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Sharing the Gift of Health – this Mother’s Day and Every Day

By Casey Santiago, Founder and CEO of Kangu.org

Regina ProfileAs every mom can attest, motherhood changes you. For me, becoming a mother made me feel, for the first time, part of a global sisterhood. Though we may live very different lives, all the world’s moms share one of life’s most beautiful experiences – becoming and being a mother.

When I was in labor with my first son, I imagined myself surrounded by women around the world who were giving birth at the same time. We rode through the contractions together and comforted each other. At a certain point in my delivery, I hopped in a taxi and headed to the hospital where I safely delivered with the help of trained staff in a clean facility.

As I held my newborn in my arms, I kept thinking of the women around the world that labored at the same time as me. I knew that so many of them did not have access to a clean health facility and a trained professional like I did. I knew that had I been born elsewhere, I could have had as high as a 1 in 10 chance of not surviving a pregnancy.

Maternal mortality is nearly entirely preventable. We know what to do to save women’s lives. For around $250, we can offer all the prenatal and childbirth health services a woman needs to survive pregnancy, including transport to a facility, support after the birth and newborn immunizations.

And so Kangu was born. Kangu.org makes it possible for anyone with $10 or more to fund safe birth services for a specific pregnant Mama in Uganda and Nepal. Since launching the website last year, over 1,000 people have come together to fund over 250 safe births.

In celebration of Mother’s Day, you can donate to a Mama’s safe birth in honor of a mom in your life. We’ll email a Mother’s Day card with your message to your loved one, telling them of your gift and sharing a picture of the Mama you helped.

Kangu is a small organization with a big dream: that every pregnant Mama has a safe birth. Moms and dads around the world have come together online, to help hundreds of women like Regina, give birth safely and to make the world a smaller, safer, more just place.

Regina with her baby.

Give the Gift of a Safe Birth This Mother’s Day!

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, it’s time to think about how best to honor mom on her special day! And, what could be better than the unique gift of helping to save a life! On behalf of Kangu, a nonprofit organization that crowdfunds safe births for pregnant women in underserviced communities, I’m reaching out to secure your support in raising awareness about preventing maternal mortality.

Why? Every day 800 women in developing countries die from pregnancy and childbirth, yet 90 percent of maternal deaths can be prevented with access to basic healthcare services.

How it works: Gift-buyers can search profiles of “Mamas” from around the world and select a pregnant women whose story speaks to them. A gift of $10 or more helps to give that Mama high-quality, low-cost healthcare services for a safe birth. Kangu emails a customized card to the gift recipient, telling them about the donation and the Mama. Ongoing updates about the Mama and her baby make this a gift that keeps on giving!


Introducing Our Newest Partner: Kangu.org

kanguorgWe are proud to announce that we have partnered with Kangu.org, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for safe births for pregnant women and newborns worldwide. The WHO estimates that every day 1,000 women die in childbirth. And for every woman that dies, another 20 experience life altering harm.

Kangu lets anyone with $10 to give become part of the solution.

At www.kangu.org, users can search profiles of pregnant women (initially in India, Nepal, and Uganda) and fund a specific woman’s access to high-quality healthcare before, during and after childbirth. These services are proven to reduce maternal mortality by up to 80%. Kangu transfers donations to vetted on-the-ground hospitals who provide patient-centered healthcare services and then share updates on the funded woman and the outcome of her birth.

Kangu’s innovative fundraising platform unlocks a new source of capital for hospitals and non-profit organizations, expands access to life-saving services for pregnant women in need, and creates an easy and meaningful way for individuals to have an impact on an issue close to their hearts.

“Kangu is thrilled to partner with Social Good Moms to reach millions of moms who are creating connections and community online,” said Casey Santiago, Founder and CEO of Kangu. “Social media, given power by the voices of mom bloggers, makes it possible to truly live in a global village. Kangu makes it possible for anyone to become a positive force in a woman’s birth story. At Kangu.org, you can see photos and stories of specific pregnant women in Asia and Africa. And with as little as $10, you can contribute to funding her access to high quality, compassionate health care. We built Kangu with the belief that the world’s moms, and those that care for them, would come together to end preventable maternal mortality. Partnering with Social Good Moms enables Kangu to broaden our community of moms helping moms, and to further spread our message of making the world a smaller, safer, more just place.”

We are equally thrilled to partner with Kangu and its innovative approach to maternal health. As mothers we believe in helping other mothers no matter where they live. Social Good Moms and Kangu working together will provide a powerful way for everyday moms to assist in safe births for other everyday moms. I can only see amazing, meaningful impact happening through this partnership.

Learn more about Kangu at kangu.org and on our partner page.

Our Newest Partnerships: Oxfam America and Kangu

Oxfam AmericaWe are always thrilled to work with some of the best NGOs and nonprofits in the world. Today, we are announcing our newest partnerships with Oxfam America and Kangu. We look forward to working with Kangu to spread the word about maternal health and healthy pregnancies in developing countries in both Africa and Asia. And we look forward to working with Oxfam America to raise awareness about food security, poverty, hunger and injustice.

Join us in welcoming them to our community of committed moms around the world who believe in using their voices as catalysts for good.


Four Sites That Allow You to Crowdfund Healthcare

You might not realize the power of collective action for the common good, but we see it all around us every day. In this new era of social media for social good and the democratizing of the web people in need everywhere are getting needed services from ordinary people all over the world. Crowdfunding platforms are making it much easier for concerned and passionate do-gooders to reach into their pocket and fund ideas, loans, programs for women and girls, and, yes, even health care. Four crowdfunding sites have recently been created that specifically provide crowdfunded health care for women, girls, and children.

Each of these sites are completely transparent about where the money goes and 100% of all donated dollars fund surgeries and programs and not to overhead, although each site provides options to fund overhead should you desire. All of the following sites allow donations as low as $5 with the exception of Kangu where the lowest donation option is $10.

www.catapult.org | Launched in 2012, Catapult is the leader in crowdfunding programs for women and girls. A project of Women Deliver and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, users of the site can join teams and provide much-needed micro-funding to programs ranging from advocacy to technology. You can also fund health projects like providing surgeries for fistula repair or funding maternal health in Cambodia as examples.
 watsi www.watsi.org | For as low as $5 you can donate money to operations that will greatly increase people’s standard of living. For example, you can fund a pregnant woman who needs prenatal care, a hospital delivery and post birth check-up. Or, you can fund an operation for a child with serious burns. In honor of Women’s Day Watsi launched a maternal health program to provide safe births to women around the world.

www.kangu.org | Launched last week Kangu is a crowdfunding site that allows people to specifically and uniquely fund pregnant women and newborn babies. With profiles of women from India, Uganda, and Birundi, you can ensure that profiled women are guaranteed a safe birth. Founded by Casey Santiago, an early staff member of Kiva and advisor to global health organizations Kangu is poised to become a leader in providing safe births to women throughout the developing world.
samahope www.samahope.org | Founded by Leila Janah, also the founder of the award-winning nonprofit Samasource, Samahope provides crowdsourced funds to pay for life-changing surgeries like fistula operations, cleft palette repair and burn injuries. Launched last year several operations have already been funded and several more are in the pipeline waiting for much-needed donations,

On the surface these four crowdfunding sites don’t seem that different, but they vary greatly in the depth of programs offered, partnerships, as well as the different countries they work in. The one major differentiating factor among them is Catapult allows you to form and join teams in order to make a larger impact on its programs. Kangu, Watsi, and Samahope, however, allow you to connect virtually with individuals in need. Donations to Catapult, Samahope, and Watsi are currently tax deductible. Kangu has filed for nonprofit status from the IRS. All donations will be retroactively tax deductible.

UN Photo/Mark Garten