Update: Ebola Fundraiser

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Oregon Health and Science University’s Nursing Students Without Borders and the non-profit Global Force for Healing hosted an event to raise money for the Ebola victims of Sierra Leone on January 16th. The event included a soup and pottery sale and a presentation by Sudy Storm, founder of the Sukuli Project, on the social inequality of Ebola. The event raised over $2,500 to send to the Jawei Chiefdom in Sierra Leone, which was one of the hardest hit regions during the Ebola epidemic. At this time no new cases have been reported in the Jawei Chiefdom, although the disease is still spreading in many other regions in the country.

The paramount chief of this region contacted the Sukuli Project to report that they surveyed their chiefdom and determined that the hardest hit demographic was the 307 children orphaned as a result of the Ebola epidemic. Their community prioritized these children and used the $2,500 to provide them with food, clothing and school supplies.

Thank you to everyone who made this donation possible!

P.S. There is still time to contribute, so please follow this link if you would like to make a donation:


The Sukuli Project participates in Global Force for Healing’s Healthy, Compassionate Birthing network, which supported the Ebola fundraising event (www.globalforceforhealhting.org/project-one/)

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Support Mother Health International For Only $2 a Month

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A recent blog post was written about Rachel Zaslow, the executive director of Mother Health International and about The House of Birth and Peace birth center in Uganda. This clinic is a safe place for women to give birth and this safety is partly due to offering transportation services during emergency situations. MHI is asking for your help to raise funds for an ambulance. They are looking for 500 donors to commit $2 each month. All it takes is $2 a month!

Follow this link to learn more and to make a recurring monthly donation.


Deepening Our Capacity to Love Through Healing Our Birth Trauma

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Dr. Mia Kalef is a former chiropractor, a practicing craniosacral, Prenatal & Birth Therapist and gifted healer who explores and re-patterns the traumatic imprints from our prenatal and perinatal experiences. She is also the author of the book, “The Secret Life of Babies.”

Mia’s research has found that the human body is resilient and it is never too late to heal. Also that we inherit and forget about our earliest moments in the womb and at birth. These experiences are then imprinted into our subconscious and replayed throughout our lives. The ability to store memories in our bodies at the physical, mental and spiritual levels has an effect on our health and society. Exploring and healing these unconscious memories not only deepens our capacity for love, but also strengthens our ability to extend compassion to others.

Birth trauma is a cross-cultural phenomenon that women and babies experience in different ways. Traumatic events include everything from inductions and epidurals, to malnutrition and stress. These experiences are remembered in our bodies and continue to shape, limit and create blockages in our lives. Birth Therapy can soothe the effects of challenging births, and help babies and adults heal from the effects of traumatic births.

Mia guides a four-day Pre-birth and Birth Healing Workshop that teaches participants how to re-pattern an aspect of pre-birth or birth experiences. She also holds a four week online Traumatic Birth Recovery and Healing Therapy Program designed for mothers and babies who need physical and emotional healing after their birth experiences. To discover the depth of healing accessible through Birth Therapy and access programs offered, please visit: http://www.secretlifeofbabies.com.

Randi Powell

Global Force for Healing Intern

OHSU Senior Nursing Student

Nursing Students Without Borders


Mother Health International: An Inspirational Model of Sustainable Compassion

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Mother Health International is a non-profit organization committed to reducing maternal, infant and child mortality rates by creating culturally competent and sustainable birth centers using the midwifery model of care. Through this model they are able to offer compassionate care for generations in the future. The group of midwives, doctors, activists and academics that form this organization work with midwives in Uganda, Haiti and Senegal to change maternal and child outcomes. One of their clinics in Atiak, Uganda, called The House of Birth and Peace, represents all elements of their model. The compassionate care that women receive at the clinic is a marked departure from, and a way to heal from, the trauma of war, poverty and violence.

The House of Birth and Peace is successful because it is the result of a grassroots, collaborative effort with the local community. The staff integrates existing knowledge and utilizes appropriate teaching models that suit the population. Perhaps most pertinent to the clinic’s sustainability is the sense of ownership from the community and their desire to be financially self-sufficient. The House of Birth and Peace is widely accepted because the midwives and Traditional Birth Attendants are local women who have trained at the clinic.

Uganda is a country with staggering birth outcomes, however The House of Birth and Peace serves as an oasis of loving and supportive care. The clinic’s statistics are proof that holistic and attentive midwifery care results in better maternal and infant outcomes. In Northern Uganda a woman has a 1 in 25 lifetime chance of dying during childbirth. In comparison, over 2,700 deliveries have occurred at the clinic and they have never lost a mother. The national infant mortality rate is 54 deaths for every 1,000 births, whereas the clinic has a much lower rate of 11 deaths for every 1,000 births. This model is proof that sustainability and compassion have an incredible effect on birth outcomes.

The House of Birth and Peace is fundraising for an ambulance. In rural villages women give birth on the side of the road on their way to seek help. They also walk miles home after their baby is born, which places them at risk for hemorrhage. An ambulance is one of the most important tools that Mother Health International uses to ensure good outcomes. An ambulance ensures that a woman is picked up in labor, delivered safely to the clinic and drives them home post-partum.

If you would like more information on Mother Health International and the amazing work that they do, or to donate to their ambulance fund, then please visit motherhealth.org or follow them on Facebook. For more details on Rachel Zaslow, the executive director of Mother Health International and healthy birthing models, then please visit and https://www.dropbox.com/l/SOevzfscCcgLy9xYWplMIk??text=1

Randi Powell

Global Force for Healing Intern

OHSU Senior Nursing Student

Nursing Students Without Borders