Help Women in Remote Villages Have Healthy Babies

by Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)
Feb 21, 2012

Making Birthing Kits in Tigray Province Ethiopia

A training program on how to use a birthing kit
A training program on how to use a birthing kit

Ruth Kennedy, from Abraham’s Oasis thanks you for your donations of help.

When the kits were initially sent in 2008 Ruth wrote  “ We are so remote here that each kit is more precious than any gold or money, as these items cannot be bought with either as the contents are simply not available! Bless you, bless you all for sending these to us”

The kits had proven to be invaluable. More women and babies were surviving childbirth.

However, Ruth was so remote that she could not easily get regular supplies of the finished kits, made in Australia, without days of traveling and much expense as she had  go to Addis Ababa to collect them.  To help solve this problem the BKFA then worked with Ruth in establishing a local birthing kit production program.

We thank you for your donations which have enabled  the Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia) to provide the funds for Ruth to make her own birthing kits, sourcing the supplies and paying nominal wages to local women to help assemble the kits. These women had health issues and would not normally have been employable. These supplies are sourced in the city.

Ruth has just completed making 2000 birthing kits locally. The first stage  towards sustainability. The program was so successful another one is planned for this year. The demand is for 10,000 kits annually.

“We are grateful but even more so those who have no voice say thank you, the indigent farmer’s wife, the brand new mother of 14 or 15 years of age…. the children who have survived, the gratitude of having a mother… This we write from Abraham’s Oasis where fifty children live many orphaned because there was no one to help “Mum”. “  Ruth Kennedy

A mother and healthy baby
A mother and healthy baby
one happy baby
one happy baby



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Birthing Kit Foundation (Australia)

Location: Belair, SA - Australia
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Fiona Smith
Executive Director
Belair, SA Australia
$22,082 raised of $40,000 goal
383 donations
$17,918 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. Learn more.
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.