Today I would like to give you some more deails about the organization in Haiti that I will be visiting, Heartline ministries. I spoke about how I learned about Heartline ministries in one of my previous posts. One of their main ministries is their maternity center, which provides Haitian women with medical care during pregnancy and birth. There are 3 full time midwives, in addition to two Haitian RN’s. Here in the U.S., we take prenatal care for granted, and forget how many women and babies around the world die due to complications from childbirth or poor prenatal care. For these women, having a clean, safe place to deliver their baby is a gift not taken for granted. Heartline also has a women’s program aimed at teaching women life skills and literacy, to help them out of the cycle of poverty. In addition, Heartline sponsors Haitian children so they can attend school, and provides programs for men to teach them business and life skills.
I am so excited to share this next part with you right now. The other day as I was perusing the Heartline website, trying to get to know the organization a little better before my travel date to Haiti, I noticed they have a list of ongoing needs for supplies and medications on their website. I had a thought–wouldn’t it be great if I could bring an extra suitcase with me, filled with supplies? Then my friends and family could help in a practical way, be involved with me, like we are doing it together. You wouldn’t exactly be coming to Haiti with me, but in a way, you would.
As I looked over the list, I thought, what if we had a BABY SHOWER for the maternity center at Heartline? Then we could gather donations and supplies, AND, maybe we could eat cake! I mean, if it is a shower, there should be cake, right? Many of the things they need are so practical, and could be picked up with your grocery order or Target run. Some of the more specialized medical equipment might be harder to come by, but I am going to probe around. If anyone has any connections on where to find a cervical tennaculum, let me know. Also, what the heck is that? Never mind, maybe I don’t want to know!
I would really love to hear some feedback from all of you, whether in the blog comments, on Facebook, or in person, if you would like to be involved. If I am able to get a big enough haul, I may consider shipping the supplies to Heartline before my trip so I can travel light. If that is the case, I would accept monetary donations to help cover shipping. My big dream would be to have enough things collected that we could have a “packing party”, and I think this would be an excellent cake-eating opportunity! For those of you who don’t like to shop or who perhaps do not live nearby, I could purchase supplies on your behalf if you prefer to send/give money. Money would also be useful for shipping costs. Or, if you prefer, see Heartline’s website, as you can always make a direct donation to them via PayPal.
I just think it would be so fun to see how much we could gather, don’t you? I remember being pregnant and being showered with the love and generosity of my friends and family. My little babies came into the world with more supplies than a baby could ever need. My firstborn amassed so many onesies and receiving blankets before he was even born, that I actually had a hormonally- induced breakdown because I didn’t see how I could ever make use of or even find space for everything. Picture me crying in a rocking chair in my unborn baby’s nursery because he had 58 size 0-3 onesies. Yes, it really happened.
So…..who’s in? Please start by spreading the word–“like” and “share” this post, and let me know if you want to be involved!