Listening, sharing in their stories and offering empathy and comfort are often just as important as providing infant feeding and maternal health support to the mothers NPI works with. In this blog, NPI volunteer Tereza tells the story of a special connection that stood the test of time.
I write as a call to everyone not to feel overwhelmed by the enormity of the current refugee crisis, but to focus on the little things that we as individuals can do. A post by Kirsty Carter, Volunteer.
Mahba (changing names for their security) gave birth to a 3lb preemie, and was sent ‘home’ to the camp. A post by by Linda Roberts, Volunteer.
Last week I stopped by a tent to say goodbye to a mother. Her newborn child, 3 weeks old, was sleeping on a pile of blankets on the concrete floor of the former factory turned refugee camp. No crib, no stroller, no new baby clothes. Sleeping on a concrete factory floor. A post by Meredith, Volunteer.
Yesterday I joined our midwife, Cecilia, and our translator, Selsabel, as NPI opened operations at the Elpída Home for Refugees. When we first entered, I was blown away by the facility. Unlike Sindos and Kalochori where each family occupies a tent, at Elpída each family has its own room within the building. The space is spartan, but there is access to indoor plumbing, kitchen facilities, a women’s area, and recreational zones for kids. A post by Meredith, Volunteer.