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Baby blankets for far-away mothers

    “We’re putting together safe birthing kits for traditional birthing attendants,” said Kaitlin Rosholm, a senior at Westminster College and intern with local organization Humanity for Children. “Currently (Maasai women) give birth in traditional huts without the help of skilled attendants.” Instead, mothers among the semi-nomadic Maasai often give birth on dirt floors with the help of untrained women in the community, Rosholm said. “They can’t get to hospitals, and clinics nearby aren’t equipped as birthing centers,” she added. Infants are at a high risk of contracting infections, including HIV and potentially blinding eye infections, during birth. Humanity for Children assembles kits with various supplies to aid in safe, healthy births, including tarps to cover dirt floors, reusable menstrual pads for postpartum bleeding, gloves, eye ointment, soft receiving blankets and more.   On Saturday, Rosholm, some of her Westminster friends and several members of the First Presbyterian Church got together to sew the blankets. “I’ve never sewed before, which explains why I’ve been trying to fold the same piece of fabric this whole time,” student Thomas Mallon said. The blankets are simple: 35-inch squares of soft cotton fabric with the edges folded in and hemmed. Humanity for Children members hope to have 150 of them by the time the next shipment of birthing kits leaves for Tanzania. By June, they hope to have 150 more. Mary Osborn helped rally volunteers at First Presbyterian. She’s part of the church’s sewing group. “We do whatever sewing needs to be done,” she said. “Once, we sewed a banner for our sister congregation in Rwanda.” The group also sews pillowcases for Ryan’s Case for Smiles, an international effort to create cute pillowcases for children who are hospitalized with cancer. “We made about 168 last year,” sewing group member Karen Luther said. “We all have a great time.” They’ll host their sixth annual sew-in for that cause on April 22, and people from local churches are invited to join. “We’ll have jobs for the non-seamstresses, too,” Osborn added. Rosholm said if people want to sew their own blankets to donate to Humanity for Children, they should contact her at krosholm.17@westminstermo.edu or the organization at info@humanityforchildren.org. This story was first featured on Source: FULTON...

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Give a Life Changing Gift!

Give a Life Changing Gift!

        Looking for a gift for the person who has everything or possibly you’re wanting to give a gift that truly makes an impact. Whatever your reason, consider giving an alternative gift through Humanity for Children this holiday season. A gift from you will change the life of a person in need which will ultimately impact their family, community, and our world. Honor someone in your life with a gift that makes a difference. Donate today. $25 Gives Solar Study Lights to 2 Students in Rwanda $40 Provides a Goat or Pig for a Family to Start a Livestock Business $100 Provides Safe Birthing Kits to 10 Maasai Mothers in Tanzania $250 Helps a Women Entrepreneur Start a Business Donate today and we will send you a special card that can be given to your gift...

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