We are now down to the last few weeks of our fundraising campaign in partnership with One Day's Wages and we'd like to give a quick update on our progress. We are 40% of the way to reaching our goal of $15,000, which will be matched by One Day's Wages dollar for dollar for a total grant of $30,000. These were from eight donors who come from different sides of the world. A massive thank you for your incredible support to Mother's Heart. Your donations ensure that we can continue helping vulnerable women and girls in crisis pregnancies in Battambang province.

You still have time to get your donations matched— but don't delay. Our fundraising campaign will end on the 18th of June. Give these women and young girls and their newborns a chance at life by providing them with quality health care, stable housing, nutritious food, vocational training, and job placements that will take them to the path of a better future. Will you help us reach our goal? Visit { Mother's Heart's campaign page } at One Day's Wages site for more information or to donate. Thanks again to our generous donors. We are immensely grateful.

The global battle against COVID-19 has raged for over a year now and is showing no signs of abating. In the light of this, we would like to share an update on the current COVID-19 situation in the country and how it is continuing to impact our work on the ground.

*** Cambodia was nearly COVID-free until an incident on February 20th caused the numbers of positive cases to sharply and rapidly increase. From a national total of around 380 mostly imported cases and no deaths, Cambodia now, May 5, has a total of 16,971 cases, 110 recorded deaths, and a daily increase in recorded Covid-19 infections numbering in the many hundreds.

Due to this alarming situation, Phnom Penh and the satellite city of Takhmau have been placed under lockdown, and, five districts of Phnom Penh have been placed under a ‘red zone’ category where there is a severe outbreak. In a red zone, citizens’ movement is fully prohibited except for medical emergencies; the government provides red zone residents with a minimal level of alimentary supplies at lower than market rates.


The rest of the population are categorised either in the orange (moderate risk of COVID-19 in the community) or yellow zones (low risk of infection). The red and orange zones remain under lockdown measures while those in the yellow zones will no longer be under lockdown, but strict administrative measures are in full effect. Despite this, the government is still struggling to contain the spread of the virus as well as to keep the population protected.

The health and safety of our staff and beneficiaries is our top priority in the face of the current COVID-19 situation. While our Battambang office is open, the staff there are working with strict safety measures and protocols in place, our office in Phnom Penh has been temporarily closed with all staff working from home since last month; our day care is also closed. All face to face interactions with beneficiaries have been temporarily suspended.

The four residents and their babies in the women’s home have been prohibited from any activities outside the shelter and are being monitored by our team regularly. At the moment, we have 19 beneficiaries who are in critical need of support with many of them living in one of the red zone areas and thus having no access to work and food. Travelling is restricted, so delivering food support has been very challenging despite our staff having the necessary permits to travel. Given the difficulties in delivering our supplies, and with the city-wide lockdown still being in effect with more districts added to the red zone list, we are looking into cash transfers instead of food deliveries.

On-going communication amongst staff and monitoring of beneficiaries is done via mobile phones and internet apps. Our only guaranteed route through locked-down areas and into red zones is via telecommunications, so we propose to temporarily shift the focus of our support efforts into transferring money through banking and cash-transfer apps. Our beneficiaries will be able to secure provisions for themselves from governmental food-trucks assigned to their red zone locality without anyone breaking any lockdown restrictions. We are opening the following donation channels for donations to our COVID-19 campaign:

For tax deductible-donations from Australian donors:

ACCIR

https://donate.accir.org.au/form-4302378/R066



For tax-deductible donations from the UK and the USA:


GlobalGiving:

https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/safe-maternal-care-for-crisis-pregnanciecambodia/



And for our donors inside Cambodia:

ABA Account

Name of Account: Mother’s Heart Organization

ABA Account No. 002650659


Once again, we are grateful to you, our donors, supporters, and friends; your continuing contributions have helped us deal with the impact of this crisis.


Today is the World Health Day celebration and Mother's Heart joins the call and action for eliminating global health inequalities. With this year's theme, "Building a fairer, healthier world.", we hope that we all find and consider practical ways we can help every one in our communities to have access to good health.


Here are some little ways that we think we all can do to ensure good health and well being in the community, especially during this difficult time of the COVID-19 pandemic:

  • Wear a mask. Stay home. Stay safe.

  • Share accurate information about the COVID-19 vaccine, where you can register and schedule appointments in your area, and why your family, friends, and neighbours should get it.

  • Support local organisations and and charity groups, like Mother's Heart, that provide access to health care and services to vulnerable people, especially during this time of pandemic. Many local organisations have been impacted by the pandemic and have affected their ability to continue their work.

Mother's Heart is currently in partnership with One Day's Wages to provide quality maternal and infant health care, amongst many others, to vulnerable women in crisis pregnancies in Cambodia. Up to June 18th, we are hoping to raise at least $15,000 for our Crisis Pregnancy Support Program in Battambang province which will be matched dollar for dollar by One Day's Wages. Imagine how many women can we support together? Can we count on you? Find out how our Crisis Pregnancy Support Program is different from other programs and how you can help us transform vulnerability into independence and stability, one healthy mother at a time. Head over to Mother's Heart and One Day's Wages campaign page.


Should you have questions or any other concerns about our program and sending donations, please leave us a comment or send us an email to communications@mothersheartcambodia.org.


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