Can you believe it’s been a whole 8 months since Blog it for Babies, the blogger-led fundraising initiative to raise money and awareness for Save the children’s Build it for Babies appeal ?! Time flies ey?
Today I have a short guest post and vlog from Alex Bono, Save the Children’s digital fundraising manager who was at the Save the Children blogger’s conference last year and who led on digital fundraising (including getting the virtual clinic built online) for the Build it for Babies project. I thought folk might be interested to hear how the project is going ….
“In December I went to visit Baby Nirob and his family. You probably remember Nirob from our Build it for Babies campaign last year. Nirob’s Mum Shipra had already lost three other children and when my colleague Scott met Nirob he was also very ill. All she wanted was to be able to take him to a doctor. What our Build it for Babies campaigned aimed to do was to raise £1 million pounds to build 7 clinics to help Mums and babies like Nirob & Shipra.
Well, we did it! Supporters all over the country joined together to help us reach our £1 million pound target. We couldn’t have done it without brilliant support from Annie & the blogging community.
Nirob’s village will be getting the 2nd of our 7 clinics and this visit showed me just how much of a difference these clinics will make for everyone in the village.
Seeing Nirob with his mum was a really sobering experience. It was my first trip to the field and I felt torn between deep sadness about the conditions that so many mums and babies find themselves in and wonder at how the smallest things can have such a huge impact.
The remoteness and difficulty of getting any services to these communities really struck a chord with me and making the trip from Dhaka over 2 days made it come to life in a way photos never could. I also got to visit a clinic that is already built in another community where we spent a morning with the staff and got to sit in on patient visits. With such a short visit I didn’t expect to see much, but in reality we saw the future for our clinics. Clean, safe, well run places where families can get the care and advice they need. It was without a doubt one of the highlights of the trip. Seeing healthy mums and babies was really exciting and made me see how simple things can actually change people’s lives. I can’t wait for construction on our clinics to start. We really couldn’t have done it without the support of so many people, so I wanted to say a huge thank you to you from both Save the Children and on behalf of Shipra and baby Nirob.”