We’re so excited about what happened for Saving Moses in 2017! We saw some really amazing doors open for us. With some significant focus and hefty work, we paved the way to open NightCare in a brand-new country- Bangladesh! This has been massively exciting and super challenging. After some sturdy research, lots of trips and emails, NightCare is ready to open January 4, 2018.
Additionally, we opened our fifth NightCare center in Cambodia. In Angola, we continued our maternal feeding program which continues to decrease the early withdrawal rate and save more babies. Finally, despite the increase of violence, we provided services for safe births in Afghanistan and saw several precious new lives enter the world in 2017.
As we look forward to 2018, we see even more opportunities on the near horizon, and we’re eager to step into new places to save more babies.
We wouldn’t be able to maintain nor expand caring for and saving babies without our donors who faithfully see each baby as an important gift from God. So, we want to say a big THANK YOU! You are saving and protecting babies and toddlers where help is most needed but least available.
LIFE WITHOUT NIGHTCARE
In early 2017, we traveled to Bangladesh. We visited sex worker communities and talked to them about their babies and toddlers. We asked what happened to their children while they worked.
Here is what we heard:
“My child stays with me while I work. Sometimes she wakes up.”
Most mothers will keep their babies with them in their small, one-room homes while they work, entertaining clients. Several mothers reported that their children had been sexually abused at the hands of their clients.
“He walks alone in the brothel at night. I find him watching women dance.”
Young toddlers will leave their home and wander around by themselves at night in the brothel.
“Outside (the house) a lot of bad things happen to children.”
Several mothers stated that their children have been abused, and they are unable to properly care for their children while they are working.
“I tie a rope around my son, so I don’t lose him.”
Mothers who work as sex workers on the streets will tie twine to their toddlers to
keep them from being abducted or lost. Several mothers shared that they had already lost children on the streets while they were working.
Opening a new program in a new country requires a lot of work and preparation. We have spent the greater part of 2017 preparing to open NightCare in Bangladesh.
HERE IS WHAT WE HAVE BEEN UP TO:
After all that hard work, we are excited to announce that the first NightCare Center
opened on January 4, 2018 in Bangladesh!
Identifying the location:
We found an area that is perfectly positioned for mothers to bring their babies and toddlers. It is close
enough to where the mothers live but far enough to provide a haven away from the sex industry.
Hiring and training staff:
After hiring the managers and nannies, our trainer got to work—covering everything from our Child
Protection Policy to diaper changing.
Resourcing the center:
What’s on the shopping list for a NightCare Center?
• Plenty of new toys to encourage play and fun
• Milk and food to provide the proper age appropriate nutrition
• A generator to keep the center up and running
• Comfy mattresses and blankets for a sweet night’s rest
Spreading the word:
Our community liaisons went into the brothel, talked with mothers and invited them to NightCare. Several are planning to bring their babies and toddlers to NightCare!
After all that hard work, we are excited to announce that the first NightCare Center opened on January 4, 2018 in Bangladesh!
NEW CENTER OPENS IN CAMBODIA
In 2017 we opened our fifth NightCare Center in Phnom Penh in a new neighborhood. This neighborhood is surrounded by karaoke bars, beer gardens, and massage parlors– all of which are fronts for brothels. The new center opened its doors in April and continues to reach more and more vulnerable babies and toddlers every month.
Soriya was one of the first babies to attend the new center. Without NightCare, she would sleep in the brothel while her mother worked. Left unattended, she was vulnerable to strangers and injury. Now, she sleeps safely at night in her own crib at the NightCare center.
Photo disclaimer: Representation of actual baby. Identity concealed to protect the innocent.
When we speak with the mothers at the clinic they tell us their dreams for their children. “I want my son to be a teacher.”
“I want my daughter to be a doctor.” Without help, their babies won’t live to see these dreams realized.
Every day we fight to save these precious little lives to ensure that they have a future.
In 2017,82% of babies and toddlers who made it to one of our six clinics were cured from SAM. That’s a total of 2,910 babies! That is XXX children who can now become a teacher, doctor, or whatever is in their heart.
BIRTH AND INFANT AID: AFGHANISTAN
We work with rural clinics to holistically address the highest infant mortality rate in the world by providing skilled midwives, postnatal vaccinations, and teaching birth life-saving skills.
In 2017, Afghanistan experienced a sharp increase in violence and instability. In times of conflict, babies and toddlers are often the ones who suffer the most. One of the clinics we support was shut down due to regional violence and instability.
Despite this setback, Saving Moses was able to support the healthy births of 238 new babies, continue birth education efforts, and provide vaccinations to ward off preventable diseases.
We work in some of the most dangerous areas of the world to save the lives of desperate babies and toddlers.
Saving Moses responded to the Rohingya refugee crisis after violence in Myanmar caused a mass exodus of the minority ethnic group.
Over 800,000 Rohingya, mostly women and children, crossed the Bangladesh border to escape impending genocide.
In November, Sarah visited the refugee camp where babies and toddlers were at high risk to malnutrition. We worked with a Bangladesh partner to provide nutritional support for 4,000 babies and toddlers until their situation stabilized.
We are a diverse group, working together to save babies
where help is most needed but least available.
Ensures financial and missional integrity and adherence
PASSIONATE HEADQUARTER STAFF
Oversees day-to day-operations
FOREIGN PARTNERS AND TEAM MEMBERS
Saves, loves, and protects babies every day
Assists with research, blogging, and special projects
Provides video, photos, web assistance, and graphic design
You are a vital part of saving babies every day!
We have a burning desire to save more babies, work in more countries, and start more programs. While we celebrate each little life that was protected or saved in 2017, we approach 2018 with a new passion to “rescue those being led away to death and hold back those staggering toward slaughter” (Proverbs 24:11). Our work is not over until every baby in the world’s most vulnerable areas is protected or saved.
A recent report states that if current trends continue 60 million children under age 5 will die between 2017 and 2030 with 46% perishing during the neonatal period. That means that 27.6 million babies won’t make it past their first month of life! More than half of these deaths will occur in Sub Saharan Africa.1
In addition, thousands of babies are at risk to the sex industry in Bangladesh. We plan to open NightCare in Dhaka, one of the world’s most densely populated cities, where babies and toddlers are regularly abducted and exploited at the hand of the sex industry.
We are prepared to forge new partnerships, travel to new lands and do whatever it takes to do our part in rescuing and saving these precious lives. Thank you for joining us on this adventure in loving, rescuing, and saving the least of these.
1 “Levels and Trends in Child Mortality: Report 2017” produced by Unicef