Wednesday, July 20, 2011

heartline

I follow a ministry called Heartline in Haiti. They do a variety of things for the Haitian people, but one of the things I admire most about their work is what they do with expectant moms.

They believe that while adoption can be a beautiful thing, it is always better to try and leave a child with his or her biological parent. To support this, they support expectant moms. They teach them the importance of breastfeeding in a culture that is ripe with misinformation (newborns are often given water because their mothers believe breast milk will not hydrate them). They have a maternity program that builds a relationship with these women and provides them a safe place to go to and learn how to care for their children. And when the time comes, trained midwives deliver the women in a safe and welcoming environment.

However, sometimes emergencies arise and they have to pass their expectant moms over to hospitals because they do not have the appropriate facilities for emergencies. That could all change with your help though (no monetary donations necessary, so don't stop reading now). With the simple click of a button, your vote puts Heartline in the running for a $50,000 grant that could give them the emergency facilities they need.

All you need to do is click on this link and then click Vote. That's it. And if you want to know some of what Heartline is doing in their maternity program, you could follow either Heather or Tara's blogs. More info about Heartline can be found on the voting link, so I encourage you to check out their work. It's amazing.

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