Waikiki Wireless • Soroptimist International of Waikiki Foundation, Inc. • November 2012 • 2
One of the programs of Soroptimist International that our local SI Waikiki clubsupports is the
December 10 President’s appeal
. At the SIA convention, PresidentAlice Wells reminded the attendees that this project will continue for another year.The
December 10th Appeal
always takes place on Human Rights Day and requests thatSoroptimists worldwide give up something of importance on this day and donate whatwould have been spent to the
December 10th Appeal
project.“Birthing in the Paci
c” is a project located in Papua, New Guinea where the maternal/infant mortalityrate is the highest in Asia. The original intent was to up skill midwives, but it was realized that since 70% of allbirths in Papua New Guinea occur at home, there was a great need for village women to be trained as birth at-tendants. Soroptimist International of Ramu is working with villages to provide this training. The village chiefsselected women to be trained; they worked with the local health department for approvals. Fifteen women haveso far been trained, and the NGO World Vision has asked that Soroptimist send more women.Our Waikiki club annually budgets to help fund this project. What do donations support?
A donation of $1 USD can provide an obstetric wheel. This is a calendar that uses events such asChristmas and Easter to help birth attendants and pregnant women work out a due date so that theyknow when to go to a facility and deliver.
A donation of $100 USD can provide
A clinical birth attendant with a ‘Karum work bilum’ which is a pouch of essential work tools forsafe deliveries….or
Provide buckets and goggles to a “class” of village birth attendant graduates to ensure cleandeliveries for those unable to make it to a birthing center
A donation of $300 USD can
Send a registered midwife to a Midwives’ Society professional development course….or
Cover costs for village (traditional) birth attendants to attend a local training course coveringbasic reproductive health care and hygiene….or
Support community health workers to attend a
ve month Department of Health maternalcompetency course.
Jean EhrhornSIWFI President
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