Project 10,000 is an effort to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa by providing 10,000 women with kits containing the supplies necessary for a sterile birth and items to keep their newborn warm.
Maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa are unacceptably high. Many women and babies die from infection after childbirth and the sterility of birthing supplies seems to lie at the heart of the problem. By providing pregnant women with kits containing sterile equipment which they will give to the doctor at the time of delivery, we can dramatically decrease postpartum complications. The kits will also include items to ensure babies are kept warm and dry after birth and a beanie baby as a gift.
Project 10,000 has seen significant success but we need your help to ensure we are able to reach 10,000 women by the end of 2020! If you are interested in taking on a leadership role in this project, please fill out our volunteer application. If you or your school is interested in organizing a fundraiser for the purchase of the birthing supplies or a drive to collect diapers, blankets, hats, and/or beanie babies, please e-mail us and we'd be happy to help you. If you would like to donate new or gently used items to Project 10,000 please bring them to our headquarters at 40 Walch Drive, Portland, Maine. Thank you!
Read below about how our very first partner, the first graders from Falmouth Elementary School, joined the cause!
Join us in the fight to reduce maternal and infant mortality rates in Africa!
Above: The contents of one safe birthing kit. Kits contain the supplies necessary for a sterile birth and items to keep a newborn warm.
In May of 2015, students from the University of Maine Orono and the University of New England traveled to Mbour, Senegal for a medical mission trip. There they delivered 800 lbs of usable medical supplies as well as treated and assessed countless patients at their day clinics.
Song: Matthew West- "Do Something"