Nurture Project International: Safe Infant Feeding In Crisis
Team Member: Madeline Kaufman
Nurture Project International wrote -
Who we are
Nurture Project International is a US-based, non-profit organization that works to protect safe infant feeding among families impacted by crisis and disaster. We organize and train volunteers to provide technical infant feeding support to mothers and babies fleeing war, oppression and persecution. We provide ongoing peer support from trained volunteers to mothers while they are in transit. We empower mothers and give them training that allows them set up peer to peer support groups in large, established refugee camps as well as temporary refugee situations.
What we do
Nurture Project International has a project base in Greece where qualified, skilled volunteers support mothers by building mother and baby tents where mothers can rest, eat, warm-up, and feed their babies in a safe, welcoming, and peaceful environment. NPI also distributes backpacks with basic necessities like snacks, water, warm clothing, hygiene kits, toys, and diapers to bring comfort to families who have left everything behind. We work closely with representatives from Save the Children, Unicef, La Leche League International, and many grassroots volunteer organizations. NPI will provide support to thousands of mothers and babies and will distribute over 5,000 backpacks to refugee families in Greece in 2016.
- Provide long term, qualified, and trained lactation educators for breastfeeding mothers and we provide education and supplies for safe bottle feeding for mothers who are using artifical milk.
- Create baby tents where mothers can come eat, rest, drink, and relax while they feed their babies.
- Distribute backpacks with essential supplies
- Support NGOs providing assistance by offering training and information to volunteers.
- Empower refugee mothers by providing training in peer to peer infant feeding support.
Why It Is Important
Currently tens of thousands of pregnant women and millions of children are leaving their homes to seek refuge from war and disaster. When the refugees land in Greece they have nothing. Refugee children also face unimaginable health consequences from malnutrition, unsanitary conditions, and poverty. During emergency situations disease and death rates among under-five children are generally higher than for any other age group, with the highest risk for infants.
Often these women and children have already experienced incredible trauma - forced to flee ongoing conflict and devastation in their homeland, in many cases losing their homes, and their family. This stress, aggravated by changes in the usual environment and resources persons that traditionally support the family, as well as the necessity to find solutions for surviving; can make safe infant feeding difficult.
As there is a common misconception that many mothers can no longer breastfeed adequately due to the stress or inadequate nutrition and a desire to help from well meaning people may result in the inappropriate donations of infant formula and other milk products. This leads to an increased risk in infant death due to the loss of benefits from breastfeeding and the increased exposure to harmful bacteria present in artifical milk.
However, this risk can be prevented. Mothers and infants that remain together, who are given immediate technical support , and who are given comprehensive follow-on support will continue breastfeeding longer and will know how to minimise the risks of artifical feeding. In emergencies deterioration of infants health and nutrition status can be rapid, and Nurture Project International is dedicated to providing trained support as soon as disaster strikes.
Preventing malnutrition and mortality among infants and young children begins with promoting safe feeding support in a loving and supportive environment. Breastfeeding and safe artifical feeding support protects an infant's nutritional status, prevents malnutrition, and saves lives.
By providing technical infant feeding support Nurture Project International is able to help empower and protect the health within this vulnerable population.
We can't do it alone. We need your help.
Your donation will go toward buying the items and equipment that we need to build our mother and baby tents. You can see all the supplies needed for each tent here. Your donation will also go toward the supplies that we have in our backpacks. This includes: hygiene kits, shampoo, blankets, toothbrushes, tooth paste, socks, underwear, sanitary items, medicines, baby carriers, diapers, and medical equipment for example.
Become a sponsor
Every little bit that is donated will go a long way.
$15 will provide a family meals for a day and will provide a backpack for a mother and her baby
$25 will buy essential equipment for our tents like soap, tissues, blankets, and water.
$50 will provide thee families with meals and backpacks.
$100 will provide 10 blankets, 7 comfortable chairs, and pillows for the tent.
$150 will provide 10 families with meals for a day and 10 mothers and babies with backpacks filled with necessary items.
$200 will fully stock the changing station in our tent with baby toys, blankets, changing mats, diapers, wipes, ointments, and lotions.
$1,500 will fully stock a mother and baby tent with basic essentials for one month.
Become a corporate sponsor and we will provide a feature post on our Facebook page and website highlighting your sponsorship and the generosity of your organization. We will also provide a customized media release about your generosity that can publish it in your newsletter and or website.
Please contact fundraising@nurtureprojectinternational if you have any questions regarding donations or would like to join our growing list of corporate sponsors.
In addition to donations we are calling for volunteers. We need midwives, lactation educators, IBCLCs, doulas, massage therapists, support personel, and kind souls who feel they can offer their services to the most vulnerable refugees.
Spread The Word
Please visit our website at: www.NurtureProjectInternational.org
Join our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/NurtureProjectInternational
Follow us on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/Nurture_Project
Thank You for all of your support. You are making a difference in the lives of the most vulnerable refugees.
© Nurture Project International 2016
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