Wanderlustress

Life in Laos through the lens of a diplomatic wife raising twin toddlers.

Cleanbirth.org Morning Tea in Vientiane

Remember my post back in January to help raise money for Cleanbirth.org? Well since then, I have been volunteering as the organization’s Vientiane liaison and consultant. In this role, I have been networking, grant writing, and organizing events for their cause. To date, we’ve not only won a $2,000 grant from the J. Kirby Simon Foreign Service Trust but we have also begun galvanizing support from the expat community in Vientiane.

Last Saturday, we held a morning tea to meet with the founder of Cleanbirth.org and it was a big success. It was well attended with engaging discussions and we are still seeing donations come in through the event. The wonderful community of friends here offered to help in every way, from our fabulous hostess from 44andafourth who cleverly designed the invitation, used her extensive network to distribute them, and graciously welcomed us into her beautiful home, to everyone who brought delicious food, took photographs, and bought flowers. I couldn’t have done it without them. It really warms my heart to know what good friends we have and how caring and generous they are. It is exactly this type of community that I hope to always find at each post as we move from country to country.

A condensed version of the invitation.

A condensed version of the invitation.

The US Ambassador to Vientiane came to show her support.

The US Ambassador to Vientiane came to show her support.

Kristyn and I showing everyone parts of the clean birth kit.

Kristyn and I showing everyone parts of the clean birth kit.

A shot of embassy community support with the Ambassador got featured on the embassy facebook page!

A shot of embassy community support with the Ambassador got featured on the embassy facebook page!

And while I’m not traveling with Kristyn this week to Saravan to train more nurses and make programmatic plans for the future, I’ve been following her journey via Cleanbirth.org’s facebook page. I can’t wait to hear more about her trip!

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2 comments on “Cleanbirth.org Morning Tea in Vientiane

  1. healingpilgrim
    June 29, 2013

    Really admire the work you are doing in Laos.

    You might be interested in learning about Bumi Sehat clinic, here in Ubud, Bali. Alot of good work being done by midwives, acupuncturists, naturopaths, for Balinese women (pregnant, new moms and otherwise; all for free or by donation,

    Many blessings to you for further support and ongoing success!

  2. thirdeyemom
    June 27, 2013

    Simply fabulous work!!! So wonderful that you two met through WMB and are working together to save lives!!!

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