Days for Girls

We have been really blessed to partner with our local chapter of Days for Girls in Kapunda South Australia

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Our dear friend Deb has welcomed us with open arms to Kapunda Craft and Hope Sewing Days!

It has been so exciting to meet and sew and be given over 50 kits to take for free to Baseco this year.

I have been able to share the time with my daughter (9 years old) who has enjoyed thoroughly using an overlocker and zooming up liners for Days for Girls Kits…..makes her part of the ministry in Baseco. That is big in her world!

The kits are ingenious, they are fully recyclable allowing girls to wash and reuse their pads without any ongoing costs for sanitary items . They are simply beautiful as well! All easy to use and pretty to look at housed in a discreet cotton backpack!

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Here are some beautiful photos of our sewing days with the team!

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And here are the kilos of Kits we are taking over to Manila!

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All I can say is that I am grateful for ladies who love to sew with a purpose!

Not to mention the beautiful quilts made and singlets collected for me.

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Every girls deserves dignity and Days for Girls helps us get there!

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Day to Day

In Baseco there are so many young mothers the Team find themselves constantly Mothering these young mums

Often they are alone and scared, they have left their home in the Province or parents and have no support and find themselves with a baby in a strange world! Just  like this sweet mum Christine helped this year.

She was not a Birthing Better Baby mum but she was young alone and inexperienced with a new baby. The baby was struggling to feed and she just needed some support.

She just needed some mothering. It does not take much to love and listen. The women on the ground in Baseco are constantly being a mother to the motherless.

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Our quote really fits into this situation…..

“Becoming a mother makes you the mother of all children. From now on each wounded, abandoned, frightened child is yours. You live in the suffering mothers of every race and creed and weep with them. You long to comfort all who are desolate.” — Charlotte Gray

Providing an ear and a spiritual shoulder to lean on goes a long way in Baseco

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This is what we do on a day to day basis.

Freely given to whoever comes.

Cath

 

Updated New Births for Melody

MATILDE ABITONA

Matilde Abitona

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Background and History

  • I have known Matilde for years now, she has belonged to our Gasungun fellowship and church for years
  • She attended every single one of my Birthing classes originally in 2009
  • She is 34 years old
  • She has 4 children this is her 5th
  • Her husband Leo is a carpenter and is 38 years old
  • Their children are well cared for and loved
  • She is 3 months pregnant in this photo

Pregnancy and Birth

  • Matilde had a good pregnancy and when we visited her 2 weeks before her bay was born she was well, albeit uncomfortable!
  • The baby was in a good position and we all hoped she was going to have the baby when we were in Baseco, but it was not to be
  • Her baby girl was born on Friday the 15th of May weighing a hefty 9lb
  • Ps Marivic had the honour of naming her and named her Aleah
  • She is fat and healthy and Matilde is breastfeeding her.
  • This week she attended clinic to get testing and screening of the baby.
  • She was also given a Kit from Days for Girls and says they were very comfortable and loves them!
  • Very successful BBB

Here are some more photos! Beautiful healthy baby.

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JENNY ROSE PUTABUNAN

Jenny Rose 3mths

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History and Background

  • 21 years old
  • Has two other children
  • Has a husband Edison 22 years old who is a sidecar driver
  • This means they are on a very low income

Pregnancy and Delivery

  • This was a very exciting birth for BBB, we were actually there the day after her baby was born able to give her a postnatal check up and supply her with a postnatal Days for Girls Kit which she loved!
  • Her baby was a good size unable to get details as she delivered at home in a very quick manner
  • Her baby boy was born on Monday 4th of May
  • As with a lot of multiple deliveries she did not even realise she was in labour and was in too quick to move
  • Her husband gave me the honour of naming the baby…I called Him Joshua after my oldest Son! Why not he turned out great!
  • We visited with a Midwife on the BBB team who examined her and the baby and was very happy with her progress
  • Her husband is very supportive and is looking after the other children well.
  • He is also cooking and cleaning which apparently is a big thing!

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Tiny house, separated by a thin wall from their InLaws, but an extremely neat and tidy clean little house.

Great family .

We also delivered a handmade Barossa quilt to this lovely mum!

Jinky’s Story

We met Jinky about a year ago,

She joined the Birthing Better Babies Programme.

She was 25, already had a young child

Then she met a man.

She became pregnant to him.

After all he had a  job

Looked after her and her small child.

Life looked good for Jinky.

However life is hard in the slum.

It turns out the man had a wife already.

His wife was an Filipino Overseas Worker away for months at a time.

She returns.

To her house and to her husband.

He returns to his wife.

Jinky is turned out

Unprotected

Pregnant

Rejected.

Jinky alone, desperate and devastated has the baby.

Under immense financial pressure to support the newborn

Jinky is forced to give the baby away.

No one knows who to, perhaps family in the province,

Perhaps to a couple who can support the child for her,

Perhaps to strangers.

We do know

Jinky was sad, so very sad.

Devastated.

We all were.

From everything to nothing.

From happiness to deep sadness,

No mother gives her baby away unless she must.

Life is tough in the slum.

Women do what they must

To survive

To live

To eat.

Jinky’s story is not unusual,

She is one of many

Even hundreds

Even thousands of woman and girls.

Coping with unplanned pregnancies

Unstable relationships.

There is no photo of Jinky

Perhaps that is good

Perhaps Jinky can remind us of the betrayed and alone

The women abandoned and pregnant.

Birthing Better Babies helped

But not enough.

Jinky had choices

She did not know them.

Choices such as school, education, work

Choices that empowered her

Stabilised her

Grown her.

Pray we are part of the solution for girls like Jinky.

Pray we offer life in the darkness

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Cathy

Baseco 2015

This is an exciting time in the Birthing Better Babies World

This year in April I am going to Baseco with Australian  midwives from Impact Erina Church, this presents the BBB team with a greater and wider opportunity to touch and bless the local community with reaching skills much wider than my own. Very exciting but at the same time challenging.

It has been interesting though, throughout the past two years I have found my heart leaning heavily toward the word PREVENTION….

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Prevention rather than cure! Birthing Better Babies is a cure, albeit a worthwhile one, it is a cure to an essential problem which can be whittled down to a few basic facts which are prevalent in Baseco …

  • Unplanned pregnancies for women
  • Multiple pregnancies and fear of contraception
  • Teens getting pregnant
  • Lack of education for women in general
  • General body ignorance

So with more man/woman power we can now tackle at least some of this problem. Every ounce of time we spend educating the next generation will eventually have an impact on the babies they create.This will be our focus.

Even the interpreters we use are young impressionable girls who will hear the message of health, awareness, education advantages and sexual health over and over again! They will speak it and eventually they will become it! They in turn will teach their children a better way and the level will slowly begin to rise, the tide will begin to turn!

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So as we travel to Baseco this year we are armed with tools that will open doors of communication for this kind of communication. I have found most of my most impacting times have been one on one with women, door to door sitting in women’s houses and speaking as sisters Days for Girls Kits are a perfect tool to open these conversations as well as bless them with a great resource.

Every girl in the world deserves education, safety, and dignity. We help girls gain access to quality sustainable feminine hygiene and awareness, by direct distribution of sustainable feminine hygiene kits, by partnering with nonprofits, groups and organizations, by raising awareness, and by helping  communities around the world start their own programs.

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These kits will allow us to speak to women and girls and share on principles of

  • Body awareness and correct terms for body parts
  • Hygiene and germs
  • Body respect
  • Schooling and advantages of
  • Sex Education

We will also take part in a General Body Awareness Day with the Youth of the areas and churches, focusing on

  • Finding out what they actually know
  • Body parts and correct names
  • How are babies conceived
  • How can we prevent pregnancy

With these tools we can begin to build a fence of protection around the top of the cliff rather than an ambulance waiting at the bottom.

So pray as we prepare to go. I am sure we will all be challenged and stretched. But above all pray for the women and the girls we speak to that we will make a difference that they will be open to hear!

Thanks and Blessings

Cathy

Special Babies for a Special Family

We have some exciting new births for the inspiring Secomb family who have sponsored so far 3 babies and a 4th is coming!

How exciting to see a family sacrificing for gorgeous babies in Baseco!

Here are your Births (there are some changes so stay tuned)

CHRISTINE REYES

Celestina Reyes

History and Background

  • 30 years old
  • Already has 2 year old twins but unfortunately one of the twin boys died in July from  pneumonia. Very sad and tough life for Babies and their mothers in Baseco.
  • Her husband is a labourer on a very small wage
  • She came to us when she was already 8 months pregnant

Pregnancy and Labour

  • She had all ultrasounds, XRays and transport to and from hospital
  • She also had all vaccinations and tests required
  • She delivered a baby girl on the 21st June 2014 her name is Mika Reyes
  • Baby was 8lb 2 oz (great weight)
  • She did need medicines which we paid for
  • She is fully breastfeeding
  • Did not want ligation but will discuss contraception at a later date

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This is a gorgeous photo of her in front of her house with a beautiful quilt made by one of the Barossa Valley Grandmothers (Barb Granzion)

Mika is a healthy chubby and happy baby! Christine looks happy as well!

Thanks Secombs!

ENALY BABATIO

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History and Background

  • Enaly is one of our very young teen pregnancies
  • This is her first pregnancy she has no husband or boyfriend and is a single mum.
  • She came to us at 4 months pregnant
  • She does not work but lives with family

Pregnancy and Birth

  • She had a good pregnancy,  with all screenings and ultrasounds successful
  • Gave birth to a boy Kenjie Babatio on the 16th August 2014
  • 3.9 kgs
  • He has had all injections and screenings
  • We also paid for a Birth Certificate
  • She is fully breastfeeding him

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He is safe in the arms of his family,  very important with girls like this. Without a supportive family she will not be able to work and provide for her child!

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Note this lady replaced your previous Mum,  Lindy Estrada….

Baseco has such a transient population many times we start a sponsorship and the mother simply disappears. We are not sure what happens to them, sometimes they are moved back to the province (the country) to their grandparents, sometimes they shift quickly and cannot tell us. Either way we start again with a new mum!

I actually do not have a photo of the mum in this instance but I do have a baby photo

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Background and History

  • Older mum married in a stable relationship
  • This is the mum’s 5th baby, so she was very experienced

Pregnancy and Birth

  • Had all tests and ultrasounds all were successful
  • Baby boy Joven was born on the 24th September 2014
  • He was 3.5kg
  • He had all new born screening
  • Joven is healthy and chubby
  • He is fully breastfed

Thanks so much to Miss S and The Secombs.

You are a blessing to me and Birthing Better Babies

Each of these beautiful babies will start life better because you all DID something! Well done! You have made a difference, when I get to Baseco I will give these babies a kiss from you!

Hugs Cathy

Empowering Kids to Give

Over the past year we have seen over 6 births sponsored by kids and kids groups in Australia.

I will be posting about some of these success stories soon.

What an absolute encouragement to see children excited to give and raise money for babies in other nations. These kids have a lasting impact on the children in a developing nation!

How did they do it?

Up Kids Club in South Australia raised money simply by collecting recyclable cans and bottle for a term, they raised enough money for nearly 2 births!

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The church now has a permanent recycling bin which pours money into BBBabies.  The power we have to give is simply in our perspective. Finding money is not hard when we look!

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We have another family who have just raised enough money for 4 births…. two births were raised totally by Miss S (then 8 years old)  ALONE! She sold toys, clothes and baked for her Babies!

Sometimes it is  a matter of perspective, sometimes it is opening the door to kids and empowering them to give and be generous. As adults it is a gift we can give our kids!

Be challenged as you lead the next generation of leaders

Let’s make this world a world of diversity and colour, compassion and grace. A world where we share resources and poverty is challenged!

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Hugs Cathy