Living in poverty, children struggle to have their basic needs met. Families are forced to make devastatingly difficult decisions, including going without meals and resorting to unimaginable moves just for survival. When we think about basic needs, we tend to think about hunger, homelessness, and clean water.Diapers are an overlooked, yet crucial, basic need. All babies deserve to be clean, dry, and healthy.
Babies living in extreme poverty around the world have to choose between food & diapers. Though rescue centers, orphanages and missionaries exist to assist some of these populations, those organizations still struggle to find enough funding and supplies to help these babies. Imagine re-using a disposable diaper simply because you can't afford for your baby otherwise - that's a decision many of these organizations have made.
Just 12 cloth diapers can diaper a baby from infancy through potty-training, meaning these babies can finally have diapers, instead of going without. Through our Diaper Drop in Cuba, we are helping local organizations leverage the funds they have available to better care for their babies in other ways. In many places, organizations see decreased infant mortality rates and increased quality of life through cleaner environments and more availability of basic living needs.
As our partner organizations in Cuba continue to have their diaper needs solved, they are able to save funds and plan for future improvements in their care. This can mean adding educational programs, offering better healthcare, improved quality of food (more protein!) - all steps that set these babies up for long term survival and productive members of society.