Flores de Kiskeya Part One
Magali Masats from our Support Team is embarking on a three week volunteering trip to Haiti at the end of July, with Flores de Kiskeya. This non-profit organisation provides solutions to a community where women are victims of physical abuse and rape, by providing medical and nutritional supervision, plus education to encourage self-employment.
Magali will be helping vulnerable young pregnant women with emotional, physical and psychological support during their pregnancy, labour and postpartum period. The mums are known as flores, meaning flowers in Spanish and giving the name to the organisation.
Flores de Kiskeya operates in Anse-à-Pitres (south-east of Haití), a coastal village next to the border with the Dominican Republic. The per capita income is the poorest in the whole American continent, with 80% of the population living under the poverty threshold. Haiti also has the highest maternal death rate in America: 59 in 1,000 babies die during labour, 85% of the pregnancies are high risk and 1 in 44 women die during pregnancy or while giving birth.
The organisation has created an educational centre for the mums and their children. In this centre Magali will also be helping by creating activities to empower both the women and their children. It’s used as a nursery to educate the wee ones and also to educate and help the mums to create employment opportunities.
We wish Magali every success on her trip and look forward to hearing about her experiences in Haiti.
More information (in Spanish) about Flores de Kiskeya