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HMBC need your help!

I shared last week about the Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic and how close it is to my heart.  This clinic is a God-send to our local community, if you live in South Africa you’ll understand why a well-run, compassionate, educated clinic is paramount for the safety of infants and mothers within our communities.  If you live outside of South Africa can I paint you a picture?
Imagine you live below the bread-line, your home has no central heating, no fridge, no washing machine and no internet.  It’s bare-bones, you live on essentials only, perhaps you are lucky to have an indoor toilet and running water, but most don’t.  Most have to go to a central tap to collect water in buckets for the day, and use an outdoor long drop toilet.  Then you discover you are pregnant, living in these conditions you are told to go to your local clinic, which usually means long queue’s from very early in the morning in a “first-come-first-served” basis.  You are seen by a sister, you will only see a qualified doctor if you have a serious illness and then you’ll have to come back on a special day to see them.  You walk to the clinic, you walk home.

HMBC Mobile Clinic visit the local community to do checks on children
HMBC Mobile Clinic visit the local community to do checks on children

If you live in a first world country, and have kids already, think about this.  When you discovered you were pregnant it was probably a wonderful thing, you did a home test and discovered the wonderful news.  You made an appointment with your local midwife or Ob-Gyn and from 12 weeks you walked a road with them, checking on your baby with scans and being told to take your pre-natal vitamins and folic acid.  You went online and read blogs about pregnancy, early motherhood, signed up for an anti-natal class and joined other mothers in learning how to journey through pregnancy and birth successfully.  You learned what are the best ways to care for your new born and how to ensure you feed it sufficiently.  Your friends throw you a baby shower and you receive lovely gifts for your new born and when baby comes you have everything you need.
HMBC run private pre-natal and anti-natal classes
HMBC run private pre-natal and anti-natal classes

Now imagine you are living in poverty, none of the above applies to you, but you discover there is a wonderful mom and baby clinic in your area that they say has caring, loving people working there.  That they even look after the babies and teach you how to care for your new born.  That they have a second-hand store where you can purchase items for your baby at a fraction of the cost (all donated goods), so you too can have a stroller to take your baby for a walk with you, or have warm blankets to wrap it in during winter when it’s cold and your bare cement floor is freezing cold.  Where you can make an appointment and see a qualified midwife to assess your pregnancy with a sonar FOR FREE, a place where you are loved, prayed for and cared for in the most complete way.  A place that helps to make your pregnancy and birth journey one to enjoy.
This is what Healthy Mom and Baby Clinic do, they care for our people, with qualified staff, they look after the needs of a large community of needy women who have been educated with myth and old wives tales about pregnancy and birth.  They care for these ladies throughout their pregnancy and then care for the new born babies after they are born with monthly weigh-in’s and vaccinations, feeding advice, lactation advice and referring to doctors if needs be.
I wouldn’t harp on something if I didn’t think it needed attention.  The HMBC is DESPERATE for funds to keep it’s doors open.  They have managed to pay half the staff salaries for June, but there is still an ENORMOUS need for financial assistance.  You don’t have to be a South African to get involved.  We have a huge international community from our church family that contribute from ALL OVER THE WORLD.  Please prayerfully consider giving, you can even sign up to be a MONTHLY CONTRIBUTOR.  Visit their website, go see what they are all about and the work they do and GIVE.
I have.
Some of the HMBC Staff and volunteers from around the world
Some of the HMBC Staff and volunteers from around the world

 
HMBC Stats from March 2018
HMBC Stats from March 2018

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