April is Maternal and Child Health Month and we are shining the spotlight on one of our community projects. The Zoe Project runs a number of programmes from within the resource-constrained Retreat and Hanover Park Maternity and Obstetrics Units. Their volunteers work alongside government medical staff to support women throughout pregnancy, childbirth and in pregnancy crisis situations.
 
The Zoe Project takes a holistic, hands-on approach to ensuring that these women and babies are supported, loved and empowered during and post-pregnancy. One of the services they provide are Mom and Baby Packs: a set of basic items much needed by new moms and their little ones.

The Rotary Club of Newlands is collecting enough items to make up 30 of each of these packs during the month of April. Below is a list of items needed which you are welcome to bring along to meetings on 9 April, 16 April and 23 April. Please bring the items separately and unwrapped.
 
Items Needed for Mom Packs: Toothbrush, toothpaste, panties (medium size), deodorant
 
Items Needed for Mom Packs: Baby grows (newborn or 0-3mths), Vests (newborn or 0-3mths), baby wash, bum cream, baby lotion (no earbuds, powder, dummies or soap please)
 
In addition, The Zoe Project has a WISH LIST of a few larger items listed below. If you are able to assist, please contact member Tinus de Jongh.
Pavers for an 8x8 m area– where children can play
2 x garden benches – for clients to sit on while waiting
15 x stacking chairs – for use in our support groups and other classes
2 x fold up trestle tables – for use in classroom
1 x flat screen TV (which will be bolted down) – for use in classes, workshops and training
1 x DVD player – for use in classes, workshops and training
1 x Laptop – for office use
1 x external hard drive (2TB) – for office use