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Giving Peace a Chance by Starting With the Littlest Feet

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Luther College
  • Jenny Woods

Giving Peace a Chance by Starting with the Littlest Feet

On the Honduran island of Roatan, Jenny Woods worked with a local clinic and an obstetrician/gynecologist to tell women about classes she was offering in pre- and postnatal care. She budgeted project funds to buy a birthing bed for Clinica Esperanza; but when another U.S. organization learned of her project and volunteered to donate the bed, Jenny decided instead to provide the clinic with a Kia truck, enabling it to extend its service into new communities on the island.

Before traveling to Honduras, Jenny collected some 200 pounds of baby clothing and supplies, mostly from the Decorah, Iowa community that is Luther’s home. Sorted and packed into bags, the baby clothing and supplies were given to expectant mothers who completed the classes. Those classes began with information on prenatal wellness and finished with advice on postnatal vaccinations, vitamins and breastfeeding.

Jenny also volunteered in the clinic’s women’s department and with Stacy Zuniga, the OB/gyn physician. From her Projects for Peace grant, she provided 35% of the new truck’s cost, and helped secure the remaining funds from other donors. Along with transporting Dr. Zuniga and volunteers to five communities farther away from the local public hospital, the truck will transport pregnant women who need hospital procedures, such as Caesarian sections.

Throughout her project, Jenny reports seeing “an increase in women arriving at the hospital for their prenatal care, and also an increase in women willing to attend the prenatal classes.”