GFWC Clubs Support INMED
Holden Beach Selects INMED for International Cause
The GFWC-Holden Beach International Outreach committee selected INMED as our focus in 2012. We had two goals to accomplish: 1) make the club members aware of the needs of the children in Brazil, and 2) determining what the club members can do to raise funds to help the children in Brazil get nutrition and education through growing and cooking their own home grown vegetables.
After the committee researched the project the decision was taken to host a Brazilian dinner and jewelry show, with profits from the sale to be donated to INMED. Brazilian cuisine was researched and a chef was selected with help from a club member’s talents. A table for SILPADA Jewelry was set up with 130 pieces for sale or to order from a catalog. All profit from the sale of the jewelry was donated to INMED from the representative, a GFWC club member.
The committee expected approximately $500 would go to INMED. Instead, we sold 62 tickets and made a contribution of $1260 to INMED through our dinner ticket sales and jewelry sale efforts.The international committee also did a skit that was educational about INMED, what the needs of the Brazilian children are and how the result of INMED’s help for the children growing their vegetables affected the children.
Another reason we chose INMED was the small administration fees that were used from donated funds. Meaning a vast majority went to the cause. Also the national GFWC is supporting this program and GFWC-HB wanted to be part of making club members aware of this international issue.
International Outreach Chair
AFWC Holds Bunco Lunch for INMED
The Third District Clubwomen of The Alabama Federation of Women's Clubs joined together at State Headquarters in Birmingham, Alabama to enjoy a fundraiser for our GFWC International Outreach partner, INMED Partnerships for Children!
The Club Women and their guests enjoyed a morning of playing Bunco under the supervision of Former District Director, Shirley Misenheimer, followed by a delicious luncheon! Polly Neill, AFWC International Outreach Chair then used white elephant items contributed by the ladies present and conducted an auction for INMED, raising in a most delightful way, $340!
International Outreach Chair
Dominion Woman's Club Funds First Maternity Waiting Homes in Amazon Jungle Region
In 2009, the Dominion Woman’s Club (DWC) in Virginia generously donated the funding to establish the first maternity waiting home (casa de espera) near the health post in the Amazon jungle village of Monte de los Olivos, in the Ucayali region of Peru. In 2011, the DWC provided additional funding to open another casa in the Ucayali community of Atalaya.
These casas have since hosted dozens of indigenous pregnant women and their families, and their staff and volunteers have successfully handled a number of high-risk deliveries—even saving lives. For example, Mariluz, who lives deep in the jungle, had a history of miscarriages, but thanks to education provided through INMED, she had an uncomplicated birth at the health post, utilizing practices that respected her tradition and culture, and spent two days recovering with her family at the casa.
Plaques acknowledging the DWC’s funding and support are prominently placed at the entrances to both casas.