Sunday, October 30, 2016

New Shirts! Order Now!!

We have some adorable new t-shirt and sweatshirt options for the whole family!  We are so excited to have these new options for you to share your love for Mercy for Mamas.  We have 6 different shirts styles in several color choices for each option. You can get what is just perfect for you and your loved ones. These would make great gifts for anyone you know who loves Africa and/or who loves the work we are doing to help pregnant women in Uganda.

Just head on over to our Bonfire Site to order, click HERE. There you can look at all of the options and pick your favorites!  We're taking orders through Monday, November 14th.  All shirts should ship by November 25th.

When you wear your shirt you are a walking testimony for us about the work that we do. I can't wait to hear about the conversations you have with others from wearing your new Mercy for Mamas gear!
Remember all proceeds go directly toward our work and our profit margins go way up the more shirts that are ordered.  So go ahead and order 1 or 3!  Shopping for a great cause is always a win-win!

Friday, October 28, 2016

The Impact of Our Work

Mercy for Mamas has been working in Uganda for six years now. In the beginning, we had no idea this would be a long-term work or the impact this work would have on the women of Uganda. Looking back it is amazing to see all that has been accomplished.  Here is a brief snapshot of our success:

  • We have passed out close to 30,000 kits to women in Uganda!!  Wow. It's crazy to think each kit represents one mama and at least one baby.  We have no way to measure how many lives have been saved because of the kits, but we do know that each kit represents a birth where a woman was able to use sterile clean supplies and had the opportunity to seek medical help.
  • We've been able to work in virtually all areas of the country, from large city areas to remote villages and islands.
  • Mercy for Mamas often provides for a need that the government and other groups are not meeting. The Ugandan government has a goal to provide mama kits to all of the women in Uganda, but so far it has not had the resources to meet that goal. Often they only provide even the largest government hospital with about half of the kits needed to meet the daily birth rate. In the more remote areas there are no supplies available. Without a Mercy for Mamas kit these women would go without, which can easily lead to infection and complications for the mother and the baby.
  • We are blessed that we have been able to find a Ugandan supplier for our mama kits. This means the women get exactly what the hospital requires, they are materials/brands they are used to using, and they can be produced locally. We love getting to help the local economy in this way. It also saves us a ton of money on shipping and import costs!
  • We have a wonderful Ugandan staff. We have an in-country coordinator and two Ugandan nurses that we use to help with our activities. We love that they know the best way to reach the women within the culture.
  • We have fabulous ministry partners and I am so excited that the majority of those partnerships are with Ugandan-run ministries. I love to invest in groups and to help Ugandans help Ugandans. I feel like often times this provides the most effective ministry and sustainable ministry. 
  • Mercy for Mamas provides life-saving prenatal information. We teach women important pregnancy and birth warning signs. We want these women to know the most dangerous signs to look out for so they know when it is essential to seek medical help. Often they are not getting this information anywhere else.
  • We have heard story after story of women who had no plan for their birth, no prenatal education or care, and no supplies until they met with one of our partners in ministry. Many received the kit and information just in the nick of time for their births. Women who were already in labor, giving birth along the road, walking around with a serious unknown complication.
  • We love to also look at the spiritual impact of our work. We have been able to pray with and encourage thousands of women at our outreach events. We invite women to join a local church or bible study. We encourage teenage girls to take part in the classes and training available to local pregnancy centers. We want these women to have safe childbirth, but also get the spiritual help they so often need. So many of these women are not pregnant by choice and need spiritual and emotional counseling to help them to become the best mothers that can be. 
  • We work with local clinics and ministries to continually encourage women to come for health education. They can come for prenatal education, nutrition, breastfeeding, and newborn care classes. This is information these women are often not getting anywhere else. It is so exciting to see them get the information they need to better care for their bodies and their babies. We always try to have local nurses do the teaching and explain things in a way that will be easy to apply to their everyday lives. 
Six years ago we never could have dreamt that we would have accomplished all that we have done. We did not even fully understand the need and scope of the work at the time. It's amazing now to look back and see how it has all come together over time. We have had a lot to learn and God has not wasted any of these experiences. 

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Unexpected Blessing

We received a great testimony this week from one of our ministry partners. The team at Hope for Women in Crisis had quite an exciting night earlier this week.  One of the teenage mothers, Brenda, thought her pregnancy was full-term, but they took her for an ultrasound last week and they told her she was only 7 months along.  A few days later around midnight Brenda started having a lot of pain. They thought it was labor pains, so they loaded her up and took her to the local hospital. At the hospital, they examined her and told her it was not labor, but an infection. They also did another ultrasound and again said she was just 7 months along. They said they were out of hospital beds, so they gave her some medicine and sent her home. 

Once they returned home, Brenda was still in a lot of pain. The mother of the Director of the Home thought something was not right and decided to check her again. She said that Brenda was definitely in labor and that they should take her back to the hospital. Before they could even pack up to leave again, the baby was coming. They opened up her mama kit, and around 2:30 this sweet baby boy arrived.  
They called a nurse friend to come over to help with the afterbirth. The nurse started Brenda on an IV, delivered the placenta, and cleaned her up. Around 4:30am, they headed back to the hospital where Brenda had to get a stitch, the baby went in the warmer for a bit and got checked out. Baby weighed about 5 pounds at birth. Mom and Baby went home around noon that day! 

Now that was an exciting and eventful 12 hours!  The director of the home said, "Thank you Mercy For Mama ministry for our Mama Kits. We had what we needed for the baby and mama to be safe during this emergency ."

We are so glad that we could help Brenda to have a safe delivery!  

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Successful Outreach

Mercy for Mamas was happy to be able to help host an outreach event yesterday in the Kakajjo slum in Kampala. Despite downpours just before, around 20 women were able to attend and learn about hygiene, nutrition, and how to use a mama kits. We worked with Youth for Christ on this particular project. What a blessing to get to serve these women.