Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Preemie Project

How would you feel if your 2 lb baby was being heated over a charcoal stove or wrapped in a urine soaked blanket? This is the reality of life for premature babies in Uganda. I'm guessing that most of you know instictively that the smoke from a fire would not be good for immature lungs and that lying in one's own filth does not promote a health immune system. Now stop and think about why you know that.

Figure it out yet?

It's because you're educated. Because you grew up in a world where those kinds of things are basic knowledge, where you could flip on TLC and watch a show about babies or see something on the news about new medical technology.

Now here's the shocker... they don't know that in Uganda. Why? Because nobody ever told them!

The Preemie Project is seeking to provide a few basic things to one small community to help them care for the premature babies in their village and to equipt the people there with the education to teach the villagers these simple facts and save the lives of babies like Lokute.

There are 2 things that you can do for the Preemie Project...
1. Buy a hot water bottle
2. Make a cloth diaper

My favorite is the first link with a pattern for a cloth diaper made out of recycled shirts. So get out your sewing machine and start stiching. It's OK if it's not the most attractive diaper... the babies won't mind.

And don't forget... Feb. 28 @ 7:30 pm. PCC Fireside Room.
Be there!


Debra Joy said...

Last summer in Guinea, the missionary woman I was working with told me a story about when she helped out with a local woman's birth (actually, the "woman" was probably more like 16). She was helping give the baby his first bath. When she told the mom to dry the baby off, the mom pulled the baby out of the water by one arm and started shaking it to dry it off, like she would have done with a spoon or something! Just one more example of how sometimes the knowledge we take for granted just isn't present in remote villages.

gabi dickinson said...

I know this is an old post, but I've only just come across it. I'm coming to Uganda for two months on the 1st of May. Can I bring things for the project with me? How do I get them to you? My email address is:

Anonymous said...

was wondering about this program, i have a few mommies that would love to help out

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