Haiti and the State of the World’s Midwifery Report

Yesterday, the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched The State of World’s Midwifery Report in Durban, South Africa. The report states that globally, 350,000 midwives are needed to achieve Millennium Development Goal 5. Every year those midwives could help prevent the deaths of 358,000 pregnant women and approximately 2 million newborns that die within the first 24 hours of life.  Haiti is included among the country profiles (found here) with detailed information regarding the country’s progress on the 5th Millennium Development Goal.

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June Newsletter: A Treasurer’s Tale Of Trust And Transparency

Every couple of months we like to highlight a partner in an attempt to emphasize the often unnoticed efforts that continue in Haiti.  We recently spoke with Jonny Carmil, APDAG’s Treasurer. As a lifetime resident of Gran Sous, Jonny volunteers most of his time to work for APDAG The Peasant Association for the Development and Advancement of Gran Sous).

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Basic Needs Projects

The communities we support lack most of the basic services necessary for its residents to live fair and productive lives. Part of Roots of Development’s mission is to help the community groups it partners with complete development projects that address their most basic needs. Under the direction of the general population, these community groups identify their priorities and outline how they would like to address them. Roots of Development’s role is to first help them identify the resources they already have around them and then to help connect them to the resources still needed to complete their project. The priorities identified by the communities we work with most often involve potable water facilities, public latrines, housing, increased access to appropriate health care, etc.

A New Truck

You don’t get to hear about them much, but our volunteers in Connecticut have been extremely busy over the past six months.  Roots has been gathering materials to stock APDAG’s offices, community meeting space, internet cafe, and the tool rental facility and now we have a truck!  Our CT volunteers found and purchased a truck to ship all of the furnishings and tools for the community building in the coming months, but we still need help funding the shipment.  The tool rental facility will provide APDAG with it’s first non-Roots source of income, a small step toward financial independence.  We want to thank our volunteers in Connecticut for continuing to coordinate this project.  If you’d like to find a way to volunteer with us, please send us an email at info@rootsofdevelopment.org.