Things we take for granted - healthy moms, healthy babies, clean hospitals and having a magical family moment - aren't guarantees for the people of Cebu. The Philippine infant mortality rate is over 21 deaths per 1,000 live births which is almost four times the rate we see in the United States.
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About the campaign
Our connection with Glory Reborn started years ago but our passion for the organization was amplified last fall we experienced something that I never could have imagined. In the summer of 2017, we were thrilled to find out that we were expecting our first child!
About 18 weeks into the pregnancy, we found out that our little girl, Leonie, had Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder. The diagnosis meant that we likely wouldn’t even get to meet her and, if we did, it would likely only be for a short while.
In December, at 24 weeks, our little girl passed away. I was lost and hurting, but I felt the impact that caring doctors and nurses could have. In the most vulnerable moment in my life, I was amazed by the gentleness and care we received. Everyone deserves that; it doesn't matter if they live in Virginia or Cebu.
As we processed through our emotions, the amount of support we received from family and friends was extremely humbling. Beneath the grief we realized that there was just so much love; love we had for our little girl and love other people had for us. In order to honor Leonie, we felt we couldn’t just keep it all to ourselves, but needed to find a way to share that love with others. We wanted people who needed it to feel that love as well. Whether they had the same reason for needing it that we did, or just needed someone with the skill to care for them and their baby even if they had no money to offer in return.
Things we take for granted - healthy moms, healthy babies, clean hospitals and having a magical family moment - aren't guarantees for the people of Cebu. In 2016 26 million Filipinos, approximately a quarter of the population, lived in poverty, with 12 million in extreme poverty, lacking the ability to feed themselves much less afford quality health care. Mothers often don't receive quality prenatal care, if they receive care at all. Going to public hospitals can be downright traumatic for an expecting mother.
The organization operates with a holistic view of the community that goes beyond the important medical services they provide. They also know the importance of building a team and investing in the community around them. They provide employment for more than 25 locals who all earn above minimum wage, receive health insurance and are supported in continuing education efforts.
The funds from this campaign would help mothers and babies who can’t afford the cost of care to have a safe and special delivery. This isn’t just a one-time gift, this is an investment in the lives of individuals who desperately need care and support.
Thanks for considering joining us to support this wonderful organization!