Lake Region students helping new moms in Haiti

FALMOUTH, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Students from Lake Region High School are helping new moms hundreds of miles away.

Their goal was to sew 100 birthing bags for new moms in Haiti. The hand-sewn bags contain simple items like sterile gloves and alcohol wipes for a safe home delivery, and clothing and a handmade hat for the baby. Non-profit Konbit Sante delivers the bags to Haiti as part of its mission to promote healthy births. The organization gives away 300 healthy birthing kits a month.

"During the home stretch we were like, 'Wow we really did this, we really, we're finishing this up,'" seventeen year-old Sarah Hancock said. "It was really amazing being able to accomplish our goal, and being able to bring the bags here today was amazing because we knew that we had made a difference in someone's lives."

The Lake Region students also plan to participate in Walk With Haiti on Saturday May 31st in Portland.

To learn more about the walk, click here.

Konbit Sante has also teamed up with Haiti: Make Births Safe for a sweepstakes to win a trip to the set of Downton Abbey in London. For more information on the contest, click here.


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