Did you know? A woman dies every 2 minutes across the world from complications during childbirth and pregnancy. The worrying truth is that most of these deaths are preventable. We are so fortunate in Australia and other developed nations that we see pregnancy as a time of joy and happiness and not a time of fear like so many in developing countries.
Since starting LEGOE. we have been proud supporters of Send Hope Not Flowers, sending $1 from every purchase to this beautiful charity that helps Mothers in underdeveloped nations give birth safely and aims to reduce the significant number of preventable deaths.
Giving back to those less fortunate is something that's always been so important to me, and to be on a platform where you can not only raise awareness for critical issues going on over the world, but to be able to raise money and help give those in need a better life, is really special. We know not everyone is always in a position to donate, however we are now so excited to be extending our reach through the I = Change initiative and YOU choose where our donation goes!
We focus on three charities (see below) and upon checkout, you can choose where our $1 goes, so together, you & us as Mother's (or soon-to-be Mothers), are helping another Mother/family who is in need...which we think is pretty special.
Thank you for helping support these extremely worthwhile and relevant causes and we look forward to giving greater exposure and support.
- Providing a safe birth in Papua New Guinea through Send Hope Not Flowers
Papua New Guinea has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. 98% of these deaths are easily preventable. Send Hope Not Flowers works with Australian Dr. Barry Kirby in remote Milne Bay Province, PNG. We gift families with a Baby Bundle to incentivise mothers to come to a health clinic to give birth. The bundle is filled with basic supplies for mother and baby - and includes the $5 cost for delivery at the clinic. The Baby Bundle project is directly responsible for a 78% decrease in the maternal death rate in the region. Send Hope Not Flowers is dedicated to helping mothers survive childbirth across the developing world.
- Helping tiny babies breathe in Africa through Adara Development
Every year across the globe, 15 million babies are born too soon. Preterm birth is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five. In Uganda, 12,500 babies die every year because of preterm complications. The Adara Group works to end preventable newborn deaths in Uganda by improving the quality and capacity of health systems, working in partnership with local champions of newborn health. Adara is also partnering with PATH and the University of Washington to develop an incredibly simple and affordable device that helps babies breathe, when they are born with underdeveloped lungs.
- Protecting the Rohingya Children against child slavery through Plan Australia
As one of the most sudden and intense humanitarian crises in history, over 800,000 Rohingya have fled violence in Myanmar to neighboring Bangladesh. They've lost their homes, their livelihoods and everything they owned. Many children also lost their families. Traffickers prey on children in times of crisis. And now in the world’s largest refugee camp, the child-trafficking networks are taking full advantage of the chaos. Rohingya children have already lived through some of the worst things imaginable. But if they’re taken by traffickers, they could face a life of forced labour, domestic slavery or prostitution. Child trafficking in the camp has increased significantly over the last few months, so there’s no time to lose, to reach some of the world’s most vulnerable children before the traffickers do.