Layette Project for the Shelter of Bethlehem (Belen)

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The Shelter of Belen is located in Chinandega, Nicaragua, where the mortality rate for children under five is 51%.

  • The Shelter of Belen is located in Chinandega, Nicaragua, where the mortality rate for children under five is 51%.
  • 19,000 women have come through the shelter resulting in 19,000 live births. No babies have died at the shelter!
  • 1,600 women pass through annually, though 1,200 has been the maximum number of layette bags available.
  • Expectant mothers range in age from 11 to 40. They come from as far as 40 miles away, usually on foot, in the last weeks of pregnancy.
  • The women attend educational classes on hygiene, prenatal care,baby care, and nutrition. The goal is to provide each with a layette bag containing items for care of her newborn baby.
  • A nurse is on duty, and a doctor is on call 24 hours a day.
  • The mothers report learning so much about caring for children and themselves.
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2018 PROJECT UPDATE

$2,385 from Cedar Falls Rotarians matched with $750 from the Rotary Club of Cedar Falls for a total of $3,135•73 bags filled by Rotary Club of Cedar Falls

  • 55 bags filled by Catholic Daughters of Saint Patrick Parish

2019 GOALS

  • Meet or exceed 2018 levels through donations of all sizes•A $50 donation sponsors one bag
  • Are others participating?
    Yes!
  • 12 Iowa Rotary Clubs in District 5970 are participating this year along with 9 clubs from other states and 17 businesses, churches, schools, and families in the Cedar Valley. The Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa, Chinandega 2001 Foundation, Hope and Relief International Foundation, and the Woods Foundation are also providing support. Cedar Valley physicians have donated fetal heart monitors.
  • Benefits extend beyond the walls of this facility as it is the example used in setting up other maternity shelters in Nicaragua and the women share what they have learned with friends and family.

TO DONATE Make your check payable to Cedar Falls Rotary Foundation Layette Project, mail to:

Cedar Falls Rotary, PO Box 301, Cedar Falls, IA 50613

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NEW MOTHERS IN NICARAGUA APPRECIATE YOUR GENEROSITY!