Building the Prenatal Clinic and CHE Office

As we move into Phase Two, our first order of business will be to begin building our Prenatal Clinic and CHE office. This building will provide space for expectant mothers to gather. We’ll provide bi-weekly prenatal classes. At the same classes, women will receive their prenatal checkups. The Community Health Education (CHE) office will provide a space for our staff to prepare lessons and prepare for their visits into the local community to teach on community health topics and to visit mothers who have recently delivered their babies.

While I love having these precious little ones in our orphanage, my heart is broken that they have never had the opportunity to know their mothers.

From the Left: Matthews’ mother was very young and carrying twins. Complications arose in childbirth and the attendants were unable to get help fast enough from one of the larger hospitals or to help the young mother. Matthew’ mom and twin died that day. Matthews was premature and spent the first two months of his life in a kangaroo pouch our caregiver mothers wore.

L to R: Matthews, Jackson, Aida, Lizzy, Jachai.

L to R: Matthews, Jackson, Aida, Lizzy, Jachai.

Jackson’s mother was giving birth at a government clinic, the closest one to our community where most of the women in our community give birth. This clinic is notorious for it’s poor treatment of women, often leaving them to deliver on their own, or sending them outside just as they are ready to deliver. We won’t talk much about them, but the attitudes and poor behavior of health care professionals that the women of our community have suffered under are appalling. For today, our story focuses on Jackson’s mother. She began having difficulties immediately after giving birth, the clinic called for an ambulance to come from our district hospital, but it took more than 4 hours for the ambulance to arrive. Doctors didn’t inform the family, but Jackson’s mother was already dead by the time the ambulance arrived.

Aida, Lizzy and Jachai’s stories are similar. Too little care, not enough knowledge, complications without a resolution, distances that are too far to cover quickly in an emergency, poor attitudes and unprofessional behavior from healthcare providers, these are just some of the reasons we will be building Grace Community Health Center and opening our doors to care for expectant mothers. We’ll be providing a a place for training, for professional, courteous care and access to quick emergency services. We love our orphan babies, but honestly, an orphanage is NOT the best place for these precious little ones. They need to be raised in a family, surrounded by their mom, dad, siblings, grandparents and community.

We are so excited to be done with Phase One! Please help us take the first steps of Phase Two today!

Posted on December 13, 2018 .

Starting Phase Two

We’ve been counting down in preparation for registering Grace Clinic. It’s been a HUGE undertaking, but we’ve been working and rejoicing that finally we are seeing progress and have great HOPE that our doors will soon be open.

We’ve prepared a video to help explain our process. We started with Phase One which was preparation to open Grace Clinic. Grace Clinic will function like a doctor’s office. Our next step will be Phase Two which we be preparation to register Grace Community Health Center. At the Health Center, we’ll be able to provide Pre-natal care for expectant mothers as well as provide labor and delivery care.

Please take a few minutes to watch our video and prayerfully consider how God may lead you to help us finish Phase Two!

Posted on December 13, 2018 .

Merry Christmas from our GC Kids!

There’s no better way to start the Holiday season than to put on a Santa hat and dance to some Christmas music! Here are the Grace Center kids dancing and hamming it up in front of the camera bringing a little Christmas Cheer from our house to yours!

Posted on December 4, 2018 .

7th Grace Field Trip to Lilongwe

The 7th grade students of Grace Primary School had a field trip to Lilongwe on Thursday, November 29th. They visited the Parliament building to hear about how laws are made, they visited the Nature Sanctuary to see animals and learn about forestry and conservation, then the wrapped up their trip with a visit to the National soccer stadium.

Posted on December 4, 2018 .