February 22, 2014

We are all OneMama on this OneMother Earth! ~ Siobhan Neilland {Video}

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We are all OneMama on this OneMother Earth!

OneMama is a self-sustaining medical clinic in Africa that promotes safe birthing environments, family and financial planning, as well as trade craft and agricultural education with 100% of the proceeds going back into the communities that they serve.

As part of the model—through the skills training that our clinics provide—the charity has created an eco-chic accessory and clothing line that is uniquely hand-made by these amazing communities. The OneMama Collection spans from the popular jersey dress to tops to gorgeous earrings and hand-made accessories.

Shaboom is a mineral cosmetic line for men and women that was created to fund the non-profit OneMama.org. As the founder of both Shaboom Products and OneMama, my main goal is to promote OneMama and support our cause through this entrepreneurial venture. Portions of proceeds made from the sale of Shaboom Products are donated to fund OneMama programs.

OneMama supplies birthing kits and medical supplies, builds medical clinics, and creates a marketplace for women and their families to sell their crafts or crops. We do our work in places where people live on less than one dollar per day. One birthing kit could prevent mother-to-child HIV transmission, and support a woman giving birth with medicines and supplies administered by a Traditional Midwife, there to help.

OneMama’s goal is to build 250 clinics around the world that will build and support health and birthing clinics in places that do not have access to health services. The charity supports local Traditional Midwives to deliver culturally appropriate care that is augmented by the best medical tests, treatments and interventions.

The OneMama Model

OneMama has developed a unique model for services that can be replicated in the hardest-to-reach communities around the world. Because we honor traditional forms of health care by supporting Traditional Midwives, we gain entry into communities that would not trust western medical techniques.

We are able to bring in medical interventions that work to save mothers and infant’s lives, protecting women through childbirth, reducing pain and the birth injuries, prevent HIV transmission from mother to baby, support malaria testing and treatment and providing health education and services to the entire family.

Our healthcare services work in conjunction with our economic development programs, which supply families with goods needed to create crafts or crops to sell on our international and local marketplaces—so that eventually clinic members can support their own local, rural clinics.

We have created a sustainable model for health care that can be replicated and become sustainable within five to 10 years.

Care for the children of the earth, as if each were our only child.


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