Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits

by Refugee Empowerment International
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Give Hope to Mothers in Myanmar with Baby Kits
Jan 7, 2019

Making an Impact

Mother happy with baby wrap
Mother happy with baby wrap

While displacement continues within Karen State, Myanmar, it undermines the importance of providing support to new mothers giving birth in remote areas where they live in fear and insecurity. One beneficiary said “My village is very remote in the mountains and we must be careful and hide from the soldiers who march around our areas and will hurt us villagers. We do not have a lot of different things for sale in our village.”

The health message in the kit provided in this project gives valuable information for the mother, information that is new to them. In one community they commented that they were really happy with the training sessions that back up the health message. They hadn’t previously understood which foods are good for pregnancy. Some women still believed in old traditions such as avoiding eggs or bananas when you are pregnant.

They also never knew that the first milk is good for the newborn babies and, according to tradition, they would throw away the first milk.

In addition to these essential health facts, items in the kit bring great comfort to the women. One 37-year-old mother who received the kit said:
"Before this I didn't know that babies could be wrapped with a white soft cloth. Usually we wrap our babies in pieces of old sarongs or old clothes. I was very surprised to receive cloth like this for my baby. Since I have been using this white cloth, and the soap I received in the baby kit, I notice that my baby's skin is clearer and she seems healthier than other babies I have had."

A comment from another mother sums up in simple terms how worthwhile our support is:
"Thank you for your help to me and my children. You don't know me, and you live far away from my village, but anyway you are willing to help me. You must be very kind and thoughtful. If I could meet you I would express my deep gratitude to you. " 

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