International Women's Day - How you can help us serve even more Mamas

Our whole business is built to serve to parents-to-be. This is the true why behind our business, why we are working to create a strong community of support here on our journal, through our newsletter and on social media. I wanted generosity to be at the core of our business, across every element of the business and I wanted this from the very first sale we made. 

At The Suite Set, we donate a dollar from every single sale to support three extraordinary charities for girls and mums. By making the suite sets, we truly want to make a difference in birth and parenthood. So in addition to how we help our suite set families, we can also support even more mamas and babes through donating to charities that are rigorously screened. We work with the amazing i=change to facilitate our giving and we support Send Hope Not Flowers, Bump and The Hunger Project.

I wanted this charity support to be there from the very start of our business, even before we could really afford it (I'll let you in on a secret. The truth is, we are not even at the being able to afford it bit yet but we are still committed).  If you've bought from us, you know how super simple it is for us to donate in your name. After you've purchased the i=Change platform appears on our site and you can choose where the donation goes & you can track the impact of this donation in real-time. 

As International Women's Day is upon us, we have a chance to reflect on how we can take action to support women and girls and provide opportunities for those who need encouragement to meet their potential. With this in mind, we are increasing our donation to five dollars from every sale on our site for IWD.

Here is more about the three charities we support with your help.

Send Hope Not Flowers is dedicated to helping mothers survive childbirth across the developing world. Papua New Guinea has one of the highest maternal death rates in the world. Send Hope Not Flowers works with Australian Dr. Barry Kirby in remote Milne Bay Province, PNG. Families are gifted with a  Baby Bundle to incentivise mothers to come to a health clinic to give birth. The bundle is filled with basic supplies for mother and baby - and includes the $5 cost for delivery at the clinic.The Baby Bundle project is directly responsible for a 78% decrease in the maternal death rate in the region. This is mind blowing, don't you agree?

Bump is a 6-month mentoring and education program that empowers young mothers to break the cycle of disadvantage. It helps them build their confidence and skills to thrive, both as individuals and as parents. This helps shape the future for two generations. Aged between 13 and 23, many pregnant and young mothers who participate in Bump programs report feeling trapped in toxic relationships and have low self-worth. 1 in 2 have experienced domestic violence. 1 in 3 suffer from anxiety or a mental health condition. 

In some areas of Bangladesh, up to 62% of girls are married before turning 18. Can you even imagine what this would be like? These girls are not only denied their childhood, they can suffer from developmental issues due to early pregnancy. They're vulnerable to STD's including HIV, increased risk of domestic violence and have limited opportunities for education and employment. We know women are the key to creating change for girls within their communities. Empowered women can achieve  extraordinary impact, catalysing new and brighter futures for girls and their families.The Hunger Project trains women to unleash their leadership and capacity to take action in their homes, villages and communities, to stop child marriage, violence against women and girls, discrimination against girl children - and shift hearts and minds on the importance of gender equality.

 So suite family, I just wanted to take this time to say thank you for supporting us, so we can support the work these amazing organisations are doing to enrich the lives of more mamas and babies. 

The cover photo is thanks to Send Hope, Not Flowers instagram account. 

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