Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019
This birth officially opened the new Birth Center!
This birth officially opened the new Birth Center!

Words cannot express how thankful we are for our donors who helped us fund the newest Mercy In Action Building Project here in Olongapo, Philippines.

Because of you, our doors are now open again in our Olongapo community! 

Because of you, the first two babies have been born in the new facility already! (With thousands more to come in the years ahead!)

Because of you, we now have double the impact on good maternity care outcomes here in the Philippines!  

So thank you, you have helped get our new year off to a fantastic start! 

Remember that we have two birth centers up and running, delivering more than 300 babies per year. Please continue to donate to our ongoing maternity care project on Global Giving, so we can continue to serve the poorest families in the Philippines with quality, up-to-date and best-practice midwifery care that is kind, compassionate and always free to the patients! 

You can continue to donate through our regular project, and tell everyone about our ongoing work:

Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippinesby Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mercy-in-action-birth-center-saves-motherbaby-lives/

 

Blessings, and Happy New Year to you! 

Midwife staff with Mother and Baby in new building
Midwife staff with Mother and Baby in new building
Celebrating with the builders and staff at finish!
Celebrating with the builders and staff at finish!
Finished Mercy In Action Birth Center Olongapo, PH
Finished Mercy In Action Birth Center Olongapo, PH

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Midwife Cecille watches progress on birth center!
Midwife Cecille watches progress on birth center!

A neighbor on our street had a baby earlier this week. She had been hoping our birth center would be open, but it was not yet. We are giving her good postpartum care at her home, but she wishes she could have had her baby in the birth center we are building here near her house. Now she has delivery bills to pay. 

Today a member of our local rescue squad called to ask if we were open, as his neighbor thinks she may be in labor. 

Each day that goes by without our clinic being open means that these neighbors of ours are not getting the best care that they could. The hospital is far from us and overcrowded, and it is expensive for the people who live around here. Homebirth is no longer an option since the municipality outlawed the practice in 2010 in an attempt to lower the very high maternal and newborn mortality rates in our region.

We are so close! Please help us finish this last push to get our birth center open here in the Philippines; it is our prayer that we could finish in time to give our community a great gift for New Years Day - a bright, new, well-stocked and free maternity clinic and birth facility! 

If we can raise enough money, we can pay our builders over time, which would also bless their families during the Christmas season, and greatly increase our chance of being finished by the end of the year.

But we need your help. Giving Tuesday is a few days away, and on that day, December 3,  all donations will be matched for GlobalGiving donors. 

Please donate something now, or if you plan to give big, wait until Giving Tuesday when every donation will be matched, to amplify your impact! 

We can get this done, and together welcome the pregnant women on our road, in our villages, and all throughout our community. 

Thanks and love from the Philippine team! 

Vicki

New Clinic and Birth Center - almost finished!
New Clinic and Birth Center - almost finished!
Stairs leading to the new clinic from our street
Stairs leading to the new clinic from our street

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The Front Door - Where many will be welcomed
The Front Door - Where many will be welcomed

The builders were inside, painting, hammering cabinets into the wall, tiling the edge of a sink...when a woman stopped by. Obviously pregnant, she asked when the new Mercy in Action birth center would be completed because,  she said,  "I want to give birth here". 

A few weeks later, it happened again. Then twice in one week. Now it is a regular thing for the pregnant women in our community  to be stopping by to ask "Will it be ready for me when I go into labor?"

Please help us finish this project and get it open before any of these lady's due dates, so that they can experience the safety, kindness, respect, and affordable (free) health care that will be offered behind these walls when completed. 

Our goal is to be open as soon as we can. Only $10,000 is left to be raised for the birth center and clinic to be completed and furnished... please give generously so that we can finish and get it open.

The beautiful mothers are standing at our door...

Love,

Vicki and the Mercy Team in the Philippines

A view of the front- handicap access ramp is in!
A view of the front- handicap access ramp is in!
The Exam Room Taking Shape with Expert Carpentry!
The Exam Room Taking Shape with Expert Carpentry!

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Architectural Design
Architectural Design

We are so excited to tell you about the progress on building our newest Mercy In Action birth center and clinic in the Philippines. The roof is on, the interior walls are going up, and this week we will begin electrical and plumbing. We can’t do this without you!

This building will provide a safe and respectful place for the mothers in our community to give birth, without the barriers of cost or discrimination they face currently. We have structured this birthing home, like all our work in this low resource, high mortality country, to have no cost to the patient for care during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum.

 Mercy In Action birth centers has kept statistics on our outcomes for the past 28 years in the Philippines, and our rate of newborn survival at birth is 4 times better than the nation’s. So, we can be sure that this newest birth center will save lives and improve the health of tens of thousands of babies in our community in the decades to come.

But we need your help to finish this building and to furnish it with all the equipment needed for a licensed and accredited birthing home. Will you keep helping our projects thrive so that new babies can thrive also?


We’re reaching out to you, our supporters, to let you in on a special opportunity from our partner, GlobalGiving, to get donations of $100 USD and up matched on Thursday, July 18, 2019, starting at 9 a.m. ET. The higher the amount, the higher the match while funds last.

On July 18th, starting at 9 am Eastern Time, Global Giving will begin to release matching funds for all donations from $100 to $1,000. Please join us on that day to push us over the top on this vital and life-saving building project. If enough of our supporters give big on this day, we will also be eligible for bonus cash prizes from GlobalGiving, which will make our money go even further toward helping vulnerable families around the time of birth. Thank you!

Mercy Birth Center Building Project 2019 - #41061

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/mercy-birth-center-building-project-2019/

 Thank you from the Mercy In Action Team, and God Bless your generosity! 

The midwives and builders going over blueprints
The midwives and builders going over blueprints
Founder of Mercy In Action at construction site
Founder of Mercy In Action at construction site

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Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC

Location: Boise, ID - USA
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Project Leader:
Vicki Penwell
Boise, ID United States

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Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

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