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Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines

by Mercy In Action Vineyard, INC
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
Birth Center Saves MotherBaby Lives in Philippines
A Mercy In Action Grandbaby !
A Mercy In Action Grandbaby !

This past week something wonderful happened --a baby was born. Not just any baby, but the Great-Great-Grandbaby of the woman who's name and picture graces the front of our newest Birth Center in Mindoro island, Philippines.

Florencia was a midwife who died last year. She had presided over births on her island from the time she was 16 years old until just a few years before her passing at the age of 106. Florencia entered an arranged marriage at 17,  that would become over 70 years of happy marriage, 13 children and more than 100 decendants. 

Florencia lived through the final century of the 2nd millennium, a time that included terrible hardship for Filipinos during World War II, and massive cultural and developmental changes. She experienced grinding poverty most of her life, but reveled in the joys of family, community, church, and her work as a midwife.

On the day Florencia departed this life, we had just finished loading the truck on another island that would carry birth equipment and supplies to start the birth center in her home community of Aninuan. It was almost as if she were waiting for us to get a replacement in place before she could go to heaven.

Meddie, Florencia's granddaughter, is our birth assistant in the Florencia Memorial Birthing Home. Meddie has worked for Mercy In Action for over a decade and she is precious to us. This week she became a grandmother for the first time/ 

Generations. It all reminds me of the old folk song with these lines" And when I'm dead, and when I'm gone, there'll be one child born in this world to carry on...to carry on."

Welcome baby Elliah, you have a rich history as you take your place among the Generations.

In Memoriam-Great-Great-Grandmother Florencia
In Memoriam-Great-Great-Grandmother Florencia
Vicki with Florencia circa 2007
Vicki with Florencia circa 2007
Elliah with Mom and Dad and Gramma Meddie
Elliah with Mom and Dad and Gramma Meddie

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The Midwives with a patient on Mindoro island
The Midwives with a patient on Mindoro island

While we were celebrating Christmas Day in the US, Oriental Mindoro, Philippines  was hit by a deadly typhoon square on on in the community where our Mercy In Action supported clinic was recently built .Thankfully, no lives were lost, and all our staff and their families, and the staff and families of the mission we partner with,  came through the storm ok physically, just frightened.  The  medical building was built strong and withstood the winds, but our head midwife and her assistant both lost the roof off of their home in the typhoon, and subsequently had their small homes flooded with rain water. 

So we go into 2017 rebuilding again, in a country that sees more than its fair share of natural disasters. Thank you for your wonderful support for our mission of bringing safe, respectful maternity care to the poorest of the poor in the Philippines. It makes a big difference.

If you would like to send notes of encouragement and/or prayers to our staff who are temporarily homeless, please send through our email at: info@mercyinaction.com.

And thank you for your donations, which are needed now more than ever. Our doors remain open on Mindoro island, in spite of the typhoons, and our team is ready to welcome any pregnant woman who needs assistance.

Outreach to tribal women to provide prenatal care
Outreach to tribal women to provide prenatal care
Life goes on, even during storms. Welcome new babe
Life goes on, even during storms. Welcome new babe

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Education expands parent
Education expands parent's knowledge on child care

The healthy future of society depends on the health of today's children and their mothers, according to UNICEF. Education improves health, and that is what is needed desperately in the aftermath of the humanitarian disaster Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda on Leyte Island in the Philippines. 

 

Mercy In Action is in the middle of a new building project in the former disaster zone. After rebuilding a clinic, birth center, and the midwife’s home, we are now building an Education Center onto the side of the clinic, so that we can insure that future generations will have a chance to be healthy.

 

This coming November 8th is the third year anniversary of this horrible disaster. It is our goal to be finished with our building projects by that date of the 3rd anniversary.

 

Will you help us with donations toward finishing this Health Education building? Can you imagine the wonderful public health teaching that will occur here? Can you see the joy on pregnant women’s faces as they learn how they can best grow their babies in the womb and insure optimal health by the way they feed them after they are born? Can you imagine all the empowered mothers and fathers who will learn ways to keep their children alive and healthy in the vulnerable first 5 years of life?

 

Please join us in finishing this Education Center. God Bless you.

The new Education Center going up
The new Education Center going up

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Baby Miracle, only a few hours old
Baby Miracle, only a few hours old

Her parents named her Miracle.

What is a miracle? Webster dictionary describes it like this:

: an unusual or wonderful event that is believed to be caused by the power of God
: a very amazing or unusual event, thing, or achievement.

Miracle is the first baby born in the new birth center Mercy In Action built and opened recently on the outskirts of Manila, in a community that rose up out of the ashes of a devastating fire that destroyed her parent's home in a slum in Manila.

Miracle is also defined as : 

a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences.
You must understand that the people in this community on the outskirts of Manila were once a tight-knit group of urban slumdwellers.  In one terrifying night, they all lost their homes to a fire that raged through the shanties destroying all in its path.
Many of them came together again in a resettlement area provided for them. They gradually rebuilt shattered lives and went on living.
A few months ago, the midwife who used to live among them before the fire came back. Cecille was home among them, but had no place to work.  Then, through the efforts of Mercy In Action, supported by Global Giving donors, we were able to build a birth center again for this band of formerly homeless people. A beautiful, well equipped center, with kind compassionate staff, where there are never any fees for service.
And baby girl Miracle was the first baby to be born in this resettlement community birth center built by Mercy In Action.
Her parents named her Miracle.
Maybe you, our donors, are the miracle.
At least we are all a part of the bigger miracle that brings life and health to a community shattered by disaster in a poor urban slum. 
Miracle. Another definition is " a highly improbable or extraordinary event, development, or accomplishment that brings very welcome consequences."
I would say a healthy baby is indeed a very welcome consequence!
Thank you so much for your generosity to help bring this miracle to pass, not just for baby Miracle, who is the first, but for the thousands of healthy babies that will follow in years to come.  A community birth center that is free to the public is indeed a miracle in a region where most live in abject poverty in the Philippines.  God Bless you! 

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Midwife, Mother and Baby in the community
Midwife, Mother and Baby in the community

Spring is here and all things are becoming new. And Mercy In Action is in the building process again! We are so excited to be building a new birth center and clinic in an area outside of Manila, for a midwife that was relocated to the area after a fire destroyed her entire urban community. Now many of the families have relocated to this new area, and will have their own midwife back again. It is hard to convey how happy it makes the pregnant women to know that the familiar midwife they know and love from their former community is moving into the resettlement area with them in time to assist at their upcoming birth! 

Right now our midwife is working in the middle of the construction mess to offer prenatal exams in temporary space,  but soon the lovely new birth center will be ready for her to move into. Your contributions have helped greatly with our building project; we expect to be moved in before any of the current patients reach their due date.

Thank you to each and every person who donates to Mercy In Action through Global Giving. You make it possible for families living in very difficult and unsettling circumstances  to have quality maternity care provided to them free of cost, in clean, beautiful facilities, with kind and well trained midwives.

If anyone would like to donate new or very gently used baby clothes, blankets or knit caps for us to give free to each new baby, you may mail them to this address:

Mercy In Action
c/o Cecille Manaois
Phase 6-B, Block 7 Lot 6
Towerville Brgy, Gaya Gaya
City of San Jose Del Monte
Bulacan 3023, Philippines 

Thank you and Lord Bless you!

"Whoever is kind to the needy honors God" Proverbs 14:31 

Temporary space to conduct prenatal exams
Temporary space to conduct prenatal exams
Kitchen area before photo
Kitchen area before photo
Kitchen area after renovation photo
Kitchen area after renovation photo
Happy to be getting a local birth center soon
Happy to be getting a local birth center soon

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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
$78,192 raised of $99,000 goal
 
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