Welcome to my fundraising page! My name is Lara and I am a midwife.
I know what you're thinking - wow that's an awesome job! Yup, I agree. But what's not so awesome is the amount of places in the world which don't have a midwife, where women are forced to give birth without proper care in the back of their carts on the way to work in a rice field, just because there is nobody in their village who is trained to deliver babies. This is a true case which I came across while volunteering in Thailand from January to May 2016. This was my first volunteering experience and it created a passion within me to keep going because I saw the benefits my work created and I felt so happy just doing it.
Following that I spent 3 months volunteering in Greece with Adventist Help. They provide primary and emergency medical care in a refugee camp in Oinofyta. There I was the midwife for the camp but I also looked after general women's health and wellbeing, organising contraception, etc. I learned so much about general medicine too, and met very inspiring fellow volunteers.
However (there's always a catch!), volunteering means that sometimes you can experience financial struggles. The purpose of this page is to enable wonderful people like you to throw in a pound, dollar, euro or anything you can spare to help me continue volunteering. The money will be used for future projects which will be in Thailand, next year. I plan to provide maternity care in a remote village in Thailand as well as Myanmar and need donations in all shapes - not just financial. If you know someone who would be willing to donate maternity equipment please get in contact. Anything left over which was not used during my time in a particular project will either be donated to the organiser or saved for the next project!
I am very excited about this next project and am eternally grateful for your help - whether financial, spiritual or just a word of advice. If you want to follow my work you can look me up on Facebook or visit my blog https://midwifearoundtheworld.blogspot.com