Thursday, January 20, 2011

Maternal Health Project with Craft Hope

I know I've posted about Craft Hope before and I just can't help but to do that again today.

Their first project of the year is helping with maternal health in Haiti. According to their post, 1 in 8 Haitian children dies before they reach the age of 5 and their maternal mortality rate is 1,400 in 100,00. Both of these statistics are a true reflection of the fact that only 1 in 100,000 Haitians has access to a physician. That is astounding.

I had complications with the birth of my 3rd child. Without medical care I would have died shortly after her birth. I'm so grateful for the care I received that day and wish more women in Haiti had that kind of care and chance as well.

Well, over at Craft Hope they are helping give women and their beautiful babies a better shot at survival - with simple birth kits. Here's what all they include:

1 small bar of soap
1 piece of clean 4mil. plastic sheeting (3 feet wide by 4 feet long)
1 piece of clean string, 24 inches long
1 packet alcohol wipe
1 set of sterile latex gloves
1 packet (or travel container) Purelle
1 handmade tote bag

receiving blanket–36 inches square
small “stuffy” toy

I've participated in one of the Craft Hope projects before. It was so easy to not do more because of time. It's so hard to fit in one more activity - one more project - even if it is simple. I think that's the American way. We all want to help. We want to do something, but we don't know how to fit it in.

I want to help though. I want Delicate Fortress to help this cause. And I need your suggestions.

So far I've only come up with one idea - for DFC to put these kits together and make them available to you for purchase. Upon purchase we would ship them out too! And we could ask Craft Hope to let us know when they came in with a note for accountability purposes. (Who wants to throw money at something without the assurance that it is actually doing what they want it to?) I don't know what the cost would be of putting one kit together, but I'm going to find out. I'm imagining this would be a $7 project all together.

I haven't talked to Craft Hope yet. I know 2 stay at home moms work together to make those projects, site and social media possible so I'd like to go to them with suggestions - with a thoughtful and compassionate plan.

What do you think? How do you think we can partner with Craft Hope?

Give us your suggestions! We'll compile a list and the owner of the accepted idea will receive a 15% off coupon for your entire Delicate Fortress order!

So, let's get those suggestions going! I can't wait to hear what you come up with!


  1. Maybe you could ask people to make the receiving blankets? It might be difficult for individuals to put together the entire kit (I would have no idea where to go for plastic sheeting!), but could easily make small blankets.

  2. Maybe you could ask everyone to choose a couple of things from your list to send. For instance, one person might send a whole box of string and a box of latex gloves and another person could send a roll of plastic sheeting and a box of alcohol wipes. Perhaps you could keep the list updated showing just the items you still need. Then when the deadline date is reached let us all know how many kits you are able to put together with what everyone sent.
    Whatever you decide to do please keep us posted!

  3. Both of you have great ideas! I have a very ambitious teenager in a local youth group here who would easily get a ton of kids together to make the kits! I also love the idea of keeping an updated list of how many kits we've gotten together. Amazing ideas!

  4. I don't have any new ideas, but think the project sounds awsome, and would like to help! Will follow closely.

  5. Karyn, I wonder if Blogger has a widget for keeping track of items. There are meal/party sign-up websites that do this, but a widget? I'll look around.

    I do agree that running a visible tally would be good - either here or on fb/twitter.

  6. I had another thought. Is there a local elementary school, or maybe a girl scout troop that you could work with? Maybe explain the mission and get the children involved. From what I've seen children can be great motivators!

    Maybe if it is an elementary school, the classes could have a little competition against each other, to see who can bring in the most supplies? Or, assign one thing to each class- like, second grade brings soap, third grade brings gloves, etc.

    I suppose it might be helpful to have a contact in a local school, and I am not sure if something like this is even allowed, but when I was in school, I remember being involved with projects in the local community, so maybe it could work?!

  7. World Vision, Sammaritan's purse, and other organizations have a "Gift catalog" online where you can "buy" a goat, chickens, a water well, etc for people in need. What if Delicate Fortress had a section of the store where people could buy 10 bars of soap, a roll of string, or evey "buy" shipping expenses for a dozen kits to be shipped to Hati. There could be a tally of 1) how many kits have been shipped, and 2) what the most needed items are. That would cover expenses, and Delicate Fortress's contribution could be organizing people to put the packets together and sending them.

  8. Sam - Awesome idea! I'll look into the widget thing too but I have no doubt that if something exists out there like that you will find it!

    Lexiloo - Another great idea! I have a high school student who may involve the key club of a local high school here. Elementary kids would be a great way to go too - I'll definitely try calling our local schools and see what we can come up with.

    And Anonymous - Fantastic idea! Maybe that is a great way to get the other businesses involved with their customers!

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