Give the gift of survival

November 23, 2012 at 4:46 pm

“We continue because marginalization continues, we continue because we cannot turn a blind eye to the suffering of women and children.” -Dr. Robert Lokong, volunteer doctor

This year my dad and stepmom are doing something different for Christmas. They asked all their children and grandchildren to select a project from Global Giving, and they will donate $10 for each person in the family. My family has selected to donate to the Onura Maternal Survival Project and Hope Ofiriha maternity clinic in South Sudan. From the project website:

The maternal mortality rate in South Sudan is one of the highest in the world. An absence of trained healthcare staff, structures, and paved roads means the small, rustic maternity clinic Hope Ofiriha runs in the Onura settlement is the only medical facility about 3,500 area women can turn to. . . . The clinic isn’t fully equipped to handle deliveries, so many mothers needlessly die giving birth.

Since there are six of us, that means $60 for the project. I am thinking of talking to our children about finding some other projects to donate our Christmas money to. I’ve had a hard time feeling the “Christmas Spirit” for the past few years, but this just might be what I needed to pull out of that funk.

Sending you my love, mothers and babies of South Sudan. I wish I could do more. Maybe someday I will.