Following God's leading often takes you to places you never thought you'd "go"...
Working with the mothers in the Maternity, Neonatal, and Pediatric wards at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital, we started noticing a common problem... Many (if not most) of the children we encountered in our tent were not wearing diapers. As you can imagine, that often leads to potential health and hygiene concerns. We spend a great deal of time teaching about germs, germ prevention, and the importance of good sanitation and hygiene in a healthcare environment. Children without diapers is a huge problem!
As we started to dig into the situation, we learned about some of the real problems that mothers in Uganda face. Disposable diapers (or pampers as they're called), have taken over the diaper market in Uganda. But, unfortunately, they are expensive! One disposable diaper costs about 1000 Uganda Shillings, which is about 20% of the daily income of the average Ugandan mother in the Kabale region. 20%! So as a mother struggling to pay for food, education, healthcare, etc., diapers often end up on the bottom of the priority list (rather than on the baby). Mothers desperate to care for their child sometimes even resort to trying to wash out and reuse disposables which is ineffective and unsafe. Additionally, these pampers are frequently improperly disposed of - ending up in waterways or on the side of the road. The impact on health and the environment is disastrous.
Enter Kijani Baby! Good Gaali has partnered with Kijani Baby, a local Ugandan business, to supply the neediest of mothers with a complete set of quality reusable cloth diapers. Kijani diapers consist of a leak-proof outer shell and an absorbent bamboo liner that can be washed and reused over and over. They are adjustable in size and will last from birth through potty training saving the family thousands and improving the health of the baby and the entire family. And, every Kijani reusable cloth diaper prevents hundreds of disposables from ending up littering the villages and roadways of Uganda. They are hand made in Kampala by Ugandan mothers who received a fair wage and work in good working conditions. These diapers are a win-win-win!
You can go "Diaper Active" and help a struggling Ugandan mother by providing a complete set of Kijani Baby cloth diapers for a mother and her baby.
A one time gift of $30 provides 2 Outer Shells and 5 inner bamboo "soakers" - enough to last a baby from birth through potty training.
Or, become a "Waistband Warrior" by making a recurring $30 monthly gift to bless a new mother each month!
Click on the "Our Partners" tab above to learn more about Kijani Baby.
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