At the beginning of August, we started a campaign to receive donations for the premature babies in Nicaragua.
As the month went on, we felt discourage since we didn't have the overflowing help we were expecting. However, we managed to get awesome people on board and also with the help of our church family and Little Shoppes, the first week of September we were able to buy 15 pediatric oximeters (Acc U Rate brand, they cost almost $30.00 each) and also 20 boxes Tri-Vi-Sol from enfamil (50 ml each) . Those were sent in a suitcase to Nicaragua. We also received diapers, blankets, wipes, little hats and clothes.
Amazingly, some people overheard our story and got involved, helping our cause even more.
We were able to donate $ 410 dollars cash, which converts in C$ 12,382 (Nicaraguan currency)
We just want to say thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Let me just explain why we're doing this. Health care in Nicaragua is free, when you go to a hospital to receive care you don't have to pay anything. however, free doesn't always mean good news. The supplies the hospital receives are given by the government and so they get certain amount, if they run out of supplies before the month ends, they don't have more to spare. This of course is an issue it happens in all hospitals in Nicaragua.
We decided to focus in one particular side of this issue: Premature Babies. In Nicaragua, the neonatal death rate is 9 per 1,000 live births, which represents a 50% reduction compared to the previous decade, when 18 deaths were reported per 1,000 births, according to government reports in May of this year. Only two hospitals have the proper equipment to give proper treatments to this particular population.
The health department of Nicaragua has reported 782 deaths of newborns so far this year, according to their official records, some 1,166 pregnant women were treated in the health units for premature births, prolonged labor and postpartum hemorrhages. The prematurity rate in Nicaragua is 4.2% per 10,000 pregnancies.
When we started this project, we knew we needed to make a difference. We contacted a wonderful foundation that is been a God's sent for all the work they do with preemies. The Nicaraguan Foundation for Premature Babies. They buy the medications for the hospitals so they can have enough to treat our preemies. They work 100% under donations. Everything they receive is given for free to parents with premature babies. Once their baby is clear to go home, the foundation helps them with supplies and/or equipment to keep monitoring their baby.
We just want to thank you all for the support, your donations are very important to us and it literally can make a life and death difference.
Please keep them coming, "...Freely you have received; freely give." Mt. 10:8
Here is also the Facebook page of the foundation