May is for Mothers
May is the month when we celebrate Mothers! In our eNews this month we focus on SD Projects that are supporting mothers and their children. One of the things that has been attracting the interest of several of our board members is the benefit to children when mothers are free to really care for their children and nurture them properly. This has measurable effects, not only on the emotional health of the child, but also on brain development. ICDP projects around the world are training healthcare workers and parents on how a lively and loving environment in the early years contributes to health and intellegence throughout a person’s entire life.
We are also supporting the Mother and Child Hospital in Kwilu Ngongo, Democratic Republic of Congo. This is a hospital the serves everybody in the region, but is especially dedicated to the health of expectant mothers, childbirth, and mothers and children in early infancy. In DRCongo the rate of sickness and death among women and infants from diseases that are entirely preventable is shockingly high. With improved hygene, clean water, and basic healthcare, hundreds of lives in the Kwilu Ngongo area will be saved.