The staff of the UNHCR in Jordan was kind enough to send us this report on the distribution of the baby kits we sent last fall. They are eagerly awaiting our next shipment, which should be getting ready for distribution just about now. In June we sent 100 Bed Boxes and 200 bags of supplies. And there is another shipment that will be departing Seattle for Jordan next month (September) that will contain another 100 Bed Boxes and the bags of supplies to go with them.
Thank you to everyone who has donated to stock the baby kits! Our group of Ravelry knitters and sewers have been really hard at work and have sent some really beautiful items.
And a big thank you to the Baby Box Company that we worked with to get our 200 Bed Boxes for this year – they donated half of the boxes to SCM to help us reach our goal!
We need a few more items to fill the boxes, and as you can see, they are asking for cool weather supplies. Please be sure to visit our Amazon wish list for needed items. This is an ongoing need to provide support for the new mothers and and their babies.
UNHCR Baby Kits Briefed Report:
- In winter and specifically in December 2015, UNHCR have received CRI items which included different types of baby kits and clothes needed by the new baby born or by the women who had delivered. This was in response to gap on baby clothes that was so much needed for mothers.
- The boxes were received and distributed to the Community Services offices to both (Zatari Camp office and Urban office). Urban office took around 10 boxes in which each box contains 4 bags of baby kits to be given to the persons of concerns while the rest of the boxes were distributed to refugees in the Camp.
- Urban office covered all villages of Mafraq district in the urban, while the Zatari Camp office covered 12 Districts within the camp. Therefore; Refugees from different locations (Villages and poor areas) in Urban and Camp were able to obtain these baby kits, weather they got it from our office directly or in some cases we had to reach their homes and deliver them the kits they needed.
- Kits were given to different vulnerable categories of Refugees who were unable to afford the baby clothes cost, The clothes were distributed to either pregnant women who are on their last month to deliver (Pregnant with one baby or twins), or to cases of Women who have already given birth and their baby’s ages around 1- 3 weeks. These Categories contained;
- Cases with Female House Hold who with no male support or no income generation,
- Households with children disabled, household that are unable to provide the baby,
- Cases with Elderly who are caregiver to new baby born (for example; their grandsons and granddaughters),
- Cases contain a household with medical condition that is also unable to provide clothes for their new baby born.
- Cases with other different vulnerability concerns.
- Number of Cases were given Baby kits in Mafraq Office were around 45 Cases, while in Zatari Camp office the 135 of cases due to the high number in the camp and the vulnerability of the HH cases in need to new baby born cloths was high. They were distributed through UNHCR Helpdesk or through home visits to specific cases who are in need for it.
- All Bags were distributed during the months December 2015 Until March 2016 (winter Season), many Refugees have returned to us asking for these baby cloths and they were around 10 cases in Urban but unfortunately we were ran out of them all and in both offices.
- Cases who have received these baby kits were very happy, they totally benefited of them as it was winter and they really needed warm clothes for these poor new babies, women were thankful and informed other pregnant women about these kits, and that’s how we were able to distribute them all during the above mentioned dates and among poor areas. If there will be another of baby kits boxes to be deliver again for the refugees we would love and kindly wonder if these clothes to fit the Autumn Season, if available J. The quality of cloths was good.
- We wanted to have some pictures with these wonderful cases but most of them were refusing for privacy, though; there were a woman who had tiny beautiful twins whom she accept to take a photo 🙂
Finally, we as UNHCR team and Refugees would like to thank you so much for these baby kits that put a big smile on refugees faces and make them realize there are people from different places; close and away places, within the same country or from countries on the other side of this planet who also are thinking of them and looking forward to serve them within these hard times as this shows our humanity side of our personalities as good human.
Thank You for everyone’s Effort and nice gifts 🙂