There are more ways than you think to support Safer Birth in Chad (SBIC), from fundraising, to donations of computer and website expertise, translation, and medical help.
Supporters have shown huge fundraising generosity and inventiveness, taking part in and organising sponsored swims, raffles, concerts, walks, fun runs, parties – even a speed dating event,and, most recently, a fundraiser for us at a 40th birthday party in 2013. We depend entirely on such gifts and on regular standing orders from supporters.
Our current targets are more reliable lighting for the Chagua hospital, and continuing the support we give to Chadian midwives. We would like to pay for solar panels to improve visibility in the Chagoua hospital. And, as ever, we hope to raise enough to cover the costs of 2 volunteer midwives and a translator to make another facilitating visit to Chad in February-March 2013 – about £5,500.
Other ways to help
Donating expertise is also extremely helpful. People have approached us with a wide range of such offers, from translating (French and Arabic are especially useful), through helping with solar initiatives for maternity hospitals, sourcing laptop computers– which can be invaluable in Chad hospitals–through to advice related to computing, or to the best training methods, communication ideas and so on for a country like Chad.
So, don’t feel that you have to be a midwife in order to help. Do please contact us if you think you can usefully get involved in any way, or you could make a donation right now. Please make sure you declare if you’re eligible for Gift Aid. It makes quite a difference to our finances.