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We are a bunch of people dedicated to one thing and one thing only: building a world where every child has an equal opportunity.
For example: We’re developing ways to keep children at school and learning to their full potential. To do this, in each community, we find the unique barriers that are in the children’s way and remove them. Sometimes that means giving children de-worming tablets. Sometimes it means building them a school kitchen or plumbing in fresh water. Sometimes it means providing malaria preventions. Whatever it is, we examine the evidence and we do what works.
Imagine you’re playing Scrabble, staring at your tiles. And you’re doing well. You have a five letter word. But you keep reshuffling the letters. You just know that there’s a bigger and better way to use them. There’s a longer word there, you can feel it in your kneecaps. And you feel like you’re clever enough to find it.
You tip all the letters face down onto the table, shuffle them, pick them up again. You shut your eyes, rub them, open them and look at the rack with fresh eyes. Suddenly you see it; that 50-point 7-letter word. The game changer. And you can’t wait to show the friends you’re playing with because they are going to love it. And it’s going to open up more places for them to play their own words.
That flash of inspiration you get from looking at things differently is what Child.org is.
It’s asking the question in a slightly different way. It is the surprising lightbulb moment that you always suspected was there but that perhaps others weren’t looking for. It’s the person who turns up late and suggests the obvious answer to the issue everyone else has been debating for hours.
Creativity comes from looking at things with positivity. For Child.org, every obstacle is always an opportunity to find an exciting new approach.
Empowering Local Health Systems with Wings of Hope
Posted on 07th Oct 2021
At the end of last year, we announced exciting plans to partner with the Wings of Hope rescue centre in Nairobi. A couple of weeks ago, our team in Kenya led a training session on maternal health at the centre - to great success.
Why are Child.org partnering with Wings of Hope?
Wings of Hope is a home for vulnerable pregnant teenage girls. At the end of last year, we recognised the valuable role our expertise could play in supporting the centre and the antenatal care they provide. As well as supporting the girls by distributing our Baby Boxes - which provide information and tools for new mums - we wanted to train the Wings of Hope staff on delivering pregnancy support groups.
Why? Having already run three-year’s worth of these groups in Meru, Kenya, we’ve seen how effective they are in supporting mums to better look after themselves and their newborns. Working with Wings of Hope so that they can deliver these sessions themselves means creating a secure system within which these vulnerable girls and their newborns can flourish.
What happened at our training session?
Last month, our Kenyan team - Marti, Cherio, Chege, Lucy N and Omoko - delivered a maternal health session at Wings of Hope. Chege, our Project Officer based in Meru county, led the group (which included girls from the centre and members of staff) in a participatory session about prenatal (before birth) and postnatal (after delivery) health. Chege talked through some common pregnancy experiences and highlighted the danger signs for which immediate medical attention should be sought. The girls and staff were strongly encouraged to speak up and share their own experiences.
The team’s highlights
The team were particularly happy to witness how openly the girls participated in the session, asking lots of questions about the areas of maternal health which concerned them. Both Chege and Lucy describe how this level of openness meant they were able to address existing pregnancy myths and misconceptions. For example, the belief that cabbage was unhealthy to consume during pregnancy or that newborn babies should be cleaned with saliva as part of post birth cord-care.
“The way the girls asked questions, their patience and interaction showed their thirst to know more about maternal and child health and how important sessions like these are.” - Chege
Why did we involve the Wing of Hope staff in these sessions?
At Child.org we want to deliver projects which are sustainable in the long-term, which is why we involved Wings of Hope staff in this session. By empowering and teaching staff how to run pregnancy support sessions, the centre can in turn better support the girls in their care without requiring external assistance. Our first training session at Wings of Hope is another step closer to championing local health systems and providing more women and newborns with the healthcare they need.
What can you do?
As well as delivering the training, the team also delivered 10 Baby Boxes to the centre which will provide new mums with life-saving tools such as a mosquito net for their newborn, as well as an incentive to seek postnatal care. To help Child.org reach more women like those at Wings of Hope, you can buy a Baby Box for £26 or donate here to help fund the cost of training sessions (click 'donate' in the top-right corner).
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