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#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty

In a garden in Jinja, Uganda, a town nestled near the shores of Lake Victoria, one would expect to see life growing. But this life was not the type rooted in the ground: a woman stumbled upon an abandoned 8-month-old baby, an event that would change the path of her life forever.  

The woman rescued the infant and brought her to Amani Baby Cottage, an organization that provides care for orphaned and abandoned children, with a mission to find permanent homes for all of the kids it serves.

The 8-month-old, Grace, had called Amani Baby Cottage home since she was found in fall 2018 - until this month when the woman who found her was finally able to welcome her as family.

Our wonderful friends shared this update about Grace and her new family:

“We have great news, Amani Family! Our sweet baby Grace is now being fostered to be adopted!!!

The wonderful woman you see holding her was actually the one who found her after she was sadly abandoned last fall. These wonderful people have been working towards becoming licensed foster parents since then and, just a few days ago, Gracie was able to join her forever family.

Though there is now a place at Amani that feels a little empty with Gracie gone, we could not be more ecstatic for her! We will still keep up with Grace on a regular basis and have sponsors continue to support her new family and our social workers during this transition for the next few years. Please join us in praying for Grace, her new family, and everyone at Amani during this sweet transition. 

Adoption into a forever family is one human act that in part emulates what He has done for us. Well done Mama and Papa Grace...we are here to support you through the foster to adopt process.”

Grace’s story is not uncommon. We serve abandoned babies around the world, and your donations ensure we can empower these individuals to live clean, prosperous and healthy lives.

Thanks for helping Grace and other babies just like her. 

~ Stephanie


About Our Global Efforts: Through a trusted network of  community-based partners Jake’s Diapers provides predominantly reusable options to solving hygiene needs worldwide. We have a growing list of diaper drops in countries outside the United States.

Make your impact today! A donation of $16 solves diaper need for moms and babies like the ones in our story

Across the country, 62% of working moms headed to their jobs are also raising infants at home, according to the National Diaper Bank Network.

Beyond dealing with the regular exhaustion that comes from tending to the demanding needs of a wee one, one in three U.S. moms suffer from diaper need, also according to NDBN. That’s a lot of working moms struggling to make ends meet. 

Most childcare facilities require parents to provide diapers for their children, meaning struggling to provide diapers also creates a hurdle when moms need to get to work.

“Nationally, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on childcare said they missed an average of four days of school or work in the past month because they didn’t have diapers,” according to the Wisconsin Diaper Facts sheet on NDBN.

Four missed days of work or school because of a lack of diapers. 

Jake’s Diapers launched its Direct Aid diaper loan program in 2018 to serve more of these individuals in need. 

For example, one mom who benefitted from our national Direct Aid loan program let us know how the donation transformed her diaper changing experience.

“You sent us diapers a few weeks ago,” she said. “I was in shock at the box and then in tears seeing inside. Every time I change my daughter, I feel so much love knowing so many people cared enough to help me put clean, comfortable diapers on my daughter. Even my older children love the diapers. Such cute and beautiful colors.”

About Our National Efforts: Jake’s Diapers provides reusable options to members of the National Diaper Bank Network to supplement their work with single-use items. We also maintain partnerships with a network of organizations throughout the United States to support their efforts to help others live clean, healthy and prosperous lives. In late 2018, we also launched a direct aid cloth diaper loan program for individual applicants in the U.S.

Nestled near the source of the River Nile in a city called Jinja, Uganda, stories of loss fill young children’s lives.

For example, John‘s mother is deceased and his father is unable to care for him. Sarah’s mother passed away after giving birth, and her father was unable to care for her. Caroline was given up at 3 months old, with her family unable to care for her.

These three children are all part of the family at Amani Bay Cottage, a home that provides care for orphaned, abandoned and needy children, from newborn to 5 years old. 

“Our goal and mission is to find a permanent home for all of our children, either through reuniting with their families or adoption,” said Emily Saum of Amani. “Amani means peace in Swahili, and when people walk onto the property, we hope that they feel the peace that passes all understanding. Even in the broken and hard times in life, we hope that they can see God working and gives peace to the broken, to the orphan, to the hurting.”

The cottage is a “busy place,” Emily said, full of kids playing, babies sleeping and eating. They have staff and interns who help keep the place operating, overseeing daily activities from playtime to preschool to social work.

The Amani Baby Cottage recently joined Jake’s Diapers list of Diaper Drop partners, and we’re happy to have made a difference for the organization already.

“Having (cloth diapers from Jake’s) has helped us tremendously,” Emily said. “We are a babies home, so we can go through diapers like no tomorrow! Disposable diapers can become so expensive as we need so many. This became the most logical thing to use. And we are so blessed to have Jake’s Diapers as a partner!”

Thanks for helping the children of Amani Baby Cottage! 

~ Stephanie

Stephanie Bowers, Executive Director & Co-Founder of Jake's Diapers

From the beginning, Jake’s Diapers has leveraged partnerships with established organizations already serving people in need. It’s made it possible to easily connect with populations living in poverty, and create a wide-reaching impact around the world.

It’s also a source of inspiration, to realize the stories that come from the ripple effects our partnerships are creating.

HEAL Ministries in Uganda is one of our Diaper Drop partners. The organization’s aim is to “empower vulnerable, abandoned women and children in Christ-centered programs that teach sustainability and family preservation,” according to its website

Here’s an example of the lives they are saving, as summarized from HEAL’s website:

Imagine a 14-year-old mom kicked out of her family and village. She wants to end life because she is pregnant from rape but doesn’t. She chooses hope and family and love. That same 16-year-old, two years later, skips joyfully through HEAL’s gates with her 2-year-old child to drop her off in childcare, because she has to hurry off to High School — choosing education and hope.

HEAL Ministries considers this a success, and we do, too, thanks to your generous support. With diapers, her child can attend childcare, and she can attend school. 

Thank you for making moments like this possible. 

~ Stephanie

Locked in generational poverty. 

That’s how Dawn Hicks of the Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center of West Plains, Missouri, describes the majority of the families they serve.

“Over the years as manufacturing jobs have been lost, we have seen low-paying service jobs become the mainstay for the majority of low-skilled workers in the area, leading to the difficulty of earning a living wage,” she said. 

“Working multiple jobs to make ends meet is common,” she continued. “Affordable childcare is hard to find and maternity leave is almost nonexistent. Eighty percent of students in the West Plains Schools qualify for free and reduced lunch. There is little access to public transportation and owning and maintaining a vehicle is an expense beyond the means of many, especially those who are earning minimum wage.”

Dawn connected with Jake’s Diapers late in 2018 to join as a Diaper Drop partner and extend their ability to serve the local Missouri families. Dawn said they had received about 20 cloth diaper kits in early 2016, and have wanted to expand that program since – but have not had the funds or resources.

“As of October (2018) we have distributed over 86,000 disposable diapers and we would love to get more cloth diapers to families to reduce the monthly need and to help our environment,” Dawn said. ““Using cloth diapers helps our local families to redirect funds that would be spent on disposables, besides being more environment-friendly.”

We’re happy to add Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center to our list of Diaper Drop Partners and have already shipped products to the organization. Dawn said it’s already made an impact, and shared one comment from a recipient.

“I am a grandma, I have my granddaughter 4 to 7 days and nights per week,” the recipient said. ”I am disabled. Her dad is not well and lives with me, and money is tight.  This will help.”


About Our Diaper Drop Partners

Focus on Babies Diaper Resource Center is just one of our many Diaper Drop partners Jake’s Diapers features regularly to shed light on the stories of the people we serve in order to increase awareness about the impact a donation of hygiene products can have on a single individual.

Thanks for helping babies! 

~ Stephanie


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Jake's Diapers, Inc.

Location: Little Chute, WI - USA
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Twitter: @jakesdiapers
Project Leader:
Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Kaukauna, WI United States

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