by One Heart World-Wide
One Heart World-Wide is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization implementing maternal and neonatal mortality prevention programs in remote rural areas of Nepal. We train health providers and upgrade health infrastructures to make sure that all pregnant women and their newborns have access to safe births and are able to survive both pregnancy and delivery.
On April 25th, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal. Dozens of strong aftershocks followed. Thirty-five of the seventy-five districts of Nepal have been affected in the Western and Central regions, including the Kathmandu Valley. The exact number of people affected is yet to be determined, but as of today the Government of Nepal reports over 4,000 dead and almost 6,500 injured. These numbers are increasing every day as more reports start to come in.
Among the districts most affected by the earthquake are two of One Heart World-Wide’s program areas, Dhading and Sindhupalchok. In Dhading, the death toll is currently at 400 and in Sindhupalchok, at almost at 900. Wounded people are lying in the open along with the rest of the population for fear of more aftershocks.
More than half of the health facilities where women deliver their babies have been destroyed and most of the others have sustained heavy damages. This is a major issue, as health care will not available for any of the inhabitants of the affected areas, and pregnant women will not have a safe place to give birth anymore. This is likely to result in additional deaths, both among the very vulnerable pregnant women and their newborns, but also in the general population.
This is where you can help One Heart World-Wide make a difference. We usually upgrade existing health facilities into functioning birthing centers. We will now have to rebuild all of the destroyed health facilities in our program areas. We are asking your support to do so. This will not only allow pregnant women and newborn babies to have access to essential care for a safe delivery, but also allow the general populations to have access to essential health care services (as most of these facilities provide care to the general population as well as to obstetric patients).
We are trying to raise $100,000 to rebuild 5 birthing centers in Dhading and Sindhupalchok. Please note that 100% of the funds collected will go to the reconstruction of the destroyed health facilities that provide care to pregnant women and their newborns in our program areas (no administrative costs).
Your donation will make a tremendous difference for the people that were affected by this terrible tragedy, but especially for the pregnant women and their newborn infants who will be better able to survive delivery and the first month of life.
Please help us spread the word by sharing this campaign on your social media sites, we need all of your help and support to achieve our goal.