When disaster strikes, there is no way women and children do not bear the brunt of it. And oh mama yes they are…
Already lacking roofs over their heads, food and potable water, our newest humanitarian cluster report states that 123 children are displaced from their families, 8,000 pregnant women are expected to give birth in three months without functioning medical facilities, of which 1,200 require surgical procedure to do so, and overall women and children in the south face high levels of gender-based violence.
This was our call for action.
The team decided to make a move to provide better care for women and children in the Southern Haiti. Although this region is not our focus we can’t ignore the need, especially for those pregnant women and newborn babies who are the most vulnerable. After some girl talk, we decided to create Mother and Child kits that contain many specialized nutrition and hygienic necessities for this target group that would otherwise not be commonly found in other humanitarian relief supplies.
In case you are still wondering about the high levels of gender-based violence reported, which is a politically polite way of saying sexual assault, I too was trying to understand how one who lost his home, farm/livelihood and does not know where his next meal is coming from could prioritize his sexual appetite in such extreme circumstances.
Maybe very crude, or naïve, which I will confess on this matter, I turned to a friend for further explanation. She told me to watch “Speed” with Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock to better understand one’s sexual impulse in such disastrous scenarios. I’m glad Hollywood has done some introspection into this type of psyche, however, after consulting experts I now understand it has more to do with regaining a sense of control than falling in love on a bus that might blow up.
Ok, I’m done digressing, back to the important stuff—the kits. Thanks to a few frantic phone calls to our Haitian friends, other NGOs and companies, we were able to prepare 350 Mother and Child Kits to distribute to medical clinics in the South. Thank you THIS BAR SAVES LIVES for the 4,000 boxes of bars that will save lives (we assure you!) and thank you Smarty Pants Vitamins for the 350 prenatal vitamin packets that will be part of our Mother and Child kits.
And last, but not least by any means, thank you to our local partner Fondation Lucienne Deschamps for your help assembling and distributing these kits with us in the South! Also, without your amazing wife, Philippa, and her German get-things-done attitude we would never have had such awesome kits prepared! Girl power!
Thank you readers for your concern and cash. We will soon have more photos of the distribution process once we miraculously figure out how to get reception in the Hurricane-Matthew torn South.