologists and more. Who better to tell their narrative than Haitian women and men who have dedicated their careers to end GBV in Haiti. We reached an audience across the USA, Haiti and Canada.

November & December

Social Media Campaign

During the month of November and early December, FAHM ran a social media campaign on Facebook and Instagram highlighting its Haitian partner agencies that presented during the live webinar series. It not only highlighted the work that they do, but included free hotline phone numbers to receive help for GBV survivors and those seeking mental health counseling and services.

Annual Holiday Festivities for the Children’s Group at Grace Community Birth Center

Terrier Rouge, Haiti- December 28, 29

The year ended with celebration and hope for a bright  future. In partnership with Grace Community Birth Center, FAHM hosted a two-day, fun filled, creative and educational event for girls and boys ages 6-12 and some teenagers ages 13-20 in Terrier Rouge. The themes were: Understanding and breaking gender-based stereotypes, and gender roles and cooperative living (Community building: Life can be better if you work together).

Dec 28 Beach Day

  • 29 children from Foreste and Grand Basin
  • Swimming, soccer and rope jumping used as tools to learn team sports (benefit of working together/playing fair), break down gender role stereotypes, and benefits of exercise. 

Dec 29 Holiday Party

  • 60 children from Patricot, Foreste, Grand Basin and Terrier Rouge
  • Three plays written and performed by the kids exploring body autonomy, self respect, gender-based violence, sexual and physical abuse, and gender-based stereotypes/roles
  • Poetry recital and dance performances

Children are the future!

We hope that you will continue to join us in celebrating, highlighting, supporting and spreading the word about the important work that Midwives are doing to end gender-based violence in Haiti.

We appreciate you. 

Wishing you and your loved ones a  happy and healthy new year.



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Foundation for Advancement of Haitian Midwives, Inc (FAHM)

Location: New York, NY - USA
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Project Leader:
Martine Jean-Baptiste
New York, NY United States
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