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FROM: Dr. Cheryl Hettman and Prof. Suzanne Palko RE: GOT SOAP? Calling All Students/Student Clubs, Faculty, And Staff
11/1/2012 11:28:34 AM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff

GOT SOAP?  Calling All Students/Student Clubs, Faculty, And Staff


What’s SOAP got to do with it, you ask? 


·         Women who give birth in many foreign lands are often without the essential healthcare services that we have readily available in the United States.


·         In particular, it is not uncommon for women in Africa and other developing countries to give birth on the ground in very remote areas.


·         In order to help provide a safer, healthier birthing environment under these conditions, BIRTHING KITS which contain simple items like soap, cord, plastic, etc. are provided through organizations such as the Zonta Club of Washington County, Inc. (a chapter of Zonta, International – a service organization which assists/advocates for women in need: )



Faculty members and members of Zonta, Dr. Cheryl Hettman and Prof. Suzanne Palko,

invite you to join the Department of Nursing faculty, staff, and students in a


Birthing Kits Community Service Project





1.  Join the project as individuals or through your Cal U clubs/groups, classes, etc.


2.  Gather the supplies listed below as donations for the project (from your family, friends, student groups, businesses that you may know of, etc.)


3.  Drop off the supplies/donations to one of the following facilities at the day/time listed:


Tuesday or Thursday mornings – 7am to 11:30am – Department of Nursing, Morgan Hall, Room 333

Monday, November 19 – 2pm to 5pm - Natali Student Performance Center



4.  Help pack the Birthing Kits on Monday, November 19th 5-7PM in Natali Student Performance Center. Completed kits will be shipped to Gambia, Africa for distribution through GAMCO TRAP (Gambia Committee on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and Children) which promotes the rights of women & children working towards a Gambia free of female genital mutilation and other harmful traditional practices.



**Supplies Needed **

Soap (small hotel-sized bars

Umbilical Cord Tape or clamps (available at

Gauze pads(4x4 inch)

Quart sized clear zip lock bags

Latex Gloves



Any questions, please contact Suzanne Palko at or 724-938-1621.