Thursday, May 15, 2014

Giving in DR Congo and the Central African Republic

Our giving continues at rapid speed!  We are proud to announce two more giving partners, Channel Initiative ( and the Footprints Foundation (

What I like about both of these organizations is that they were each started by women who saw a need and with a sense of determination and hope seek to make change in the world.  More specifically, these women are working to save the lives of women and children in some of the most difficult environments where maternal and child mortality rates are high.

Channel Initiative provides life saving medical care and supplies in rural areas of the Democratic Republic of Congo, currently ranked as one of the world's worst places to be a mother.  In places like the DRCongo, being pregnancy can be a death sentence, and many children die before the age of 5.  We are especially proud that Channel is working to have an impact on the thousands of refugees in camps in the Central African Republic (CAR).  The situation in these camps is dire, and we are hoping to send some of our pajamas with the team from Channel Initiative later this summer.  We are also working to send pajama patterns along with our pajamas so that women on the ground in rural DRCongo and CAR can learn to sew their own pajamas for their children, a way of perpetuating the cycles of giving.

Footprints Foundation is impressive in the ways that they work in local communities to train midwives and community health workers to participate in caring for needs in their communities.  By training and offering supplies on the ground, communities can be empowered to make changes and save lives.  Footprints works in DRCongo, Samaliland (part of Somalia that gained independence in 1991) and Jamaica.

We are grateful to these giving partners and hope to make a small difference with our pajamas.   Please check out these organizations on line and on Facebook to see the amazing work they are doing!

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