Mama to Mama is honored to introduce our first project. The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project: A Partnership with Konbit Sante, will initially provide newborn jersey caps to be distributed in Safe Birthing Kits in northern Haiti.
I invite you to join me in sharing your creativity, time and energy to aid our Caribbean sisters. Our life circumstances may be so very different from one another, but as women and mothers, we share so very much in common - the most basic being our desire to keep our children safe and healthy from the moment of birth onward. Please read on to find out how you can contribute to this project in a simple but meaningful way.
In northern Haiti:
- Just 1 in 5 women receives skilled medical care during childbirth.
- Haiti has the highest maternal mortaility ratio in the Western Hemisphere.
- 1 in 40 women will die as a result of pregnancy complications, unsafe abortion, or obstetrical emergency.
- Twelve percent of children die before the age of 5.
About Konbit Sante:
Konbit Sante is a Maine-based volunteer partnership working to save lives and improve health care in northern Haiti. In Haitian Creole, a konbit is a traditional method of working together to till your friends' and neighbors fields as well as your own - a cooperative effort. Sante means health. The name defines their committment to address the staggering health problems in northern Haiti where most lack basic care and live without running water.
One aspect of their work involves OB/GYN care . Konbit Sante is working to assemble Safe Birthing Kits to be distributed by traditional birth attendants in the desperately poor Fort St. Michel area of Cap-Haitien. These kits - consisting of plastic sheeting, hand sanitizer, a sterile piece of string and razor blade, and these newborn baby caps - have the potential to reduce infant and maternal mortality, and give babies a safer, healthier start.
The Caps to Cap-Haitien Project
How you can help:
Download the Caps to Cap-Haitien PDF, where you'll find the pattern for a Simple Knot Newborn Cap. The cap can be sewn on your sewing machine, using t-shirts you have available to you. The project is suitable for any level of sewing ability - even children, with help.
While the intent is to create an ongoing relationship with Konbit Sante and the mothers of Northern Haiti, the initial goal is to gather as many caps for the Safe Birthing Kits as we can by December 10th, 2008.
Mail your finished hats to:
Mama to Mama
PO Box 8190
Portland, ME 04104
Thank you for your interest and help in this project!