2014 Infant Death Rate in Sierra Leone (73 per 1000 live births).
“Every day 1500 women die due to complications in pregnancy or childbirth. 10, 000 babies per day die within the first month of life and an equal number of babies are born dead. Skilled care around the time of birth would greatly reduce the number of these needless deaths.”
– World Health Organization
Sierra Leone has among the highest maternal mortality and child mortality rates in the world. The thing is, there is no magic solution, there is no miracle we are waiting for. Saving lives is possible through intervention. These are the reasons we started building the Fatmata Maternity Center in 2012. We didn’t want women to lose their life because of the long and treacherous walks to hospitals, we didn’t want them bleeding to death in their homes. We wanted them to enjoy the gift of life in happiness and health with their young ones. Given that the district hospital is more than 20 miles away and only accessible to most by foot, we extend our healthcare services to all at risk patients in the community regardless of gender, age or ailment.
Today, we serve a population of more than 20,000 people from 6 neighboring communities.
So how are we helping mommas and babies? Since our opening in April 2014, our center has welcomed more than 60 happy and healthy baby deliveries. With Malaria, Pneumonia and poor nutrition being the leading cause of infant illness and mortality, we offer free vaccinations for all children. In addition, your donations help us to provide 1 large sack of SierraMix for children in need every month.
SierraMix is a nutritional supplement given to infants and babies who do not have access to quality, nutritional food in their most vulnerable days of life. It could be that the mother is ill and cannot breastfeed, it could be that the family is poor and does not have access to quality food. This supplementation is saving lives with your help.
To view a full 2014 treatment report from our center click here
Our goals for Fatmata Maternity are below:
- Help residents to better manage healthcare issues plaguing the community (Malaria, STDS, ARI (acute respiratory illness)
- Drive more women to own their health—encourage pre natal care, deliveries at the center and post delivery mother and baby healthcare
- Reduce mortality/illness of children under five by ensuring every mother visiting the center has the education, resources, vaccines and access to nutritional supplements to help avert neonatal problems
- Be an active leader in community malaria control activities
Please continue to follow our updates at www.facebook.com/thaakatfoundation
To donate to Fatmata Maternity visit www.thaakat.org/donate.
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Chicago, IL, January 2015 – Thaakat launches its newest campaign the L.O.V.E. campaign which stands for Love Over Violence Everywhere. This campaign is a part of the Break the Silence project which aims to shed light on the increasing instances of violence against women.
We at Thaakat, have chosen to SPEAK UP. Our L.O.V.E. Campaign encourages women to stand up for the respect that they deserve, while at the same time inspiring societies to esteem the women in their lives.
You can unite with us in SPEAKING UP by contributing a donation on the L.O.V.E. Campaign webpage: http://www.supportlocalstuff.com/loveoverviolence
Research has shown that 1 in 4 women around the world will be a victim of violent abuse in her lifetime. Gender violence leads to an unhealthy society in which the success and progress of women is deterred. Due to the international stigma of speaking about gender-based violence, this worldwide challenge is known as the Silent Epidemic.
To help create a world where women and girls are safe from violence, Thaakat is raising awareness of violence against women by honoring the plight of women worldwide. We believe the best way to help end the violence is to provide education early on and to engage as allies in women’s economic and social empowerment. Please visit us here to see how your donation will be helping.
When you donate to the L.O.V.E. Campaign, you will get to honor a loved woman in your life with a special card:
With a donation of up to $50, the Valentines’ e-card will be sent to your recipient, please include the name and email of your intended recipient in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
With a donation of $51 or more, the actual Valentines’ card will be mailed to your recipient. Please include a note which includes the name, address and a note for your recipient.
Thaakat Foundation was started by a group of students in the summer of 2007. With Facebook being our initial platform, Thaakat Foundation has grown rapidly, and in 2008 it became a 501(c)(3) government recognized not for profit organization. Constant appreciation from our supporters and NGO partnerships continue to fuel our initiative towards social responsibility. Today, we have adopted global communities in Ghana, Sierra Leone and Pakistan. We work with these communities on educational, healthcare and economical progress. Visit Global Projects > Current Projects for more information.
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Picture courtesy Austin Pruett
In 2013 we adopted the community of Tanoboase, Ghana. Here is where we found Righteous, or rather we found each other.
Righteous began his school with just two kids. Now he has over 100. Righteous and the children make the best with what they have. Class starts at seven with breakfast and a morning prayer. Righteous and his staff teach the students to read and write English, learn basic math and geography, and provide a safe space for the children to play while their parents work. And all of this at no cost for the parents and students of the school.
Over the last year, our donors, our partners Liz Zweifler and Austin Pruett and everyone supporting us has brought this school to a place we never imagined in such short time.
– We have a complete 3 room schoolhouse, uniforms, supplies and books to meet the standards of the Ghana Educational Service
– Children receive lunch every day
– 5 Teachers were initially employed, we have hired 3 more just last month
– We started with less than 50 students, we now have 105
– Last month the community broke with YAWS disease. Your donations helped to vaccinate 118 adults and children and are also providing for treatment for those infected
So, what does this school bus mean for our school?
– It has allowed for children from more than 6 communities to now attend the school. It had previously been limited to those in nearby distance
– It has allowed for access to the nearby stream. This is where people bath as well as gather drinking water. The bus is able to haul water to the school site for use
– It has allowed school to start on time. Previously, several trips in the small car were causing delays in the school schedule
This bus is doing more to progress the school than you know. We are 75% to our goal and just need your support to help us get there. The amount not yet paid off is being financed with hefty interest rates
What can you look forward to in 2015 at the Konadu Basic School?
– The launch of an agricultural venture to help provide vocational and employment opportunities for women in the community. This farm will include livestock farming as well as a small mushroom farm
– Proceeds from the farm will help us to sustain and grow the school
– The addition of more classrooms and a computer lab
– A complete soccer field
– Ongoing partnerships with surrounding communities and officials on education, healthcare and economic development
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