Heart of Hearts

31 Oct 2011   |   Blog   |   Long-term Development

Tags:  Bangladesh, Women and development   |   No comments

Students from Teangi house, Santa Sabina College, with their quilts. Photo credit: Caritas

Thanks to Lynn Long and the students from Teangi house, Santa Sabina College, for raising $450 for the Caritas Safe Motherhood Program!

With this support from Santa Sabina, as part of their Social Justice Outreach, the students are helping to ensure women have access to education, health services and livelihood opportunities.

In Bangladesh, maternal and infant mortality rates are tragically high. Up to 85% of Bangladeshi women will give birth at home without the assistance of a trained birthing attendant, and few have the knowledge to ensure the protection of their own health or the health of their child.

In partnership with Caritas Bangladesh, Caritas Australia is supporting the Safe Motherhood Program for women in the Pallabi, Mirpur District of Dhaka. The program aims to reduce infant and maternal mortality through adequate health care, education and community advocacy. So far, it has been life-changing for more than 5,000 women and infants.

In addition, the students, who became emotionally committed to the cause, wanted to give something of themselves. With their 2011 pastoral theme ‘Head, heart, hands: better together’ as in ideal, each student stitched a small square to represent love and home. The squares were then stitched together to make four cot quilts, for Sudanese Community Centre - St. Bakhita Centre, Flemington.

Thanks to ongoing support from schools and communities, Caritas Australia will continue to support life-changing community development for women, children and their families around the world.

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