Cheektowaga-Lancaster birthing kits ready to go!

Birthing Kit Update

Area 4 Clubs were able to ship 1,750 birthing kits to Nicaragua at the end of October. These kits were assembled last spring and were stored during the shutdown due to COVID-19. We were thrilled they were able to be shipped. These kits were donated by the Amherst, Batavia-Genesee, Buffalo, Cheektowaga-Lancaster and Hamburg-Orchard Park Clubs. Geneva also has 200 kits, but we were not able to transfer them quickly enough for this shipment.

In addition to the US clubs, the Oakville club is in the midst of finalizing 1100 birthing kits completed by their members individually at home. KW club completed 1000 birthing kits covid style on October 24th, with the prep completed by members at home, and the assembly by 10 members socially distanced. KW’s 1000 and 400 from Stratford were delivered to World Vision for shipping to Afghanistan. Oakville’s will be delivered once complete.

Brenda Graham, D4 Service Chairperson & Judy Powers, Service Committee Member.

The Kitchener-Waterloo Birthing Kits Assembly – Covid Style 

This assembly took place in 2 phases. A different Zonta member worked on each component of the birthing kit at home. For example, one person cut the squares of plastic sheeting; another cut the pieces of umbilical cord tape, another counted out piles of 5 gauze squares and so on.
Lead organizers, Brenda Graham and Muriel Omand-Naylor collected all the components from the participating Zonta Members. On October 24th, 10 Zontians met to assemble the kits. Thanks again to Brenda & Muriel’s logistical work, the assemblers were physically distanced and compliant with the local bylaw which permitted 10 people to gather indoors. Each table was supplied with all the component parts and each member assembled 100 kits. Each kit contained 1 piece of soap; a square of plastic, a razor blade, 2 pieces of umbilical cord tape, 1 pair of gloves and 5 gauze squares.


It was a very successful morning thanks to the great organization of our leaders! We assembled 1000 kits in approximately 2 hours.


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