Creating Spaces in Nagpur

31 Million.  According to UNICEF, this number represents the number of orphaned children living in India—21% of the estimated 147 million orphans worldwide. We have provided housing for hundreds of children in Kerala, Himachal Pradesh and Nagpur through our partnership with Reaching Indians Ministries International (RIMI), but these statistics support our belief that much more needs to be done.

While we are saddened that circumstances deem it necessary, we are excited for the opportunity to expand our orphan care program in Nagpur, India, and welcome more children into our family there.  Under the leadership of Reverend Saji Lukos, RIMI and 100X support and educate more than 100 orphans and vulnerable children in Nagpur; however, we want to reach more.  So, we are expanding!  We have recently begun construction on a second floor addition that will provide additional room for staff and children.  We never want to be in the position that we cannot accept one more.

Read more about our partnership with RIMI, and join us in our work to reach the orphans of India.


Human Trafficking…Children at Risk

In Moldova, orphans age out of the system at 16.  With nowhere to turn, they often end up living on the streets.  The perfect victim for a greedy trafficker. Offering a “solution” to their circumstance, traffickers recruit these young women (and men) to work in an entry level job, often in a different country. For many, this is the most exciting thing that has happened to them. As orphans, they have no one to ask for advice, no one to warn them of the dangers. They happily accept the position and begin their journey. Unfortunately, this journey is not the hopeful new beginning that they had imagined. Instead many are forced into prostitution, required to service as many as 40 men a day. Others are forced to work in construction or on farms with little to no compensation. They are beaten and enslaved.

According to the 2011 Trafficking in Persons Report, issued by the U.S. Department of State, Moldova is primarily a “source” country for human trafficking.

Moldavian women are subjected to forced prostitution in Turkey, Russia, Cyprus, Bulgaria, the UAE, Kosovo, Israel, Indonesia, Malaysia, Lebanon, Italy, Greece, Ukraine, Czech Republic, and Romania. Men, women, and children are subjected to conditions of forced labor in Russia, Ukraine, Turkey, UAE, Israel, and Greece in the construction, agriculture, and service sectors.

This report corroborates what we already know–that orphans are a population “highly vulnerable to human trafficking.” To protect them, prevention must be a top priority.  In collaboration with Stella’s Voice, we are working to protect these young men and women by providing a safe place for them to go when they are required to leave the orphanage.  We not only provide shelter, but education and a sense of community.  For the abandoned and abused, it is a place to remind them that they have a hope and a future.  Join us.

International Confederation of Midwives-Triennial Congress

Dana Blanchard, 100X Director of Operations for Malawi, attended the 29th Triennial Congress of the International Confederation of Midwives in Durban South Africa on June 19-23.  She joined more than 3,000 midwives and leaders in maternal health from over 100 countries to advocate for the role of midwives in reducing maternal and newborn mortality.  The Congress provided an excellent platform for conference participants to share best practices and ideas for tackling this important issue.

The Congress also served as the official release of the State of the World’s Midwifery report issued by UNFPA.  The report delineates gaps in maternal healthcare and the shortage of midwives across the globe.  The country profile for Malawi reveals that:

  • There are 3,000 maternal deaths each year
  • The lifetime risk of maternal death is 1 in 36
  • There are 278 birth complications each day
  • There are 4 midwives for every 1,000 live births

With increased access to healthcare, these deaths are preventable. Dana and the 100X team are working with our partners at the Auburn University Schools of Nursing to establish a training program for midwives and community healthcare workers.  More about this program is available on our website.

100X Development presenting at the United Nations

The 100X Development Foundation will present at the InfoPoverty World Conference this week at the United Nations.  Co-Founder, Lindy Blanchard will discuss ways that 100X is helping to leverage maternal health and orphans and vulnerable children’s issues in Malawi with technology informed approaches.  100X Initiatives include an innovative maternal health approach that both educates and connects villages in Malawi with maternal health information and tools as well as ongoing efforts to strengthen and nourish children in Malawi that are orphans.  Nearly 1 million orphans have been left in this African nation by poverty and HIV/AIDS and more than 800 women per 100,000 will die in child birth.

100X Meets with First Lady Callista Mutharika of Malawi

On Wednesday, December 8, the 100X team met with Her Excellency the First Lady of Malawi to discuss our current projects in Malawi and to collaborate on a maternal health program.  Mrs. Mutharika is a strong advocate for maternal health programming in Malawi, and 100X is looking forward to working with her on this important project.

Right now, 1 in 18 women in Malawi will die during their lifetime due to complications and lack of medical care during pregnancy and delivery. For every 100,000 births that occur in Malawi this year, more than 800 mothers will die during delivery or shortly after because of complications.  These deaths are preventable.

100X is working with Mrs. Mutharika and others to develop a program that will provide training and nutrition to pregnant mothers, and then strengthen the capacity of midwives and community healthcare workers to respond to the needs of mothers in areas where obstetric care is systematically lacking.