Nurture Project International is a US based nonprofit organization committed to ensuring special protection for the most vulnerable women and children – victims of war, disasters, extreme poverty, all forms of violence and exploitation, and those with disabilities.
Nurture Project International is non-partisan, secular, and its cooperation is free of discrimination. Nurture Project International protects the rights of women and children who are experiencing disaster and crisis and responds to meet their basic nutritional needs.
Nurture Project International is dedicated to upholding the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) which outlines protection for all children and states that all children are entitled the rights to life and development and adequate nutrition and healthcare.
Nurture Project International is volunteer run and relies on individual donations for funding.
- To provide technical assistance for Infant and Young Child Feeding in Emergencies (IYCF-E) in line with the BMS Code of Conduct and the Operational Guidance for Breastmilk Substitutes.
- To offer nutritional support to pregnant and lactating women and children under 5 years old.
- To ensure that pregnant women are receiving prenatal care and support through pregnancy, birth, and during the newborn period.
- To offer mentoring and consultation to actors in the field regarding IYCF-E to ensure best practices and consistent messaging.
Mothers are taught to introduce solids from six months of age through our baby picnics and complementary feeding classes
We spend 97% of our resources directly on our programs
Free basic prenatal care from EU licensed midwives
Our volunteers come from all walks of life and come from across the globe. midwives, IBCLCs, nutritionists, translators, and lay
Nurture Project International (NPI) was formally registered as a US non-profit in March 2016 by Brooke Bauer, MPH, a health and human rights advocate and infant feeding specialist, in response to the Refugee Crisis in Europe and the Middle East. NPI began operations in Greece on March 23rd 2016 in two locations. The first location was in Polycastro, Greece at an informal refugee camp at an EKO petrol station. The second location was in Chios, Greece, an island near the border of Turkey.
At the end of March, as a result of the EU/Turkey deal, arrival of refugees from Turkey decreased dramatically. Additionally, the border of Macedonia was closed to any refugees and the situation in Greece became stagnant. Currently there are approximately 58,000 refugees living in camps throughout Greece.
Since June 2016 we have operated in four camps surrounding Thessaloniki; Kalochori SK Market, Sindos Karamanlis, Elpida and are conducting outreach to Alexandria camp.
Peer to Peer Support
NPI has been in partnership with More than Shelters regarding a peer support project starting in Za’atari camp, Jordan. More than Shelters had received funding to set up a tent and NPI staff would identify key members of the community and provide peer support training. The refugees would then hold mother support groups for breastfeeding and childbirth education.
NPI has been working with a staff member from Operation Mercy in Kurdish Iraq who would like to partner with NPI and provide support there. This is in the very beginning stages of development and a full project outline is not currently developed.
We are working closely with a team of high school students from the US who are developing an App that will provide peer to peer support to refugees through their smart phones. Most refugees have smart phones and all of the camps have WIFI.
- To provide technical lactation support, relactation support, detailed assessments and follow up care plans, and the provision of breastmilk substitutes if breastfeeding is not possible.
- To decrease the number of malnourished infants and pregnant and lactating women by providing comprehensive nutritional support in the form of food packs, micronutrient support, and community management of malnutrition.
- To provide free basic prenatal care from EU licensed midwives
- To include psychosocial support in all areas of programming including trauma support, education and classes, infant hygiene stations, and relaxation and bonding sessions for mothers and their babies.
- To promote the equal rights of women and girls and to support their full participation in the political, social, and economic development of their communities.
- To facilitate community-driven peer support networks where women can feel empowered and find information, support, and access to resources.
- To work closely with other NGOs and volunteers to ensure that appropriate referrals and best practices are in place with regards to prenatal care, childbirth, and IYCF-E.
ADDITIONAL PROGRAMS, ACTIVITIES AND ACCOMPLISHMENTS
BABY BATHING: We offer a baby bathing tent where our lay volunteers schedule mothers through the day to come and bath their babies. We offer diapers and clothes after the child has been washed.
BREASTMILK SUBSTITUTE SUPPORT: After an assessment mothers who require infant formula are given ready to use infant formula. For children up to 6 months we buy the formula from a local pharmacy and for children from 6 months to one year we provide tins that we buy in the local supermarket. In the Google Drive you will find our Standard Operating Procedures for Breastmilk Substitutes.
NUTRITION SUPPORT: We provide complementary nutrition packets for children up to two years of age. Brooke is currently working with a UNICEF nutrition consultant to create a comprehensive nutrition program. You will find the Nutrition Program Proposal in the Google Drive.
ADVOCACY: NPI has been advocating for the needs of refugee mothers and infants on a national level in Athens. Besides attending the national Health and Nutrition meeting, we have also met with international and other actors to advocate and coordinate for the huge nutritional and infant feeding needs across Greece.
Our site coordinator Autumn spoke with the EU Commissioner on Children’s Rights Margaret Tuite and advocated for a more appropriate nutrition response and highlighted human rights violations that she had witnessed on the ground.
We are also working with global experts in childbirth to advocate for best practices for birthing mothers. We have signed a petition that has been send to the Minister of Migration. The petition is located in the Google Drive.
NPI has a site coordinator, an infant feeding team lead who is a midwife or lactation consultant, and an on-site volunteer coordinator.
We ask our coordinators to commit for 6 weeks and some commit for longer.
Our volunteers are responsible for all of their own travel and pay €10 per night for housing.
Volunteers apply through our virtual volunteer coordinator and then are transferred to the in-field coordinator. They remain in contact with someone from the virtual team through to their placement. After their placement they are sent an evaluation and feedback form from our Volunteer Director.
We have five volunteer positions available. Midwife, lactation consultant, nutritionist, lay volunteer, psychosocial support (trauma consultants, infant massage instructors, etc.). Volunteers tend to stay for 1 to 8 weeks with 2 weeks being the most common length of stay. There may be more than one in each position depending on availability for the volunteers.
Our midwives provide basic prenatal care and emotional support to mothers. They also coordinate and run educational activities and classes in the camps.
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