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Kangu.org is 'Celebrating Dads' with New Father's Day Donation Feature

Kangu.org is 'Celebrating Dads' with New Father's Day Donation Feature

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06/13/2013

 
Kangu.org is 'Celebrating Dads' with NewFather's Day Donation Feature
Embracing a father's role in promoting a safe pregnancyand childbirth, Kangu.org allows users to donate to apregnant woman's medical care on behalf of special Dad intheir life
 NEW YORK, June 13, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In celebration of Father's Day,Kangu.org 
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an innovative philanthropic platform thatenables donors to crowdfund safe birth environments for pregnantwomen in developing countries
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announced the launch of its newfeature, "Celebrating Dads." Each year, 250,000 women in developing countries die from acomplication related to pregnancy or childbirth. Furthermore, 3.5 millionchildren die each year during the fragile delivery and neonatal period.The vast majority of these deaths could be prevented with access toskilled medical care and a safe and clean labor environment.
 
To meet this need, Kangu has partnered with local non-profit hospitalsand clinics in developing countries to offer healthcare services proven toreduce maternal and neonatal mortality. AtKangu.org,users can donate as little as $10 towards the services provided by Kangu's on-the-groundhealthcare partners."While we know that nearly 800 pregnant women die every day fromlack of access to basic healthcare services, the toll on fathers is muchless quantifiable," said CEO Casey Santiago. "Dads play a critical role insupporting a healthy pregnancy and a positive birth outcome
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and toooften experience great loss due to complications of pregnancy
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yet theyare not typically represented in the equation."'Celebrating Dads' expands upon Kangu's unique crowdfunding model,which features the stories and photos of nearly 100 moms-to-be in needof medical care in Uganda, to include information and photos about theexpectant fathers as well. The shift is meant to recognize and honor theinvaluable contributions that a supportive father figure can bring to achild's life
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even before birth."It's time to recognize fathers," said Santiago. "I am proud that our website now features expectant couples
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moms and dads
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joinedtogether as they seek out healthcare services to ensure the best start for their baby."This week, users can contribute to the cost of critical medical services on behalf of a special dad in their life. Each donation made on behalf of afather will generate a personalized Father's Day e-card, and will ensurecritically important medical care is available for families in need.
 
To learn more about Kangu or to make a donation this Father's Day, visitwww.Kangu.org.You can also followKangu.org onFacebook  and Twitter  (@KanguOrg), and encourage others to donate in honor of a dadthis Father's Day using the hashtag #
CelebratingDads
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About Kangu
 Kangu.org is a crowdfunding platform founded by CEO Casey Santiagoin 2012, in an effort to provide safe births to mothers who live in regionsof the world with the highest maternal mortality rates, including areas of Uganda, Nepal, Burundi and India. Atwww.kangu.org,anyone anywhere can search profiles of pregnant women and fund a specificwoman's access to high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services, provided by vetted local non-profit medical partners, are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths.Kangu's social media platform gives people a chance to connect with,read about and see photographs of families from other countries whowill benefit from the services provided
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which include prenatal care,delivery with a trained professional, emergency care and postnatal care.The website measures how much of each woman's birth has beenfunded, and citizen philanthropists can donate as little as $10 towardsthe medical care and safe birth environment provided by Kangu's partners.Before founding Kangu, Casey Santiago worked for fifteen years inglobal health, microfinance and tech. She was an early staff member atKiva.org,a Senior Consultant at Deloitte, and an advisor to for-profitand non-profit healthcare organizations. Casey graduated fromWellesley College and Columbia Business School, and has worked inover 20 countries.
 

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