Before I moved to Atlanta and had children, I worked in a laboratory doing cancer research for Texas Children’s Hospital. It was a challenging yet rewarding job. We struggled to understand how cancer works and researched ways that bone marrow transplants could help cure this horrible disease. While I spent much of my time in the laboratory, we often made trips over to the children’s hospital for sample delivery or retrieval. Those days were particular difficult for me….seeing children suffering from devastating diseases is never easy. Parents were stressed out and emotional, doctors often giving them news that they didn’t want to hear. Even with the best quality healthcare available, people don’t always get better. Can you imagine what it is like to live in a country where quality healthcare is incredibly difficult to find much less afford? While quality healthcare during pregnancy doesn’t always ensure the health of your child, it goes a long way towards giving that baby a positive start on life! Kangu is hoping to bring quality healthcare to expectant women in poor and developing nations to give as many babies a healthy start as possible.
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What is Kangu?
Kangu is a new crowdfunding platform for social good that is trying to raise money to help pregnant women get access to quality healthcare. At Kangu you can search profiles of pregnant women in need and contribute a small financial donation towards quality healthcare for her before, during and after childbirth. These medical services are provided by vetted local medical partners and are proven to reduce maternal and newborn deaths by up to 80%.
In developing countries, high quality medical care actually costs very little compared to the cost of healthcare in our country. Kangu has found local, non-profit hospitals and clinics in developing countries that offer life-saving healthcare services to pregnant women and their newborns for an average of $250. Just $250! This small amount of money covers everything from prenatal care, delivery with a trained professional, emergency obstetric care, postnatal care, clean supplies, medications to treat infections, and newborn immunizations. This is actually an amazing amount of healthcare services for a relatively small amount of money.
Kangu.org offers a very transparent and personal connection with the women you are helping. There are pictures of each woman in need, personal stories, photos, and family information. Your donation doesn’t just go to some random and faceless entity. You are helping a particular woman and will be informed of how thing turn out for her.
Quality Healthcare for Expectant Mothers with Kangu
How Can You Help?
Since Kangu started taking donations in the spring of 2013, they have amassed a community of 2,000 users and raised over $59,000. This has funded the safe births of more than 250 expectant mothers in Nepal, Uganda and India. Most healthcare funding for developing nations is done on a large scale and the individuals in a small community may not actually notice a difference in their own lives. The crowdfunding technology that Kangu.org utilizes allows everyday individuals (you and me!) to enable change at the grassroots level. And you can do it for as little as $10! Just a tiny monetary donation through Kangu can make a huge difference in the quality of healthcare that an expectant mother receives!
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With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, maybe you could consider making a donation to a worthy cause in your loved one’s name instead of buying roses that will die in a week? Instead of When you make a donation in someone’s name, they will receive a personalized card after your gifting donation, as well as a birth update—complete with a picture of a mama and baby—after the selected mama has safely delivered.
Not ready to make a donation right now? You can visit Kangu.com any time to make a donation of quality health care to a mother in need. You can also enter to win a donation to be made in your name!
Influence Central is hosting a contest for Kangu through which you can enter to win one of five $100 donations that Kangu will make to a Kangu Mom on their behalf.
- Contest opens on February 10, 2015 and closes March 2, 2015
- You can enter by choosing a social media sharing option from the social media amplification tool
Diane has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology with a Minor in Health Management and Policy. She spent many years working in cancer research, academics, and biotechnology. Concern over the growing incidence of human disease and the birth of her children led her to begin living a more natural life. She quickly realized that the information she was learning along the way could be beneficial to many others and started blogging as a way to share this knowledge with others. While passionate about health and the environment she can’t quite give up her favorite Cheetos and Diet Coke! Learn more about her HERE.