This initiative has been running for 3 years and was founded by an English doctor who previously volunteered at the hospital. One of our graduated FAWNS groups learned how to weave Moses baskets for babies to sleep in, made form locally sourced cane. These are bought and filled with baby and mother needs including a mattress, soap, nappies, clothes, toys, bras, pants, sanitary pads. They are prepared and delivered by volunteers to the maternity unit at Nkhata Bay hospital once a month. The baskets provide a safe place for infants to sleep preventing harm from mothers accidentally rolling onto the babies during sleep.
This project would suit anyone and is already fully funded. The volunteer would only need to commit to two days shopping for some items, cutting the foam for mattresses, sorting and packing the donated clothes, toys and soaps and then making the delivery to the hospital. The contents of the basket is fully listed at butterfly.
There is a requirement that on delivery of the baskets the volunteers read a prepared script to the new mother. It would be advisable to be acquainted of this before arrival at the hospital and arranged with a nurse that you are coming for them to translate. Contacts are available.