There was a national story yesterday that cited the Census Bureau as reporting that 44 million Americans...one in seven residents...in our country live in poverty. I wanted to share the following story with you to let you know how your kind support is achieving results with our at-risk clients.
Last week, I checked in with Terry, our nurse home visitor who calls on Marisol. When we first met, Mirasol was 13 years old and had given birth a month earlier to a healthy baby boy. I learned from Marisol that there had been a cycle of early pregnancies in the family. Her mother had given birth to Marisol when she was 13 and her older sister also got pregnant at 13. Between being so young and pregnant, all three mothers also live below the poverty line.
The good news is that Marisol is determined to break this cycle of poverty and, with the help of Terry, is back in school and doing well. Since she had no one to watch her baby, Terry helped Marisol locate a safe, special school where she could take classes online as well as bring her now one-year-old infant Jerardo. Marisol not only completed 8th grade to keep up with kids her age, but is enrolled as a 9th grader. Terry proudly calls Marisol her "star."
Marisol's story is but one of many out there in the Nurse-Family Partnership community. We are fortunate to have had the results of three randomized control trials that demonstrate the effectiveness of early intervention and the NFP program in improving pregnancy outcomes, child health and development and economic self-sufficiency.
As of September 16, you have helped us and the vulnerable women and children we serve move closer to our goal of being a permanent part of GlobalGiving. Thanks to you, we've achieved one part of our goal of raising at least $4,000. We're at $5,112! However, we are presently 18 donors short of reaching the other part of the goal of getting a minimum of 50 donors. We need to be successful in both parts to succeed.
Your help in reaching out to your network of friends and family just once more and asking them to visit www.globalgiving.org/6077 and consider making even a small donation would be so helpful. Thank you again for helping us and the at-risk families we serve succeed!