My name is Nadhifa! A mother of three beautiful babies. Two girls and a boy. Before arrival of my last born girl my husband lost his job his contract ended. And we knew we had to trim down our expenses so that we could survive with one income for a while. But then there was an issue of getting the nursery ready for the new coming baby, my third baby girl. Since we decided this was our last born and the one salary budget was tight, we decided that we will use hand down things for one new born since we couldn't afford new ones, so we asked our friends and family to donate baby things which they were not using anymore. To our amazement we couldn't get anything. Most of our friends either sold their unused things or gave away theirs, which is what I did with mine after a year birthday of my boy thinking he was the last born. Then a pregnancy surprised us. And believe me, I myself with a good job, a great educatiocation background from an Ivy league School, a great scholarship in the United States of America never thought I would be asking for donation for my own family so even asking for the baby used things was really low for me and then not getting them put me in very depressed position.
So it got me thinking! There are many people out there, especially in my Country in Tanzania who were in the same puddle as me. Feeling shame to ask for hand down while in reality we could not afford the baby things, which trust me they a very expensive. I went online and found answers that a lot of things are donated in Developing countries but don't have ways of getting to really people in need. I mean I saw almost new baby cribbs being thrown out (just because they dont need them anymore) only to be collected by garbage trucks in US. I saw almost new baby clothes being donated in UAE and dont have destination to take them only to end up being thrown again. Then I searched again and found OMO campaign which collect the cloth but cannot ship them out. I thought maybe I can fundraise and pay for the shipment of those things and then donate them to sick children just to help families who spend so much money in treatment of their sick children and barely have enough money to put food on the table rather alone buy a baby crib for their sick child.
Now most of us know! we can have jobs and look good on paper and yet not being able to afford basic needs! Just one fault or tripping ( It might be a long time terminal ill sick child, partner losing a job etc) your life comes tumbling down. I saw a family killed themselves after their child being ill for a long time and cleared all their accounts and still had huge moutains hospital bills
Please lets all join together and help these families, of whom they have spent so much money for treatment for their terminal ill babies and can afford even the basic needs for their babies. You can even donate things but as well we have to find a way of shipping them.
Thank you all