7 Simple Items That Save Babies From Death

Fatu felt the first labor pains as she cooked rice over her charcoal fire late in the afternoon.  Fatu called out to her neighbor, and together they delivered Prince, a beautiful baby boy, right there in the yard. To cut the umbilical cord, they used a cooking knife.

Wrapped in a towel, Prince seemed healthy at first, but days later his tiny body was hot with fever. Desperate, Fatu carried him to the local clinic, but it was too late. Prince died in his devastated mother's arms.

If Fatu and her neighbor had a few simple things, Prince would still be alive.

With your help, our team took 200 clean birth kits to Liberia in March. Developed by the World Health Organization, the kits contain medical gloves, soap, a plastic sheet, a razor blade, cord ties, gauze pads, and a picture instruction card. They are small enough to carry everywhere, and can prevent fifty percent of the birth infections that kill babies and mothers in Liberia.

In addition to providing love and clean birth kits to pregnant mothers, the team continued vocational training, provided sexual exploitation and abuse prevention to our  children, and gave leadership training and encouragement to the hard-working Liberian staff. 

Your love made all of this possible. Thank you!

Andy Perkins

Founder & Board Chair

You Give, They Grow!

The children BESTWA helps on your behalf are real children in extreme need living in Buchanan, Liberia. Click a photo to learn more about each child whose life has been dramatically changed by your love.

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