Marawi Refugees Need Your Help

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Last week was not a good week for my home country, the Philippines. Rebels hostaged the town of Marawi, a town in Lanao del Norte, Mindanao (south of Philippines) and honestly, I don’t understand the news anymore. But what I know we can do is help the refugees that fled Marawi.

My breastfeeding group, Breastfeeding Pinays are coordinating with Modern Nanays of Mindanao to help reach out to the refugee families. Please, I ask that you open your hearts to them — especially the children in this most difficult time.

Below is what will be included in the care packs to be distributed. You can do your part by

  • If you’re abroad, you can donate by sending cash donations to their GoFundMe site
  • If you’re in the Philippines, you can also send cash donations to:
    • Cash donations
      BPI Savings 2059 2061 79 Tracy Kaye Salagantin
      BDO 000870 452 940 Windy Park
  • Send donations in kind to:
    • Modern Nanays of Mindanao
      c/o Ivy Yrika Frantz Merilles
      362 Apovel Subdivision, Bulua,Cagayan de Oro City
      Call 0917-7069040

Thank you very much and God bless you.

Moms Wrap Care Packs in Malong for Those Affected in Marawi Siege
We laud this group of moms from Mindanao for using the malong that can serve as blanket, baby carrier, among other uses.
by Rachel Perez 

Filipinos are no stranger to national crisis. We have rallied to help those in need whenever there’s a storm that ravages a town or city. We can do it again for our brothers and sisters in the South. Since the Marawi crisis started, there are already 1,432 families or 7,439 persons who have fled from Marawi City as a result of the ongoing clash. About 691 families or 3,688 persons are housed in evacuation centers.

So how else can you help our sisters in the South? Send cash donations to Modern Nanays of Mindanao (MNM), a group of mothers who advocate breastfeeding, babywearing, and cloth diapering. It currently has more than 6,000 members, composed of moms, pediatricians, obstetricians, and family advocates who support their principles

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The Importance of Breastfeeding During Emergencies
MNM has been asking for donations for the 120 and 250 females in Buru-un and Ma. Cristina evacuation centers, respectively along, with 160 and 400 children who are seeking for relief operations. The group has responded with Malong Care Packs, which contains essentials that are specifically for moms with children below 2 years old.

Each Malong Care Pack consists of:

5 water bottles
5 easy-to-open canned goods
1 dozen shampoo sachet
3 pieces of soap
18 pieces of diapers
2 packs of sanitary pads
1 face towel
2 toothbrushes
6 toothpaste sachets
1 pack baby wipes
1 bottle of isopropyl alcohol
Baby clothes

We laud the group for wrapping these essentials in a “malong,” a Maranao garb, which the mother can use as a turban, dress, blanket, sunshade, bed sheet, dressing room, hammock, prayer mat, baby carrier and many others. Look:

As of May 31, the group has already sent their first batch of 306 Malong Care Packs.

Pediatrician Dr. Francesca “Zeka” To, a breastfeeding advocate and co-founder of non-profit group L.A.T.C.H. (Lactation, Attachment, Training, Counseling, Help), stressed in an article in Smart Parenting that breastfeeding is essential during emergencies. Evacuation centers are often crowded and have very limited water supply, and the risk of contaminated water to mix formula or wash bottles leads to diarrhea, infections, other illneses, and even death.

That’s why today, June 1, MNM set up a mom-and-child-friendly spaces with a community kitchen in evacuation centers in Iligan City. These spaces aim to help and encourage moms to breastfeed and be a place where young children can eat healthy foods that do not quickly spoil such as kamote, kalabasa, corn, monggo beans.

MNM are still open to welcome volunteers and receive donations whether in kind or in cash:

Cash donations
BPI Savings 2059 2061 79 Tracy Kaye Salagantin
BDO 000870 452 940 Windy Park

Or you may ship the items to:
Modern Nanays of Mindanao
c/o Ivy Yrika Frantz Merilles
362 Apovel Subdivision, Bulua,Cagayan de Oro City
Call 0917-7069040

Visit Modern Nanays of Mindanao on Facebook for more information.

Please help spread the word!

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