One place we send Helping Hands donations is Waspam, a remote community of Nicaragua. With our sister organization Wangki Tangni, we are building a long-term program to prioritize women’s rights, health, and safety in family planning, pregnancy, and the birthing process. We address the issue of maternal mortality by providing resources for family planning, prenatal nutrition, and personal hygiene.
In 2015, MADRE visited a maternity center in Waspam, where pregnant Indigenous Miskito women come for safe deliveries. In collaboration with our allies Circle of Health International (COHI), we trained and distributed medical supplies to 96 midwives serving 115 rural communities where there is no access to health services.
"I learned about MADRE many years ago from a friend and colleague who had donated medicine. As the community service coordinator at my school, I am always searching for good organizations to partner with. It is actually very hard to come across organizations interested in what I believe to be super useful and valuable items (used eyeglasses, shoes, clothing, books, furniture). In MADRE, I not only found an outlet for all of these goods from my school, but I learned about an excellent organization that has become a long time friend. Thanks to MADRE, my school was able to send desks and chairs and cabinets across the world for further use." - Violeta Epstein