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The 2020 MicroClinic Initiative Newsletter brings you updates about our programs in Kenya, information about upcoming events, photographs, opportunities to get involved, and more.
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2020 MicroClinic Initiative Newsletter

January 2017

Together we can clothe every baby and ensure a safe pregnancy for every mother.
A Letter from our Founder and Executive Director 
 
Dear friends and supporters:

2016 was an exciting year for 2020 MicroClinic. We received several grants and awards, opened the Nairobi office, hired staff, increased baby clothing production, and established new corporate partnerships. Most importantly, we helped thousands of Kenyan mothers and babies access quality health care. With the support of the Pfizer Foundation, the GSK/Save the Children partnership, and so many of you – our donors and volunteers – we have led an enormously successful expansion into Kakamega County in western Kenya (population about 2 million), home of the crying stone in Elesi, the preserved ancient Wanga Kingdom in Mumias, the sugar mills, and annual bullfight. We are now serving about 600 women for prenatal care, postnatal care, and childbirth each month.

As our program reaches more and more mothers, we are inspired and motivated by the stories we hear about Operation Karibu moms, like Sheila, who used our emergency transportation program. Sheila gave birth at our Operation Karibu site at the Shikusi Dispensary, but when she experienced complications, she needed to be rushed to the nearby county hospital in an ambulance. Without our emergency transportation program, Sheila’s chances of survival would have been seriously diminished. But she and her baby are now healthy and safe.

And Maureen, who almost lost her life in 2011 while giving birth to her second child at home in Kiambu County. Maureen joined Operation Karibu in 2016 and safely delivered her third child through our program at the Ng’enda Health Centre. Maureen is now a tireless advocate for skilled, in-clinic deliveries, speaking regularly to expectant mothers in her village.

We are extraordinarily grateful to the hard-working medical professionals, community health volunteers, and county administrative staff who have made certain that our programs run smoothly so that we may concentrate on bringing Operation Karibu to as many mothers and babies as our resources allow.

Of course, we have a long way to go, as hundreds of thousands of women each year face life-threatening medical complications during pregnancy and childbirth without the assistance of trained medical professionals. We know that we have our work cut out for us in 2017. Though we may cry like the stone, rest assured we will fight like the bulls and offer life-changing results as sweet as the sugar mills of Kakamega.

Asante sana for your undying support!

Moka and Lynne
Operation Karibu mother, Sheila, healthy and safe after using our emergency transportation program.
Annual Community Update
 
Check out our annual community update here to reflect on the successes of 2016 and look forward to the exciting year ahead!
The Pfizer Foundation honors 2020 MicroClinic  with the Global Health Innovation Grant
 
We are honored that the Pfizer Foundation has recognized our innovation and impact on maternal health in Kenya for the second year in a row. With this grant we will continue to serve thousands of the most vulnerable mothers in Kenya, ensuring they have access to a safe pregnancy and delivery. Thank you Pfizer Foundation for your continued support and faith in our work! 
Representatives of the Pfizer Foundation visiting the Ng’enda Health Centre.
Meet Mary

Mary Njeri Kiguru is one of Operation Karibu's seamstresses. A 50-year-old mother of six, Mary lives in Ng’enda and has been engaging in community service for the past six years. She assists parents in her local community to ensure that they visit health centers, especially when pregnant and delivering children.

“I am happy with Operation Karibu as it has managed to push the community to embrace good health especially for their children.”


MARY NJERI KIGURU
Ng'enda, Kenya
Crazy Dog Donates 10,000 More T-Shirts 

One of our most generous corporate partners, Crazy Dog T-Shirts of Rochester, NY, kicked off the new year by donating 10,000 more t-shirts to 2020 MicroClinic Initiative! With these t-shirts, we'll be able to make baby clothes for thousands of newborns and ensure that their mothers have access to good health services. Thank you for your continued support and generosity, Bill, Brie, Pete, and everyone at Crazy Dog!
CrazyDog T-Shirts Donates 3,500 Shirts for Babies in Kenya
An interview with Bill Kingston, owner of Crazy Dog T-Shirts. Video by Mikey Jarrell.
Donors of the Month: Whipple Women's Knitting Circle
 
We want to thank the Whipple Women for their continued support. They've donated hundreds of clothing items, including many beautiful handmade hats and blankets. We are so grateful for your time and care in making such special items for our Operation Karibu babies. Your efforts truly make a difference in our program and in the lives of Kenyan families. Thank you!
Always more ways to support moms in Kenya

There are so many ways to support 2020 MicroClinic Initiative! In addition to shopping at AmazonSmile, where you're sure to satisfy all your shopping needs, check out our page at BRBF Infinity, where a portion of your purchases will be donated to 2020 MicroClinic Initiative.

Running a 5K? Looking for a way to celebrate a birthday or anniversary in a meaningful way? Make any event a fundraiser for 2020 MicroClinic Initiative! Classy.org makes it easy to have your own fundraising page for 2020 MicroClinic Initiative up in minutes. Learn how you can support 2020 MicroClinic Initiative in fun and creative ways at Classy.org.
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