ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on February 28, 2011June 20, 2017By: Zubaida Bai, Young Champion of Maternal HealthClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)This blog post was contributed by Zubaida Bai, one of the fifteen Young Champions of Maternal Health chosen by Ashoka and the Maternal Health Task Force at EngenderHealth. She will be blogging about her experience every month, and you can learn more about her, the other Young Champions, and the program here.18 inches – 24 inches – 14 inches… SNOW & MORE SNOW – Is this a sign of things to come?One month has passed in 2011 and, in the midst of all the snow Boston’s been struck with, we at AYZH have been busy like never before:24 JANMA kits have been sent to Rural and Tribal Karnataka, India, thanks to support from Rotary and its members. JANMA is the clean birth kit developed by my organization, AYZH. The vision behind JANMA is that every woman should have a safe, clean, and hygienic delivery whether she delivers at home, at a primary health care center, or in a government hospital. The JANMA kit is intended to give women the right to a clean delivery at a low cost. The kit focuses on “six cleans” recognized by the World Health Organization (WHO): clean hands, clean perineum, clean delivery surface, clean cord cutting and tying instruments, and clean cutting surface. JANMA is sourced and assembled in India by rural women, creating an economic opportunity in the communities we serve. JANMA is distributed through an established network of local pharmacies, clinics, and women-focused nonprofit/nongovernmental organizations.AYZH was short listed for Echoing Green (EG). Of 2,854 applications received only 7% were selected for the semi-final round. Seth Cochran, another Maternal Health Champion, has also been selected for the next round.AYZH has also been selected as a finalist at Unreasonable Institute (UI). Of 300 businesses from over 60 countries, 45 have been selected through an intensive evaluation process. We have an arduous task ahead to raise $8000 at the Unreasonable Marketplace to attend the six week intensive mentoring workshop. The first 25 organizations to raise this money will get to attend the Institute. If we are successful, not only will it help us steer our venture in the right direction, but it will also give us access to investors and mentors in the field. Please help us raise these funds by spreading the word among your networks and contributing anything over 5 dollars.Many great opportunities, like the snow in Boston, have been falling into AYZH’s hands. They will make for a very busy, but exciting year!Share this:
Rhiana Gay of Anchorage (Photo by Wesley Early, Alaska Public Media – Anchorage)This week we’re hearing from Rhiana Gay in Anchorage. Gay is a kindergarten teacher at Creekside Park Elementary School, and while most Anchorage students started school this week, her batch begins on Monday.Listen nowGAY: Since the kids are so new to school, have no idea what the classroom setting is, and most spend time at home with grandma, grandpa, or mom and dad, a family member, the school district has implemented something called a kindergarten academy. It’s pretty neat because it’s a transition for the kids. Because most times, parents do it all for them, but now it’s their turn to hang up their coat by themselevs and do everything they need to do to be successful.This is my seventh year at Creekside and, believe it or not, I went to Creekside as a student. I live on the East side, I went to school on the East side and now I work on the East side. But here at Creekside, there’s about 20 classroom teachers, and about maybe 10 to 12 of them are locals.I have family in Texas and they want me to teach and come live there. But Alaska is just home to me.Here with the district, I feel like a name, and if I were to move to Texas — a bigger place — I would feel just like a number. But if I want to talk to my representative, I can call him up witout getting their secretary or waiting for a few months. And with work, my teachers’ union president… if I want to send him a text, I can. And I feel like that wouldn’t happen in a different state.And right now, the teachers do not have a contract. So, what I like about that is that we’re all on the same, and we’re all just saying yes, we want a contract because X, Y and Z. Yes we want a fair start time, fair wages, fair compensation and we want to be able to control what happens in our classroom. And so, just being all on the same page brings unity throughout the members.