PROJECT 10,000

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"

Falmouth 1st-Graders Make a Blanket Statement About Helping Others

FALMOUTH — First-graders at Falmouth Elementary School are pitching in to help deliver 10,000 baby blankets to people around the globe.


Project 10,000, spearheaded by Partners for World Health founder Elizabeth McLellan, is an effort to raise money to send birth kits to expectant mothers. McLellan met with groups of students in four different sessions on Feb. 3 to tell them what they can do to help.


To help raise funds for medical supplies, the students have been doing chores around their homes for extra money. The money will also be used to buy receiving blankets and hats for newborns; McLellan also asked the students to see if they had any receiving blankets at their homes that were no longer being used.


Reprinted from the Forecaster

Yarmouth Student Holds Beanie Baby Drive for PWH

A 12-year-old student from Yarmouth wanted to collect Beanie Babies to donate overseas.  She collected an outstanding 2,500 Beanie Babies and gave them to us to send to orphanages and pediatric wards in Africa and Asia.  We are also adding them to the safe birthing kits that we are making for pregnant women in Africa.


Inspired by this one young woman's efforts, other people in the community have responded by donating receiving blankets and more Beanie Babies. We appreciate these acts of kindness, as we need all the help we can get to ensure that we are able to stock 10,000 birthing kits by the end of the year. If you have a group or class that is interested in holding a drive, please contact us!

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40 Walch Drive 

Portland, Maine  04103

PWH is a non-profit 501 (c) 3 and all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law. Tax ID # 32-0276903

Main Office: 207-774-5555

Medical Supplies: 207-705-9020

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