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SLO Midwife to Bring Aid to Nairobi

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Megan's giving and generosity for this community (and for our families personally) not only includes her compassionate and caring midwifery services, but reaches so far above and beyond. We are thrilled to have an opportunity to support our friend in her upcoming trip to volunteer her services at the FreMo Clinic in Nairobi, Kenya.

Because Megan has touched so many lives, we know we aren't the only ones who would be interested in supporting her journey. Let's join together to help spread the word and raise funds for Megan. Any amount you wish to donate will have a meaningful impact on the women, babies and families of the FreMo Clinic. Just $3 provides a potentially life-saving anti-hemmiragatic device to a mama at the clinic. Imagine the good that our collective support can bring to these families! Mamas helping mamas. Women helping women. Families helping families. Your local support can have a global impact. Thank you for your support!

Love,
Emily & Tarrah
(Pacific Midwifery Clients & Megan's Friends)
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Hello Pacific Midwifery Friends and Family,

I am so excited (and a bit nervous) to let you know that I am going to be heading to East Africa to offer my services for the month of January. I will be spending the month in Nairobi, Kenya working at the FreMo Birth Centre in the Kawangware area of the city. I am lucky enough to get to work with incredible families here on the Central Coast; the moms I know enjoy security, access to fantastic nutrition, and basic necessities like running water and electricity. Most women in the world, however, do not enjoy similar blessings.

About twenty years ago, I spent six months in Kenya and Uganda studying as an undergraduate. I am thrilled to be returning to this area that I love to be of service and contribute to the community.

The clinic where I will be working offers culturally-sensitive, evidence-based, dignified care and services to women free of charge. The midwifery model of care, as practiced at this clinic, has led to improved outcomes for moms and babies.

Besides attending births, I will be teaching skills to local birth attendants as well as, I hope, learning much about working in low-resource areas in challenging conditions. Of course, I think it’s safe to say, I’ll spend some time seriously missing my family and friends back here.

As many of the families that use the center have little to spare, I will be purchasing supplies (gloves, cord clamps, sterile razor for cutting the cord) for birth kits as well as collecting baby hats, receiving blankets and t-shirts to keep babies warm and safe when discharged home.

Primary and secondary schools in Kenya require school fees and purchased uniforms and school supplies. Because of these costs, education is not available to all children — especially children in the Kawangware Slum. So in addition to purchasing birth supplies, I will also be purchasing supplies for a primary school associated with the clinic complex.

I will have local midwives covering my office hours here in January and will be back on call in early February. I’m already looking forward to what 2018 has in store for me and all the Pacific Midwifery family.

All my best to you and yours,

Megan
Pacific Midwifery
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This letter is too long in coming. I am so thankful to all of you who contributed to my recent trip to FreMo Medical Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Because of your donations, I was able to deliver supplies on arrival, purchase additional supplies while there, and leave a financial contribution for the clinic to use as it needed -- salaries, supplies, transportation needs.

People ask me how my trip was, and I honestly have a difficult time answering. I'm sure most people are looking for a pat answer -- Fine. But my trip was complex and challenging, too much to say to the average kind soul who inquires.

Most days I got to see the very best of humanity -- a small group of committed and passionate individuals trying to make a difference in their community, in the lives of their neighbors, friends, and families.

I also witnessed some troubling aspects of this human journey as well -- what it looks like when help is actually hurt, the type of care accessible to women in Kenya, and the degradation that is profound poverty. No one, in this day and age, should have to suffer through lack of access to clean water or proper sanitation. No one should have to face food insecurity. These are the everyday realities of life in Kawangware.

I was impressed with the Primary School the clinic started. It's growing and providing a long-lasting effect on the community as it aims to change the opportunities and outlook for future generations. Not only is FreMo committed to offering the kind of medical assistance people need now, today, but they are committed to offering the chance at a better life tomorrow and beyond. Their vision is BIG and inspiring.

In all honesty, I'd just about written this letter and was ready to send when life (as it does) happened all over again for our friends in Nairobi. Unexpected rains in March flooded the clinic and also the school. The school suffered considerable damage -- the well was fouled as outhouses overflowed, classrooms and the kitchen were submerged and inaccessible, the on-site clinic wasn't able to function.

April will bring the normal seasonal rains and we all hope for the best outcome for the clinic and school.

I will continue to support the good works of FreMo. I believe in their mission and their efforts. I believe in the power behind the project. And I believe in the people of Kawangware, who continue to persevere in the face of serious challenges.

I hope each of you knows how much your donation meant to me and to the people of FreMo Clinic as well as the population they serve. I'm forever grateful that I got to see firsthand the benefits and possibilities created across the globe by the kindness you all shared here.

Thank you all so much.

Megan
Some of the supplies we delivered
Clinic Director, Moffat Osoro
FreMo School
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