There’s a word in the Malagasy Language that is a description of when someone is consumed with poverty and the effects of it on their lives... sahirana. The women involved with Sarobidy Creations are sahirana. Their stories are numerous and heartbreaking: multiple children without fathers, mothers without jobs, without the ability to send their kids to school or access medical care - without hope.
Sarobidy Creations was established to come alongside the hardworking, dream-filled yet impoverished women who are daily struggling to provide for their families. Sarobidy develops beautiful handcrafted items and employs local Malagasy women to make the items as well as partners with existing artisan projects to bring the unique Malagasy crafted items to those in the USA.
Sarobidy is the word for “precious” in Malagasy. The lives of these women are precious, their hope is precious and the work of their hands is precious. By purchasing the products of Sarobidy Creations, you can be a part of this redeeming work, providing jobs and offering hope to women in Madagascar. A portion of all proceeds benefits located in Mahajanga, Madagascar.
The Sarobidy Maternity Center
Women throughout the world deliver their babies at home, alone and unassisted. Other times, they deliver in facilities that are understocked in equipment, medications and professional resources. In both instances, when complications arise, disaster ensues. Babies die, women die, children are orphaned and families are broken. Madagascar is no different. Here, a woman’s lifetime risk that she’ll die in childbirth is 1 in 45. Just for comparison, the rate is 1 in 3,800 in developing countries.
The Sarobidy Maternity Center is slowly and passionately working to change this– one mother and one baby at a time.
At the heart of our 12-month long program is a midwifery model that is based on quality medical care, compassion, love and relationship building. We know the women by name, we know their stories, we cry with them, rejoice with them and pray with them. We walk with them through their pregnancy, support them through a safe delivery and postpartum period, and empower them with knowledge to care for their new babies.
Sarobidy is the word for precious in Malagasy. We believe that life is precious and that the family unit is precious. We believe that every woman has the right to quality and compassionate medical care and education as it relates to her pregnancy, baby, birth and the time following birth.