2012 has been an interesting year at Busfare Babies.
We have been privileged to have received generous support from many unexpected sources.
These include friends and private individuals who have generously contributed monthly amounts. Max Bastard is a special friend who needs special mention, for his funding alone has floated the Birth Centre for a full year. Many many thanks Max!
Zita West Clinic in London and Yehudi Gordon were also funders this year. Both have been very supportive and interested in the work of Busfare Babies. Being a new organization their support has been crucial and much appreciated.
Funds were gathered in April by WILD WOMEN ON THE RUN. A group of 17 women who took time out of their busy lives to do a 3 day long run (averaging 30km per day) in order to raise funds a generous portion of which went to Busfare Babies Birth Centre. Women running for women. We really appreciate the support from the Wild Women on the Run. All of you women are an inspiration. To read about this epic run please have a look at http://kimvankets.com/wild-woman-on-the-run/
This was followed by the passionate and hard work of a group of Doulas in Johannesburg putting on the Karen Brody Bold production of “BIRTH” in Johannesburg in August 2012. Nomvula and I took the opportunity of taking the train to Johannesburg to attend the opening of this courageous and informative production aimed at informing women and encouraging them to look carefully at their birth choices and to demand better care.
This production took a lot of hard work and time from already busy women juggling children, doula work and life in general. Thank you for your time and passion and for the proceeds that you have given to Busfare Babies Birth Centre.
Such generosity and such commitment of women for women. Thank you all.
Nomvula has now been assisting me at the birth house for 2 years. We have attended many amazing births together and she has had the opportunity to learn a lot. This initial time had been necessary for her to become familiar with the work of a midwife and we are planning to register for her to start her official training to become a midwife through the NARM (North American Register of Midwives) program in January 2013.
Our latest and most exciting news is that the land in Bodiam village that we have waited four years to obtain will be ours in December 2012. This heralds a new phase for the Birth Centre and we look forward to all the challenges and possibilities that this will afford.