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
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
Ladies receiving training at The Mabinti Centre
Ladies receiving training at The Mabinti Centre

Dear Friends,

In celebration of International Women’s Day, your gift today goes further to support brighter futures for women and girls like Jesca.

After enduring a prolonged and difficult labor, Jesca discovered that her baby was stillborn, and that she was now living with an obstetric fistula. When her partner left her as a result of her chronic incontinence, Jesca suddenly had to support herself. Fortunately, she heard about the free, comprehensive fistula treatment offered at CCBRT. Her successful fistula repair surgery in 2007 was a major step forward in her recovery journey.

In 2011, Jesca took another significant step forward: she graduated from The Mabinti Centre’s socio-economic empowerment program after a year of training in sewing, beading, crochet, bookkeeping and entrepreneurial literacy. In 2013, she took yet another step when she accepted a full-time position as an employee in Mabinti’s production unit. Today, Jesca lives happily with her husband in her own home. “I am proud to work at The Mabinti Centre,” she says.

The Mabinti Centre equips women recovering from obstetric fistula with the skills and knowledge they need to rebuild their lives and become financially independent after experiencing the trauma and stigma of obstetric fistula. This International Women’s Day, we’re asking for your help: please support us in our mission to reach more women like Jesca through The Mabinti Centre.

How can you help?

  1. Today only, your donation (up to $250) to our Give Women Recovering from Fistula a Bright Future GlobalGiving project will be matched at 30% while funds last.
  • $55 supports the monthly allowance for one Mabinti trainee.
  • $150 provides English lessons for one trainee for a year.
  • $272 supports a sewing trainer and mentor for one month.
  • $700 provides business starter kits (including sewing machines, scissors, fabric and a calculator) to four trainees when they graduate .

2. Spread the word: follow this click-to-tweet link to tweet your support for The Mabinti Centre’s work.

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to celebrate women and girls around the world. This International Women’s Day, thank you for being part of our incredible and generous community, and for your commitment to empowering women and girls!

With gratitude,
The Kupona Foundation team: Abbey, Sami & Claire

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Photo credit: Sala Lewis
Photo credit: Sala Lewis

Dear Friends,

From today until March 14th, we invite you to join us as we celebrate the courage, perseverance, and strength of the women we serve in Tanzania. Women like Debora, Fadhila, and Naomi who have overcome the pain and trauma of fistulas resulting from obstructed labor or other childbirth injuries.

Today, these resilient women are living free of fistula, rebuilding their lives, and helping other women living with fistula to come out of the shadows to receive free, comprehensive treatment at CCBRT Hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. They are strong not only for themselves, but for the women around them, and we are so excited to celebrate them in the lead-up to International Women’s Day.

“Before I came to CCBRT, I did not have the courage to ask for the treatment prices because of my financial status. But when I came to CCBRT I was overjoyed to know I can receive treatment for free! I am so thankful for the surgery I have just received; it went very well. I cannot express how joyful I am!” - Debora, former patient at CCBRT

Over the next two weeks, we are excited to share their stories, hear from Kupona supporters who have spent time with women and girls living with fistula, and highlight healthcare workers serving on the frontlines of fistula care. We are partnering with our friends at GlobalGiving to ensure that these stories are told and that your impact can go exponentially further.

How can you get involved?

  • Make a Donation on March 8th (International Women’s Day). Gifts made through our GlobalGiving project on this date will generate a 30% match while matching funds last.*
  • Share with friends! There are bonus prizes available for the GlobalGiving projects that have the most donations and unique donors, so we need your help to spread the word! Share our posts with your friends and family and ask them to donate and share too!

What will your support accomplish?
Donations will support vocational training at The Mabinti Centre, our socioeconomic empowerment program for women recovering from fistula. Through a training program focused on crafts and entrepreneurship skills, Mabinti gives women recovering from fistula repair surgery the tools and confidence to rebuild their lives, open businesses, and regain their independence. It also prepares them to become ambassadors in their communities, helping to refer other women for treatment.

We are so excited for what the next two weeks will bring. We hope that you will join us in fighting for empowerment and healing for women and girls in Tanzania. 

Warm regards,
Abbey Kocan
Executive Director

*Online donations up to $250 will be matched at 30%                                                                                      

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Dear friends,

It takes a village - thank you for being part of ours. As we take a moment to reflect after the rush of the holidays and before the demands of a new year begin, we want to say thank you.

Thank you for being an integral part of the Kupona community, our “village.”

Thank you for providing essential, life-changing healthcare to those who need it most in Tanzania.

This December, you helped us raise over $34,000. This means, in 2019 we will be able to:

  • Train 196 maternal and newborn health workers like Ladness to identify newborns with disabilities at birth and refer them for treatment.
  • Provide obstetric fistula repair surgeries and holistic rehabilitation to 20 women like Brenda completely free of charge, giving them the opportunity for a brighter future.
  • And provide safe C-sections for so many expectant mothers in need of emergency care.

Your kindness and commitment to making a difference inspire us, and we feel incredibly fortunate to be able to work together with you toward achieving our mission. We wish you and yours all the best for a happy and healthy New Year! 

With sincere gratitude,

Abbey, Sami and Claire
The Kupona Foundation team

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Bob (fourth from left) visiting The Mabinti Centre
Bob (fourth from left) visiting The Mabinti Centre

Dear friends,

To all of our partners, donors, and friends, I want to say “thank you” for supporting Kupona Foundation and our Tanzanian partner CCBRT in 2018.  

I was a supporter of this work long before I ever joined the Board of Directors. When one of my former clients introduced me to Kupona’s mission, it resonated with me. I originally came to Kupona because of that relationship, but I stayed for the mission.

I stayed because of mothers like Flora, who can now deliver their babies in facilities that are safer, better equipped, and staffed with well-trained medical teams. I stayed because of Kupona and CCBRT’s commitment to finding sustainable, lasting solutions like the new CCBRT Private Clinic. I stayed because of children like Paulo, who are receiving the care they need to walk, see, play, and go to school. I stayed because of the inspiring and dedicated healthcare workers like Dr. Brenda and her team that are saving lives every day in delivery rooms across Dar es Salaam.

I stayed because this work is solving problems and saving lives, not just today, but for generations to come. And I am so glad I did.

On behalf of the Kupona team here in the U.S. and the team at CCBRT, thank you for making this year both life-changing and life-saving. We have just one more day left in 2018. If you have not yet had a chance to give, please do so. By training two maternal healthcare workers to handle complicated deliveries, a gift of just $100 has the power to save lives.

Wishing you and yours all the best in 2019.

Happy New Year!

Robert Schwed

 

P.S. This past October, I took my second trip to visit our colleagues at CCBRT, where I was privileged to see the impact of your generosity firsthand. My good friend and the newest Kupona Board member, Betsy Zink, shared her impressions from this trip in this brief blog.

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Meet Flora
Meet Flora

Dear Friends,

I’m excited to write to you today: your support, and the support of other like minded donors, over the past few weeks has raised over $22,000 to make life saving care available to the people we serve. Together with our partner CCBRT we want to say ‘asante sana’: thank you so much!

With just two weeks left in 2018, we’re reaching out to give you an update on what your generosity means.

For women like Flora, your support empowers clinical staff to provide the high quality care needed to ensure safe deliveries and respectful care for mothers and their newborns. Well-trained staff with access to the necessary equipment and supplies are better able to support normal deliveries and respond effectively in an emergency. 

Flora gave birth in a routine delivery in Dar es Salaam. She shared, “The doctors and nurses treated me well. I thank them and all the others who have helped me and my newborn son receive these good services.” Thanks to your generosity, and the hard work of CCBRT’s Maternal Health Capacity Building Program operating in 23 facilities throughout the region, Flora’s experience was a healthy and happy one.

Flora’s story is meaningful because she had the care she needed. Had she given birth in Dar es Salaam eight years ago, she might have had a very different experience. Thanks to your support we’ve been able to contribute to a 670% improvement in quality of care since 2012.

We want to ensure that every mother can have a healthy, respectful delivery. Your support helps our team move closer to making this vision a reality for thousands of Tanzanian mothers and families, just like Flora’s, every day.

If you have already given during this year-end period, THANK YOU. If you haven’t had a chance to make your gift, it’s not too late. Every donation we receive through GlobalGiving between now and December 31st will be amplified through GlobalGiving’s bonus gifts. Your gift has the power to save lives.

Thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without you, and we are so grateful that you have chosen to be part of our community. Wishing you and yours a Happy Holiday season.

Warm regards,

Abbey

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Location: Washington, DC - USA
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Susana Oguntoye
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Washington, DC - District of Columbia United States
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