Ok, it’s time to take action…
Did you know that just ten hours from the Denver Metro area, up to 25% of babies are dying before they reach six months of age? And no, this death rate has nothing to do with abortion. It has everything to do with malnutrition and lack of food. And you can do something about it!
I just found out from “Babies of Juarez” that, in Juarez, Mexico, many babies wear the same diaper for four days or longer. The familes are too poor to afford new diapers, and there’s not enough water to make cloth diapers an option. According to the flyer I read,
A mom will go to the store with enough money for one diaper. The diapers are used and reused until they can no longer hold anything more, and the mom will go back to the store with just enough money to buy a new one. Our team in the clinic saw babies with horrible sores on their bottoms and the parents with no means to help them.
The even greater tragedy is that the babies are dying due to lack of food. Many mothers in the area–specifically in Kilometer 30, an area of Juarez–are too malnourished themselves to breastfeed, and their milk dries up all too quickly.
Up to twenty-five percent of the babies in Kilometer 30 don’t live longer than six months. It’s extremely common for parents to not name their babies until after six months because of the terribly high infant mortality rate. Formula is literally life itself to these people.
Reading this breaks my heart. I’m sure it breaks yours. But there is something we can do to help save these babies! Go to www.babiesofjuarez.org and click on the “Get Involved” tab.
You can collect diapers and formula and have them picked up at your house or you can drop them off at one of the organization’s hubs.
You can make a tax deductible donation…and 100% of your money goes to buy diapers and formula.
You can organize a diaper and formula drive at your business, club, school, church, VBS, neighborhood, kids’ consignment sale, AWANA group, or for your own missions trip.
And of course, you can spread the word!
Please spend some time looking around the website to find ideas of what you can do. For example, one mom wrote saying that her two children, ages 5 and 8, were going to pass flyers around their neighborhood and ask people for donations. I know that you can often find new diapers at thrift stores or formula (or formula coupons) on Craigslist. You could always email the people on Craigslist and see if they are willing to donate their formula to the cause. If you have more ideas, post them in a comment below!
How does Babies of Juarez work? Here is a little clip from the website:
I thought it might be helpful to give a quick rundown of how the ministry works. It’s delightfully simple and effective. People like you donate supplies or money to purchase supplies. There’s a hub in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, and one in Gilbert, Arizona, has recently been added. We collect and store the diapers and formula. When a team is going to the colonias for a house-building project through Missions Ministries, the supplies are loaded and sent with that team. Missions Ministries distributes the supplies to the five local pastors in their area of service down in the colonias outside Juarez. The five pastors then distribute to the families under their care. Over the years we’ve seen pastors come the very night we arrive, late in the evening, because they knew of a hungry baby who desperately needed food. It’s a life I can only imagine. And overwhelming to say the least. Since this project started in 2007 we’ve sent 23 big loads to Juarez (see babiesofjuarez.org for pictures) and as a result the infant mortality rate has dropped significantly. It’s been my life-changing privilege to gather supplies from all of you these past few years. Thank you.
You can also email or call Quinn Anderson for more info at 303-668-8221 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Together, let’s work to save these babies!!!