A Ripple of Kindness: How Supporting Mothers Can Transform lives

May 17, 2023

I am Lela Precious Dolo, a young Liberian medical student passionate about creating positive changes in my society. I hold a BSc. Degree in Biology and Chemistry from Stella Maris Polytechnic University-Liberia and a Health and Cultural Exchange certificate from the OST-University and Linth Hospital-Switzerland.

Over the years, I have raised funds for and implemented several impact-driven projects in and around my community, including capacity-building workshops for youth and food distribution to less fortunate families during COVID-19. In 2021, I initiated a project called “Help a Mother and Newborn in Liberia,” geared towards addressing challenges faced in reducing maternal and newborn deaths in Liberia.  In addition to managing this great project and being a medical student, I am using my skills and expertise to raise awareness of mental health issues, fight stigma, and advocate for improved services as a mental health champion for The Carter Center mental health program in Liberia.

In life, we all have a calling and a purpose of life. Mine is service to others through creating change and expressing humanity.

This story took place in Liberia

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(Marthalyn and her two babies)

As someone who has dedicated my life to empowering women to take control of their health and access quality services, I have seen firsthand the immense challenges that mothers, and their babies face every day. I have encountered many devastating situations since I started my project “Help a Mother and Newborn in Liberia” that have struck me to the core including a young girl named Marthalyn. When I met her, a young 18-year-old girl with a disability, and her 2 weeks old twin boys, I knew our team had to do everything in our power to support them. 

She has experienced a series of unimaginable hardships, from abuse that led to her pregnancy to the daily struggles of providing for her children. But despite it all, she never lost hope and tried her best to take care of her babies.

Determined to make a significant difference in the lives of Marthalyn and her babies as we have been doing for women with similar situations, we launched an online fundraiser, urging those who support the work we do to contribute. The response was overwhelming, and in just a few days, we raised $125,00 Liberian Dollars in donations that would help us provide the essential things they needed. 

With the money raised, we provided this young lady and her babies with rice, sardines, luncheon meat, oil, milk, clothes, and diapers, along with some cash to help them cover their daily expenses for the next few months. But our goal was not just to provide temporary relief. We wanted to empower this young lady to become self-sufficient and provide a better future for her and her children. So, we helped her start a small business.

Marthalyn’s transformation was incredible. With the resources we provided, her babies were healthy and growing, and she had the knowledge and tools to care for them. She was also able to provide for herself and her children through her business, which gave her a sense of pride and independence.

This story is a testament to the power of kindness and generosity. One act of kindness can create a ripple effect that positively impacts an entire community. By empowering mothers like Marthalyn, we can create a kinder, more compassionate world for all. 

Our work doesn’t stop with this young lady and her babies. We are committed to supporting as many mothers and babies as possible in our community and beyond, ensuring they have access to the care and resources they need to thrive. And I hope that by sharing this story, others can be inspired to join us in creating this ripple of kindness that transforms lives.

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