Over a year ago, World Mom, Nicole Melancon of Thirdeyemom, introduced me to Kristyn Zalota, an American mom who was dedicating her time to help save the lives of mothers in Laos. I’m embarassed to admit, I wasn’t exactly sure where Laos was. (It’s next to Vietnam.) I also didn’t know that the country has one of the highest rates of maternal mortality on the globe.
Kristyn has introduced our staff and community to both, the mothers who she has met in Laos and the nurse midwives who she has trained through the organization she founded, Cleanbirth.org. Last year, World Moms Blog helped her raise over $700 to provide clean birth kits to the moms who needed them most. It was such a fun, fantastic global moment for our contributors. We changed our Facebook profile pictures to the Cleanbirth logo, and we Facebooked and tweeted our hearts out! But that’s not all…
Since that time, World Moms Blog was the conduit that brought Kristyn Zalota and Dee Harlow, our contributor in Laos, together. Dee started volunteering for Cleanbirth.org and helped the organization secure a $2000 loan, and she also wrote about maternal health in Laos during our #Moms4MDGs campaign on the Every Mother Counts website. In fact, here is a photo of Dee and Kristyn in Laos advocating for maternal health with the US Ambassador to Vientiane!
This year we are back and excited as ever, to lend Cleanbirth.org our hearts and our social media voices to help kick off their 1st month of fundraising in 2014! But, we also have fantastic news — we are not alone!
Two equally awesome organizations — Multicultural Kid Blogs and Girls Globe — will be joining us! Together, our three sites will be synergizing our social media power together and rallying our communities and readers to help Cleanbirth.org in their campaign to raise $7500 this February, which is earmarked for the much-needed training of 10 nurses, 25 volunteers and 500 birth kits.
Inspired by World Mom, Kristyn Zalota’s, enthusiasm to do more than her fair share to help our fellow moms on the planet, World Moms Blog is happy to join Multicultural Kid Blogs, Girls Globe and all of our combined contributors participating in making some noise for safe births for the mothers in Laos.
How can you join in? Share this post. Donate. Join the Twitter Party on Thursday, February 6, 2014 at 1pm EST! Hashtag is #Cleanbirth.
Just $5 USD goes a long way — it buys a birth kit which includes sanitized necessities and the cost of travel for the nurse midwife to attend a birth. Kristyn has launched something amazing that saves lives and empowers women.
- For just $5 you can provide a life saving Clean Birth Kit
- For $100 you can train a Village Volunteer who serves her village
- For $250 you can sponsor a nurse who serves as many as 10 villages
If everyone who reads this post just donated $5, we could make a very large difference in the life of our fellow World Moms in Laos. For almost the equivalent of a cup of fancy coffee, we can have a feel good, mother earth kind of day together.
I hope you will join us and help us spread the word!
This is an original post to World Moms Blog by Founder, Jennifer Burden in New Jersey, USA.
Photo credits to Cleanbirth.org and Dee Harlow.