A lot has happened with The Eliminate Project this summer. Here are the top three developments you might have missed – plus the latest information about Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
1. Kenya is MNT-free!
In June, Kenya officially was validated for eliminating maternal and neonatal tetanus. This means that mothers in Kenya no longer have to worry about their babies dying of this terrible disease.
Hear Rose Njiraini, UNICEF community health specialist in Kenya, describe the value of Kiwanis’ work against MNT.
2. #MNTChallenge raised US$500,000
During the 103rd Kiwanis International Convention, Kiwanis members from around the world came together to support The Eliminate Project. Generous donors put forth $100,000 to challenge Kiwanians to also raise $100,000 during convention. After surpassing our first goal, we unlocked an additional $100,000 from our generous donors, and Kiwanians came through with even more.
The grand total raised was $502,282.72 to protect mothers and babies worldwide against maternal and neonatal tetanus.
3. Update from Sudan
In Sudan, MNT continues to put the lives of mothers and babies at risk. Luckily, midwives like Hawa Mohamed Ibrahim are there to help expecting moms get the quality health care they need – including the tetanus vaccine.
Now that summer is over, it’s time for your favorite fall fundraiser:
Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This Halloween, your club members have the power to save lives. There are many fun and creative ways to raise money, including going door-to-door, zombie walks, pumpkin smashes, Halloween dances, haunted houses and so much more.
Once again, money raised through this program by Key Club members will support The Eliminate Project. Your donations will help protect women and newborns from maternal and neonatal tetanus. Together, we can end these preventable tragedies.