Thank you for the generousity showed by your donations to help us rebuild one more clinic in the recovering disaster zone on Samar Island, where Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda destroyed the health infrastructure in 2013. This birth center we rebuilt was for a midwife named Lorina, who had worked for Mercy In Action when we were delivering babies in tents in the aftermath; now she is in her new building where she can deliver babies in comfort and safety! So this was a sucessful project, and we are very grateful for all of you who helped.
Mercy In Action runs clinics and birth centers in several places in the Philippines on an ongoing basis, so we hope you will contine to donate to these very worthy projects. We support seven midwives in the Philippines full time, so that they can serve thousands of pregnant women and newborn babies every year.
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Building begins this week on renovations to an existing building that will soon house the newest birth center and clinic to be rebuilt from the ashes of Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda. This typhoon destroyed much of Leyte and Samar islands, killing thousands and making tens of thousands of people homeless. It also left the survivors with no standing birth centers.
Into this void, a midwife named Lorina has stepped. She asked Mercy In Action to help her fund a new birth center. We worked with Lorina in our disaster response tents in 2013-2014, so we were glad to say yes. Now, we are raising funds for this rebuilding. And, we have already sent a truckload of birthing center supplies, medical equipment, and furnishings for the clinic when it is constructed. Now we are just waiting for the workers to be ready to begin.
Thank you for your support of this project to get another quality birth center up and running for the pregnant women in Samar island. It is an investment in the future of the Philippines; caring for the health of mothers and babies is a wise investment, as well as a good thing to do.
Lorina, Michelle, Nerissa-midwives in the disaster
There are many steps to recovery after an enormous natural disaster destroys communities. And there are many steps to take in rebuilding the many damaged and destroyed health facilities in the area, as well. Pregnant women are counting to a safe, clean place to give birth when the time comes, and they cannot wait.
A midwife named Lorina was a survivor of Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally known as Yolanda), the storm that ravaged her community in the Philippines and destroyed most of the health centers and hospitals on two islands. She worked for Mercy In Action in our disaster response tents delivering babies in 2013-2014, and later worked for Bumi Wada in their maternity clinic. Lorina is now interning with Mercy In Action sponsored Nerissa to learn how to a birth center according to best international standards of practice, while fundraising for her own birth center.
We are now having local advisors look into either buying land and starting the building process, or renting a building for renovation into a birth center. Your donations will allow us to help get another quality, evidence-based maternity service started in the recovering disaster zone in the Visayan islands of the Philippines and make birth safe for mothers and babies who are rebuilding their lives after Typhoon Haiyan.
Thank you for caring about the health and well-being of babies being born into recover. We can make a difference for generations to come by rebuilding birth centers.
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