This semester I was allowed to work in a project that I was completely passionate about. In Africa, many women suffer from pregnancy and childbirth complications. Even though the hospitals are suppose to seem as a place to avoid infection and problems, it still has its issues. The mothers are forced to give birth in there own clothes without hospital gowns or supply kit. Everything must be bought or managed without. After giving birth, the baby is then wrapped in a cloth and given to the mother. The mother would have to supply the baby clothes as well as the baby food.
If the baby has any complications they would have to supply the medicine along with their own medication. Giving birth in a hospital in Africa is so expensive and completely alone. The fundraise was started to provide the mothers with gowns, baby clothes and diapers. After a mother gives birth, we want the hospital of Ouakam to provide each mother with a kit. The kit of supplies would allow them to have less things to worry about. This semester Lobe and I along with another member, Fama, had managed to raise $210. We raised $120 through Quad mania and had two magnificent people donate loads of baby clothes. By selling the waist beads and different African accessories, we got to tell many people about the goal of the project. This summer the fundraising we still continue. We plan on conducting car washes, bake sells, etc. Once we reach $500, we will begin to buy some supplies. We will continue to fundraise and ask for donations till December. The supplies will be sent out during the December break. After sending the supplies, we want to reach out to different African countries. We wanted to start with Senegal, since it is the country we have been grown to know.
I believe next time we could of held an event. The event would have games and food to raise money. It would also allow people to better understand the reasons behind the cause. At quad mania, many people were in a rush making it hard for people to understand. We are so passionate about this project. The conditions that the mothers face are so harsh that we want to start with making it a little easier. Hopefully by the winter we would have pulls of baby clothes, gowns and other materials to send over.