One thing that struck me when coming to Haiti, was that the mothers did not carry their babies in any form of sling or wrap or back pack. They came to see us carrying their babies flat in their arms with great difficulty. I asked many people why no one carried their babies with fabric and no one knew why. I also noticed all the problems with breastfeeding, respiratory problems and dust pollution.
Many of these things led to serious health problems for the babies and help to account for the high under five death rate.
I also noticed the many mothers who had no food and needed small ways to earn money.
In this way, I decided to help mothers with no income, make baby slings to give to our new mothers. I am very excited to try this out this week and see how the mother's enjoy using them. It was thrilling to watch the women using the pedal sewing machine and to meet a woman who is willing to embroider our slings.
I am hoping that the pedal sewing machine can lead to other sewing ventures such as cloth diapers and cloth sanitary pads and that, in this small way, we can help mothers to feed their children.
I love this brand new Singer, pedal sewing machine as well as the hope that it has given women in our community.