Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women

by Kupona Foundation
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Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
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Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
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Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women
Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women

Dear Friends,

On Giving Tuesday, our team called you to action in support of the people we serve. Watch this video to see what YOUR generosity means for women like Angela, in her own words. 

“They operated on me four times, but I did not recover. That’s when I gave up, I thought I would never recover from fistula. I lost hope...When I reached CCBRT, I was no longer the only one suffering from fistula. I met many other women like me. CCBRT has transformed my life. Right now I am learning how to be a seamstress at Mabinti,” Angela told us. 

On Giving Tuesday our community mobilized over $14,000. We are on our way to reaching our goal of $50,000 by year end. With $50,000 we can give 100 women like Angela the gift of a clean, respectful, safe delivery at CCBRT’s new maternity and newborn hospital. 

If you didn't get the chance to give on Tuesday, good news! GlobalGiving has just launched a second round of prize funds, giving you another chance to amplify your impact. From now until December 31st, GlobalGiving will continue to award cash prizes to the organizations that raise the most funds, and also to those who mobilize the most donors. It’s not too late to play your part and unlock the potential to change lives this holiday season. Make your gift today. 

Thank you so much for your support. Wishing you a happy start to the holiday season.

With gratitude,

Abbey Kocan, Executive Director

P.S. Don't forget to spread the word to your friends and family. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram and share the posts that inspire you this giving season!

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Dear Friend, 

As a valued supporter of our GlobalGiving project “Make Motherhood Safe for Tanzanian Women”, I wanted to reach out to invite you to a special milestone event celebrating Kupona Foundation’s 10th Anniversary on Thursday, October 10th in New York City. 

Since its founding in 2009, the Kupona community has helped its Tanzanian partner CCBRT provide over 100,000 life-changing surgeries for children and adults living with disabilities like cleft lip/palate, obstetric fistula and cataracts, and has helped improve a mother’s chance of survival by 40% in the Dar es Salaam region of Tanzania. We are so grateful for your support, and hope that you will also feel pride in these accomplishments.

You’re invited! We are celebrating Kupona’s 10th Anniversary at The Penn Club of New York, where we’ll be joined by special guests Brenda Msangi, CEO of CCBRT and Dr. Brenda D’mello, who leads CCBRT's Maternal Health Capacity Building Program. Together, these two inspiring leaders have spent nearly 20 years at CCBRT, serving the Tanzanian community and bringing endless energy and commitment to their work in program design, management and strategic partnership development. You are invited to join us to meet the Kupona team, Brenda and Dr. Brenda as we share our vision for the future and celebrate a decade of changing and saving lives for the communities we serve. 

Please visit Kupona’s event page to RSVP and read about the event. I hope that you will be able to join us for this important milestone celebration. 

All the best,
Abbey Kocan 

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Dear Friends,

Kupona Foundation’s 2018 Annual Report is now available! 

Thanks to your support in 2018, over 83,400 expectant mothers safely delivered their babies at partner facilities in Dar es Salaam, over 900 frontline health workers were trained in the provision of high quality maternal and newborn healthcare and over 700 clients, including 107 fistula patients, received respectful, appropriate family planning services at CCBRT’s family planning clinic, Tim’s Corner. 

For staff like Dr. Timothy, who has worked on CCBRT’s Maternal and Newborn Healthcare Capacity Building team since 2013, on-going training is a critical component of quality healthcare. In 2018, he offered vacuum-assisted delivery training to 97 providers in seven of the the busiest Dar es Salaam health facilities. The results? Average skill scores of participants increased from 53% to 85% at the conclusion of the training.

Dr. Timothy recalls entering a busy labor ward one morning, where the doctor on-call was finishing his eighth Caesarean section in 24 hours. Exhausted, he asked Dr. Timothy to attend to the final woman waiting for surgery. Dr. Timothy performed a successful vacuum-assisted delivery, avoiding the need for surgery all together. “The doctor observed my procedure and insisted that he would not leave until he learned how to do one, too. And the mother had not wanted an operation - she was so thankful for our help.”

You can read the rest of Dr. Timothy’s story, and other stories of lives changed through your support by accessing our 2018 Annual Report

Thank you for your partnership in 2018, and for your continued generosity as we work to change the status quo for Tanzanian women. 

Are you feeling inspired? GlobalGiving’s Little by Little campaign is underway this week.Beginning at 9:00 am ET on Monday, August 12th and until 11:59 pm ET on Friday August 16th, donations up to $50 will be matched at 60%.Please consider sharing this Project Report via email or social media with a note about the matching funds and why you give to support more health workers like Dr. Timothy and the mothers, babies, and families they serve. 

With gratitude,
Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Today is Bonus Day! Starting at 9:00 a.m ET your gift of $100 to $1,000 will be matched up to 50% through midnight tonight or until matching funds run out.  Watch this video to hear why Betsy gives to Kupona Foundation. 

As a birth and postpartum doula and one of our valued Board members, Betsy is all too familiar with the challenges facing mothers and newborns. She had the opportunity to see CCBRT’s holistic model of care being put into action first-hand when she visited Tanzania in October. From providing free hospital transportation for women with fistula to training maternal health care workers to save lives at birth. Kupona’s local partner in Tanzania, CCBRT, fights to remove all barriers to treatment and recovery.

Your gift of $100 to $1,000 today -- matched by GlobalGiving -- helps us provide holistic care for mothers, babies, and women living with fistula. Betsy says it best, “I love this soup to nuts approach to care. It’s innovative, and quite effective.” We believe everyone has a right to high quality healthcare.

Please join Betsy in making your gift go further today.  


Thank you for your support.

With gratitude,
Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Dear Friend, 

Tomorrow is Bonus Day! Beginning at 9:00 am ET on July 18th, your donation goes further to support health workers like Dorcas and the mothers, babies and families they serve. Gifts from $100 to $1,000 will receive up to a 50% match

Dorcas is a valued member of our partner CCBRT’s Maternal Health Capacity Building Team (MHCB),whichworks to strengthen health systems in Dar es Salaam by expanding the knowledge of clinicians and quality of care. On a recent visit to Tegeta Dispensary, a clinic that provides antenatal care for expectant mothers, she met 17-year-old Jane, who was expecting her first child. Jane’s mother explained that they had been to the clinic before, and had been told that Jane needed a male partner with her to receive services. “I told Jane and her mother that nothing like that is needed to access services,” remembers Dorcas. “Even when their partners are not around, women should still be able to access the care they need.” 

That same day, Dorcas met another couple. It was soon apparent that the man was not the baby’s father. During her two prior visits to Tegeta Dispensary, the mother had been told that she needed a male partner, just as Jane had. Dorcas realized what was happening: the clinic had misinterpreted best practice knowledge advising that male partners should be encouraged to accompany their expectant partner on visits to receive information on how to best support mother and child.  However, male partners are by no means necessary for a woman to receive care. 

Dorcas quickly informed regional and district authorities, who are taking action to remedy the incorrect rule. Dorcas emphasizes how this situation reinforces the importance of the MHCB Program. “This challenge was only discovered working alongside the providers on the frontline. Health education messages can get modified without direct observation and quality control,” explains Dorcas. “That’s why CCBRT’s Capacity Building Program is so important – on-site coaching and practice facilitation has proven to be the best practice for behavior change, so that every mother in need can access the best care.”  

Your support makes Dorcas’ work possible. You are helping Dorcas empower health workers with the tools they need to empower expectant mothers and their partners with the information THEY need to demand high quality care. I invite you to join us for this special matching opportunity tomorrow, to make your gift go further. The higher the amount, the higher the match! 


Thank you so much for your support!

With gratitude, 
Abbey Kocan

Executive Director, Kupona Foundation

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Kupona Foundation

Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Project Leader:
Susana Oguntoye
Executive Director
Washington, DC - District of Columbia United States
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