Geeta, LifeSpring Foundation's first recipient
We are thrilled to report on the activities of LifeSpring Foundation’s “Sponsor a Safe Childbirth for 500 Low Income Women” project since officially launching operations on December 15th, 2010. We are immensely grateful to donors and supporters such as yourselves, who have so generously given throughout the holiday season and beyond.
We are humbled by all the support we have received, not only through monetary donations, but email requests from around the world sent by people wanting to help – from organizing fundraisers to benefit LifeSpring Foundation, to sponsoring births on behalf of loved ones, to inquiries of volunteer opportunities at LifeSpring. We thank each one of you for making the launch of LifeSpring Foundation a success!
What’s the need for an organization such as LifeSpring Foundation?
One-third of all births around the world are unattended by a skilled health worker, leading to the deaths of nearly 360,000 women each year. Almost one-fourth of these unnecessary deaths occur in India.
The majority of these deaths can be prevented with access to a trained obstetrician.
LifeSpring Foundation is enabling a safe pregnancy and delivery for women earning $2 or less per day. Donors like you are helping LifeSpring transform the way very low-income women experience childbirth in India. Thank you for joining us.
Overiew of Partners:
To help leverage impact, LifeSpring Foundation has partnered with a number of incredible organizations that are helping us meet our mission. We have partnered with both Global Giving and Hindustan Latex Family Planning and Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) – two wonderful organizations that are helping us garner support and funding from abroad. Donations given to Global Giving are sent to Hindustan Latex Family Planning and Promotion Trust in India, who in turn sponsor deliveries of very low-income women at LifeSpring Hospitals.
We are grateful to Acumen Fund for their institution-building grant to LifeSpring Foundation, and to Hindustan Lifecare Limited for being the first corporation to sponsor births (with the Chairman himself, Mr. Ayyappan, personally sponsoring a woman for delivery).
We are honored to be part of ABC’s “Be the Change: Safe a Life” Campaign around global health and were humbled to be featured in Good Morning America in December 2010.
Funds Raised to Sponsor Deliveries:
From December 15, 2010 through March 1, 2011, 283 donors have generously sponsored deliveries through Global Giving, raising $24,900. This takes us to about 38% of our initial project goal of raising $65,000 through Global Giving and sponsoring the safe deliveries of 500 women.
Adding to this, 6 donors have donated directly to LifeSpring Foundation, raising $520.
First Woman Sponsored:
On January 22, 2011, Geeta delivered a healthy baby girl for free at LifeSpring Hospital Bowenpally. This is Geeta’s first child and LifeSpring Foundation’s first sponsored childbirth.
Geeta is 20 years old and has been married to Mallesh for three years. Mallesh irons clothes for a living and earns between INR 1500 and 2000 each month ($38-$42). They live in a jhopdi – a temporary structure made of tarp and thatch and often find it hard to make ends meet.
Ameena, LifeSpring’s outreach worker at Bowenpally met Geeta when she was nine months pregnant and had not yet visited a doctor. Ameena helped Geeta through the complete sponsored childbirth process at LifeSpring including prenatal visits and tests, hospital delivery and infant vaccinations. Geeta was delighted to have had the support of trained health workers and grateful for the free service.
Geeta is looking forward to watching her baby girl, Mallika, grow up to be a strong and confident woman like Ameena. Geeta hopes to send her to school, so she may receive an education, unlike herself or her husband.
Total Women Sponsored:
To find women who are in need of birth sponsorship, LifeSpring Foundation leverages community outreach workers, who go out into urban slums and peri-urban communities and meet pregnant women too poor to afford prenatal care and delivery. The main criteria for a woman to receive a sponsorship from LifeSpring Foundation is a government-sponsored white ration card, signifying her family lives below the poverty line.
To date, 26 women have had their deliveries sponsored through LifeSpring Foundation. An additional 20 women are currently receiving sponsored prenatal care at LifeSpring, with their deliveries set for the coming months.
Asma, who delivered her first baby last month through LifeSpring Foundation, has said all her fears disappeared when she entered our hospital, and she knew that she and her baby would be taken care of.
We are looking forward to ensuring more women in financial need have access to safe deliveries. This upcoming quarter brings us Mother’s Day and International Women’s Day – and what better ways to honor our mothers than by sponsoring a birth in her name! We look forward to hearing any other ideas you have for us around Mother’s Day and beyond. Please email your suggestions to firstname.lastname@example.org.