April 11, 2014
Jean Taff, Cindy Dawson, Betty Parrish and I just got home from Haitiearlier this week. This addition of Friday Five is all about our trip!
- We learned so much. Our heart at GW is to travel as learners, and we were really blessed during this trip to learn from some amazing people in Haiti. One of these amazing women is Anetude. She is one the Traditional Birthing Attendants (TBAs) who attend the monthly meetings that GW helps support. She has been helping women in her community give birth for almost 50 years. Anetude is well-respected in her community, and she said she works as a TBA because she wants to serve God.
- We got to attend one of the monthly TBA trainings. This month's meeting was about how to look for dangerous signs in childbirth. These signs are important for the TBAs to know, so that they can get a woman to the hospital if needed. Fredliane, a GHA staff member, encouraged the TBAs by saying, "Don't think when you send a woman to the hospital that you are not being a TBA. This is your job. You are the TBA because of what you know. Sometimes there are just problems, and they need to go the hospital." Many of the TBAs shared stories about how they have taken women to the hospital in the past when they were faced with dangerous signs. These trainings not only bring new skills but great community for the TBAs. Here is a video of them singing a song about how important it is to take a woman to the hospital that has one of the dangerous signs of childbirth: [wpvideo By9IZqqS]
- We delivered 434 birthing kits! We have promised to send 1400 birthing kits in 2014 and we are well on our way of reaching our goal! Do you know a group that is traveling to Haiti and would be willing to carry over some birthing kits? GHA staff passing out birthing kits
- Our team made some great connections. We got to meet with different organizations and learn more about how God is at work.
- Finally, will you continue to pray for the TBAs at Global Health Action in Haiti? One of the TBAs told me that she works as a TBA because she does not want to see her brothers and sisters in her community die. These TBAs work hard and serve as a vital part of their community. Let's continue to pray for them.
Our team with all the TBAs