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Blankets for Babies

Reprinted with permission from Ethica:Ethica, Inc. has received troubling reports of severe, cold weather in northern Vietnam that has taken a toll on orphanages in Hanoi, Bac Giang, Hay Tay, and Bac Ninh provinces. We understand 3 children have died in the past week and 10 more less than a year old have been hospitalized. In the past two months, 9 of 19 infected infants have died.

Government officials at the National Fund for Vietnamese Children are concerned that many more children will be vulnerable to a virulent form of rhinovirus that has in some cases, progressed to pneumonia. This fatal for institutionalized infants and children already vulnerable to illness. The officials have met and given Ethica’s representative in Hanoi permission to secure and deliver much needed blankets, heaters, warm clothing, and formula on March 7th and 8th. We estimate that $9,350 USD will be needed for this emergency relief fund which will assist 469 children under 16 years old and 152 babies from 1-7 months old.

We only have 3 DAYS TO FUNDRAISE.

Currently, Ethica’s involvement in Vietnam has been to evaluate irregularities in international adoption processes and advocate for ethical and transparent adoption policies and practices. As our mission is to assist all adoption community members, we are providing short term emergency care as we determine long term policy objectives.

Our hope is that in a month’s time, we will be able to transition the children’s needs to more permanent funders through a coalition of local and international NGOs.

You can make a difference in the lives of the children we serve by making a 501-C-3 tax deductible gift to Ethica, Inc. We cannot help these children without your contributions.

  •  $30 donation will provide an infant with formula for one month.
  •  $300 donation will buy 100 baby blankets.
  •  $300 donation will buy 100 warm baby outfits.
  •  $500 donation will buy 100 warm children’s outfits.
  •  $600 donation will buy 100 children’s blankets.

 We are currently awaiting estimates for heaters, medicines, and delivery costs.

To donate please visit this link and follow up with a note to info@ethicanet.org that your donation is to go towards the Blankets for Babies Fund.

http://www.ethicanet.org/item.php?recordid=donations&pagestyle=default

Additional information on this effort with notes, updates, and photos of each orphanage will be posted at www.ethicanet.org and our blog http://ethica.ning.com/ . We are seeking graphic and web savvy volunteers to assist us in creating a blog button and page for this fund. Please contact Linh at lsong@ethicanet.org for more details. Thank you.

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9 Comments »

2008-03-03 16:52:59

[...] in and around Hanoi whose babies have been hard hit by rhinovirus and pneumonia in recent months. Please read here for details on how to donate. Posted by 3continentfamily Filed in links Tags: [...]

 
2008-03-03 19:52:20

[...] The following information is from VVAI. [...]

 
2008-03-03 22:43:20

[...] you are at it you can read here, here and here about the Blanket for Babies program. This winter was so cold in Vietnam that they [...]

 
2008-03-04 12:44:42

[...] what I wanted to do with this post was link to VVAI, where they have a plea from Ethica up. I’m going to ask Hunky tonight about contributing, [...]

 
Comment by Melinda
2008-03-04 16:37:35

Is anyone getting through on the email? I donated and tried to email but it won’t go through. What happens to the money if they don’t get the email?

 
Comment by Sara
2008-03-04 18:26:33

I went to Ethica’s contact page and sent a note about the donation.

http://www.ethicanet.org/item.php?recordid=contactus&pagestyle=default

 
Comment by Melinda
2008-03-04 18:59:40

Thank you so much Sara! :)

 
2008-03-05 14:04:00

[...] quick update to let the community know that we are almost at the halfway mark for our Blankets for Babies Fund. As of this Tuesday night we have raised $6,311.18 . We have already authorized Ethica’s rep [...]

 
2008-03-06 21:40:56

[...] quick update to let the community know that we are almost at the halfway mark for our Blankets for Babies Fund. As of this Tuesday night we have raised $6,311.18 . We have already authorized Ethica’s rep in [...]

 
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