First I want to say we had a wonderful trip Kansas but it seems as if it were a dream.   The bonus is I have things like chocolate chips and maple syrup in my cabinets and an amazing amount of gifts to start the Mommy Project.  My goal for this year is to have a gift for 300 mothers.  Here is an update of where everything is at as the year gets started.  The items that were donated are all packed up and will be shipping down the first week of February to arrive the first part of March.   THANK YOU to all the friends who helped, I look forward to getting the gifts together to bless the first mommies!
  • 300 soft and cuddly stuffed animal that will have a new loving child to hold them
  • 169 blankets and another 60 or so that have been made and are being sent to Kansas.  That leaves only 71 more that are needed for the year
  • I already have 501 hand knitted hats here in Honduras
  • I have starter sets of cloth diapers for 7 babies.  The cost to purchase the diapers for one baby is $10 for 12 flats and 2 sets of pins.   I have had donation to buy enough for 18 more babies for a total of 25
  • I have had the rings for the slings donated and I have bought the fabric for the first 8.  I am going to have 4 different woman each made 2 this week to find someone I can work with long term to have the 300 made this year.  The project cost for each sling is $12 each for fabric and labor.  I have received donation for cover the first 25 slings.

We also had an awesome response from The Rock of KC youth group to our request for teen girl clothes to bless Gisselle and Mirian as well as serveral other girls here who needed the clothing.  We brought the clothes down for Mirian and Gisselle in our luggage....they both had no words, only huge smilies as the opened package upon package of clothes....these girls could not believe the amount of clothes they received and felt they were good for the whole year in one day!  We still have several boxes in the shipment coming down to we can continue to bless several other girls. 

We are still in need of some funding to cover the shipping all the great donated goods for the Mommy project, the teen girl clothes and other donated goods for the work here in Honduras.

Sorry I have no pictures to post today...our camera is several hours away, I left it behind at a friend's house and it is really hard to be without it!  I promise to post as soon at I get it back :)






 
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I also need a contact a person who is willing to receive future donations in either the Dallas or the Houston area.  The shipping company has offices in those two cities.  The cost to ship them is a $1 a pound to my doorstep!  This find has been a huge help in the planning of making this project come to life.

I am so excited as many of you have already sent things to my mother-in-law's house after I shared my vision. 

The knit hats were a total unexpected blessing and bonus to the project.  I have wanted to just walk around and pass them out to every baby I see, they are just so cute!

I also added a stuffed animal to the gifts.  They are just not available here and every child should have a baby to cuddle.  I am really thinking that a beanie baby is the perfect size.  And I know some of  you have hundreds stuffed in boxes in closets and attics.  But really any baby friendly clean and cuddly stuffed animal or dolls would be a wonderful gift.


 
I love baby bellies.  I love being around mommies who are getting excited for labor, because they want to meet their babies.  I love babies.  I was unsure what to expect as I visited the maternal house yesterday, but I had been looking forward to it for the past few weeks.  I was able to spent about an hour yesterday afternoon at the house. 

The walls are painted cheery colors and the space feels open and breezy.
They are working at growing some fruit trees out front and they had recently planted a few flowers.
The director really enjoys her job and prays constantly for the woman that use the home.
There were 26 pregnant mommies using the house yesterday.  The average is about 45 using the house a month.  The number in the past 18 months has been as high as 57 per their log book. 
These woman come down from the different mountain towns.  Most woman are there for several weeks, some as long as 2 months.  They come down so that they can receive medical care during the last weeks of pregnancy.
A local church provides a salary for the director and the cost of food for the mothers while at the house.

The mood there is not full of excitement and expectancy.  It is bordem and sadness.  A few of the woman smiled, but most just sat in chairs with no expression at all.  It was actually overwhelmingly sad for me to be there.  Even now as I type it is hard to put into words. 

They beds are well used and the sheets are torn and dirty.  There are about 24 beds...so if you are doing the numbers, most woman do have to share with other expecting woman. 
There are quite a few young moms, as young as 12.  They have left their families, towns and everything to come and wait with others, mostly strangers.

The director said I can come over anytime I want to just spend time with the moms.  She has said in the past other North Americans had passed through.  Some had even taught exercise classes :)  Any of my creative friends, I would love suggestions on what to do with the moms.   I am thinking crafts and cookies for my first time going over to hang out.

As for the gifts.  I am compiling prices fof flats and covers.  I am going to be talking with a sewing shop here in town about making the slings if I provide the rings and fabric.  I would really love all you that want to help to start compiling receiveing blankets and cloth bags that are not being used your house.  I would like these to be upcycled or made from fabric already in your homes.  I am putting together a presentation with  all the pictures and details of the project and will be releasing it next month to share.