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October Update

October 2021

We are happy to report that Ninotte was able to travel to the USA safely! She arrived in Chicago on Saturday evening 10/23. She will stay for a few days with Nancy Cowans, one of the board members, before making her way to Traverse City. Ninotte will be renewing her Certified Professional Midwifery credential, conducting meetings about the project, and enjoying some much needed rest.

Because of continuing concerns with COVID-19 we are not having the annual in-person fundraiser. Instead we are hosting a zoom gathering with Ninotte on Sunday November 7th from 4:00-5:00 pm. You will have a chance to see Ninotte and hear firsthand what’s been happening in Haiti and with the project.
If you wish to join the zoom gathering, use this link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/7512174223?pwd=N1ZQcnI3LzBka0NVRUI4Zm9xSnFnUT09

Phone number to call in: 929 205 6099

Meeting ID: 751 217 4223
Passcode: 788493

We will post the content in our November communique for those unable to join the Zoom.

Advisory Board
We are still looking for another board member to join the team, preferably someone with international experience working with non-profits. E-mail Kathi at kathimulder@gmail.com with any suggestions. The board meets monthly via zoom.

Thank you again for your support of the Grace Community Birth Center Project. It could not happen without all of us working together. Please continue to support Ninotte and the project by donating at this page. All donations are greatly appreciated!

Recent news from the Grace Community Birth Center project

August 1, 2021

After more than a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic I am happy to report that the project is moving forward. Despite no one being able to travel in or out of Haiti, Ninotte has continued to provide prenatal and postpartum care, work with the women’s groups, teach sexual education classes and cultivate various agricultural projects on the property.Although our typical fundraising events did not take place in 2020 a couple of very generous donors sent in contributions bringing the building fund up to $130,000! And our sustaining monthly donors continue to keep the project afloat. We are forever grateful to these kind people.

Current unrest
Besides dealing with Covid Haiti was again hit with a very rough period of social unrest. You likely have heard of the assassination of Jovenel Moise, the President of Haiti, on July 7. Ninotte is doing well enough though travel across the country is dangerous at this time. Grand Bassin, the town close to the Grace Community Center, is far enough from Port au Prince and Cap Haitien to feel safer, though the economic troubles afflict the entire country.

Ninotte recently commented to one of the project’s supporters: “It’s a sad and unfortunate event that we have been dealing with in Haiti. I am fighting the battle so far and hope for a better tomorrow. People’s hearts are full of greed and hatred. All about POWER and MONEY. Poor us, the ordinary people, the working classes! Something somehow must change. It starts with everyone’s effort. I am doing what I can.”

Advisory Board
The advisory board went through its own period of challenges with some people needing to step off. We give thanks to Nadia Daniels-Moehle and Christina Moord who made significant and valuable contributions to the project. We welcome Reina Galjour and Rachel Olsson, midwives who have worked with Ninotte in Haiti and look forward to their ideas and enthusiasm. Through all of the changes Ninotte has remained remarkably steadfast in her commitment and fierce determination to see the building project commence.

Birth Center
We have resumed talks with the Building Goodness Foundation, the organization providing architectural and construction management expertise for the project. We are evaluating the use of rammed earth construction as a way to use local materials rather than relying on imported cement.

Local labor will be used as much as possible. Finalizing construction design, materials to be used, and a timeline for breaking ground will take place over the next few months.
Support Ninotte
There are multiple ways you can support Ninotte and the project:

Donate at any time at this page. All donations are greatly appreciated! And consider becoming a monthly donor – this is so valuable as a way to keep the project going.

We are looking for one more person to join the advisory board ideally someone with international non-profit experience. If you would like to talk about this opportunity, email Kathi at kathimulder@gmail.com

We are hoping to bring Ninotte to the USA in November – if you would like to meet with her or have ideas for speaking engagements/fundraisers let us know

GCBC End of Year Newsletter

2020 has been a challenging year for everyone across the globe and Grace Community Birth Center rising to the pandemic’s continuing challenges. Your support makes it possible for Ninotte to focus on assisting mothers and babies through this unprecedented time. 


“The birth center’s existence is rooted in you and you have been deeply helpful in the lives of so many women and their families,“ Ninotte reflected. “Our hearts are full of gratitude and empathy.”


In September a 17-year-old expectant mother visited for a check up. She expressed how she hadn’t eaten and left the check up with Moringa leaves from the GCBC garden and enough money for a meal. Your donations help to create care like this as well as support prenatal and postpartum mothers, women seeking family planning care, sexual education classes, and maintenance to the community center and building site. 

Young mother with Moringa leaves


As the year ends, thinking about the future is on all of our minds, as Ninotte said, “babies are being born every day and they need our love to create the world we are all want to live in.” And we look forward to celebrating with you—and all the healthy mothers and babies— when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.


And as we all work toward that future, we are all in this together. While Ninotte visited a postpartum mother and baby, a 6-year-old girl in the home took Ninotte’s hand and thanked her. And Ninotte wants to do the same: to take your hand and “Thank you!” 


Ninotte and the GCBC team hope you stay safe and healthy as we enter this new year. 

Fundraiser for the Grace Community Birth Center Project

We are moving to the next phase of the GCBC project and we want to show you the building plans for the Grace Community Birth Center. You will have an opportunity to hear from and talk with Ninotte Lubin about the project and to find out what we need for this next phase.

November 16
4:30 pm to 7:30 pm
at
Nature
2988 W. Burdickville Rd., Maple City

Please join us for:

  • Music by Elizabeth Landry (aka as E-Minor)
  • Beverages: Cider from Taproot Cider House, beer and other drinks
  • Food from Nepalese Have Another
  • Haitian artwork will be on display and available for sale
  • Opportunity to tour the Nature event space and glamping resort

Program Schedule

4:30 PM     Music by Elizabeth Landry and beverages

5:30 PM     Food

6:00 PM     Presentation from Ninotte Lubin, CPM, from Grand Bassin, Haiti, Director of the Grace Community Birth Center Project

7:30 PM     Event ends

Location: 2988 W. Burdickville Rd., Maple City, MI 49664

Questions or more information: gcbs.advisory.board@gmail.com or 231.715.0009

Many thanks and much appreciation to our donors: Nature, Elizabeth Landry, Nepalese Have Another, and Taproot Cider House

Fall 2019 At Grace – Building Design

Architectural Drawing of Proposed Birth Center

We are excited to announce we are partnering with Building Goodness Foundation to design and manage the construction of the birth center. Earlier this summer, architect Steve Miller from Iowa City traveled to Haiti to meet with Ninotte Lubin. Along with Board members Rubinste St. Louis, Kathi Mulder and Craig Mulder, and Lauren McRaven from BGF, they surveyed the building site, developed a list of requirements and reviewed other clinics and hospitals in the area.

Steve worked with his firm, SlingShot, to develop an initial set of architectural drawings for the Birth Center and to start work on the construction plans for the building.

Now the next step is to raise the necessary funds (approximately $150,000) for the construction and to demonstrate that we have commitments to the ongoing operational costs of the birth center, which will increase to about $45,000 annually.

Ninotte will be in the Traverse City area in November to meet with various people and groups. The primary fundraiser will be Saturday, November 16, at Nature in Leelanau County. Check this website for further details.

Late Winter and Early Spring 2019 at Grace

Ninotte Lubin and baby

Reflecting on Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) and her work over the winter, Ninotte Lubin has “hope to continue positively toward a strong community where women and babies are served respectfully in a loving and compassionate way for a better future.”

Community:

Haiti is still feeling the affects of the protests that broke out on February 7th, the country was “locked for weeks”. GCBC has not stopped working in the community to serve families and work toward renewal. As Ninotte said, “A midwife is a leader. Being aware and living through the challenges have strengthened my conviction and passion to serve.”

On May 18th, Ninotte gave a talk at GCBC on “violence experienced during pregnancy, birth, and postpartum and its consequences on a child’s brain development” to 30 primary school teachers. Her presentation was met with much enthusiasm.

Care:

Through the country’s struggles in February, Ninotte was unable to buy gas but  she was able to present some sex ed classes as well as see patients for prenatal care and family planning. 

Ninotte is currently seeing a few women for prenatal care and assisting a new mother and beautiful baby with postpartum care.

35 women are seeing Ninotte for family planning. Without the Birth Center itself, family planning is the most in-demand service.

New mother and baby

Garden:

The garden on the GCBC property did not fare well through the winter’s dry spell. This spring, the well broke and Ninotte used some funds from the fall fundraising for repairs. Now the garden is well-watered and thriving. 

Over the winter the 25 beehives on the property yielded four gallons of honey which Ninotte used to invest in nine more beehives. GCBC has now acquired 33 of its 50 beehive goal.

Exciting News:

On June 1st advisory board members Kathi and Craig will visit GCBC along with representatives from the Building Goodness Foundation (BGF). BGF will draw up plans and estimate a budget for the building project. BGF will then review the project and potentially supply supervisors for construction once funding is secured. 

GCBC’s Instagram page will be updated regularly as Kathi and Craig send photographs from the trip, go stay tuned.

New baby girl

 “Keep us in your heart. Grow with us.”

—Ninotte Lubin




How YOU can support and help GCBC: 

Financially: 
Become a monthly donor and support GCBC’s education classes. Or make a one time donation: https://gracebirthcenter.org/donate/
Check out Tara Bella Botanicals
25% of the profits from the sale of TBB products go to Grace Community Birth Center.
Make Connections: 
If you know of organizations that can support GCBC, please set up a connection. To do so, please contact Kathi @ kathimulder@gmail.com
If you have ideas about ways to help financially sustain GCBC, please let us know.
Spread the Word: 
Encourage people to check out the website, tell your friends, encourage them to tell theirs.
Follow GCBC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebirthcenter/
Follow GCBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceBirthHaiti
To receive updates, enter your email in the sidebar.
Volunteer: 
If you are interested in volunteering please send an email explaining your interest and skillset: gracebirthcenter@gmail.com
Written by Nadia Daniels-Moehle

Winter 2018-19 at Grace

2019 looks bright for Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) thanks to generous donations from the 2018 fundraising campaign, support from the Grand Basin community, and Ninotte Lubin’s hard work.

2018 Fundraising Campaign:

The end of year fundraising brought in enough money to sustain GCBC and its programs for the year to come. Generous donations combined with SowHope’s $20,000 matching grant will supply approximately $47,000 to the GCBC building fund.

Updates from Haiti:

GCBC Mothers and Babies

The Grand Bassin community continues to deepen their support for GCBC, an end of year gathering welcomed approximately 200 community members who expressed their gratitude for GCBC. Before the gathering, a nearby community’s well broke down and Ninotte worked with community members to find a solution, within days the well was fixed, further solidifying the trust between GCBC and the community.

Many young people participated with wonderful energy in Ninotte’s sexual education classes followed by crafting workshops. Ninotte’s innovative classes make meaningful impacts in young people’s lives in the present and in the future as well.

Ninotte currently has pregnant clients that she sees for prenatal care and she continues to administer family-planning care. We’ll leave you for now with Ninotte’s smile and healthy, adorable, babies.

Ninotte and Babies

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How YOU can support and help GCBC: 
Financially: 
Become a monthly donor and support GCBC’s education classes. Or make a one time donation: https://gracebirthcenter.org/donate/
Check out Tara Bella Botanicals
25% of the profits from the sale of TBB products go to Grace Community Birth Center.
Make Connections: 
If you know of organizations that can support GCBC, please set up a connection. To do so, please contact Kathi @ kathimulder@gmail.com
If you have ideas about ways to help financially sustain GCBC, please let us know.
Spread the Word: 
Encourage people to check out the website, tell your friends, encourage them to tell theirs.
Follow GCBC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebirthcenter/
Follow GCBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceBirthHaiti
To receive updates, enter your email in the sidebar.
Volunteer: 
If you are interested in volunteering please send an email explaining your interest and skillset: gracebirthcenter@gmail.com
Written by Nadia Daniels-Moehle

Fall 2018 at Grace

Support for Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) blossoms as the year nears its end, thanks to Ninotte’s trip to the US and community connectivity in Grand Bassin.

US Trip:

Earlier this fall, Ninotte Lubin traveled to the US, making stops in New York and Michigan. She met with past GCBC supporters and introduced many to the project. 

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Left: Ninotte speaking at a SowHope event. Right: Ninotte and board members Tara and Kathi Mulder with Every Mother Count’s CEO and founder Christy Turlington Burns

In New York, Ninotte met with Every Mother Counts and engaged with many wonderful people, including students at Vassar College, where she gave a lecture.

In Michigan, Ninotte spoke at a SowHope dinner in Grand Rapids. She thanked SowHope for their support, “we really can be better together.”

Finally, Ninotte reflected on the Traverse City fundraiser, “it’s been a special thing every year to share the progress of the project with the Traverse City community.”

Fundraising:

The $16,000 raised this fall further proved people’s support for GCBC, these profits will sustain GCBC for another year.

But the fundraising isn’t over: SowHope pledged a matching grant of $20,000 that will be awarded by the end of January. GCBC hopes to raise the additional $20,000 by the end of 2018. This grant is the capital funding for building the birth center. 

You can help GCBC meet their end of the $20,000 goal right now: Click this link to donate to GCBC.

Updates from Haiti:

In early November, Ninotte went to The Foundation for the Advancement of Haitian Midwives (FAHM) second annual Midwifery Conference, this was her second time attending. Ninotte was grateful for FAHM’s invitation to the conference and happy to connect once again.

The Grand Bassin community showed great support for GCBC while Ninotte was in the US: they intervened when road construction by the GCBC site threatened to destroy the property’s fence. Ninotte said, “they revealed to us how much they appreciate, care and want the project to survive and sustain… We have a long way to go together and there is hope.”

Ninotte continues to do prenatal and postnatal checkups, and registration for the next segment of sexual education classes/crafting workshops, are now open. The classes begin December 2nd.

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A healthy postpartum mother and baby

Ninotte spoke again at Haitian schools to raise awareness of “violence in pregnancy and birth, consequences on the children brain development”. Ninotte looks forward to giving a large number of these presentations in the next six months.

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Thanks to the myriad of supporters in the US and Haiti, Ninotte and GCBC have the means to thrive in the year to come.

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Ninotte offered a Days for Girls presentation to 14 sixth graders in Terrier Rouge. Here she is with the students and their kits

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How YOU can support and help GCBC: 
Financially: 
Become a monthly donor and support GCBC’s education classes. Or make a one time donation: https://gracebirthcenter.org/donate/
Check out Tara Bella Botanicals
25% of the profits from the sale of TBB products go to Grace Community Birth Center.
Make Connections: 
If you know of organizations that can support GCBC, please set up a connection. To do so, please contact Kathi @ kathimulder@gmail.com
If you have ideas about ways to help financially sustain GCBC, please let us know.
Spread the Word: 
Encourage people to check out the website, tell your friends, encourage them to tell theirs.
Follow GCBC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebirthcenter/
Follow GCBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceBirthHaiti
To receive updates, enter your email in the sidebar.
Volunteer: 
If you are interested in volunteering please send an email explaining your interest and skillset: gracebirthcenter@gmail.com

 

Written by Nadia Daniels-Moehle

Join Us for a Fundraiser Northern Michigan on October 13th

GCBC Fundraiser flyer. Haiti. Ninotte Lubin. Grace Community Birth Center

To all Grace Community Birth Center (GCBC) supporters in the Northern Michigan area: We invite you to a Fundraiser to support the building of GCBC’s birth center.

On October 13th from 5:30—8:00pm we will gather in support of GCBC and Ninotte.

You can socialize with other GCBC enthusiasts with the communal goal of getting the birth center built.

5:30 Music by E-Minor & Friends

6:30 food truck Nepalese Have Another opens. Hard cider from Taproot, beer, and other beverages

7:00 Presentation by Ninotte Lubin, CPM from Grand Bassine, Haiti

Help GCBC reach their fundraising goal: donate and share what you can.

Take home some artwork from Haiti, Haitian Art Work for sale.

The fundraiser will be held at The Grand Traverse Circuit, 225 W Fourteenth St. Traverse City, MI 49684. 

Share and support: spread the word about the fundraiser, invite and bring a friend.

Don’t live in Northern Michigan or can’t make it to the fundraiser? You can still donate to GCBC, click this link to be directed to GCBC’s donations page.

Special thanks to Nature Michigan Retreat and Dance of Life Midwifery for sponsoring this event.

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How YOU can support and help GCBC: 
Financially: 
Become a monthly donor and support GCBC’s education classes. Or make a one time donation: https://gracebirthcenter.org/donate/
Check out Tara Bella Botanicals
25% of the profits from the sale of TBB products go to Grace Community Birth Center.
Make Connections: 
If you know of organizations that can support GCBC, please set up a connection. To do so, please contact Kathi @ kathimulder@gmail.com
If you have ideas about ways to help financially sustain GCBC, please let us know.
Spread the Word: 
Encourage people to check out the website, tell your friends, encourage them to tell theirs.
Follow GCBC on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gracebirthcenter/
Follow GCBC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/GraceBirthHaiti
To receive updates, enter your email in the sidebar.
Volunteer: 
If you are interested in volunteering please send an email explaining your interest and skillset: gracebirthcenter@gmail.com

 

Written by Nadia Daniels-Moehle