One year of giving: Stories of change

One year ago, Arlo & Co launched our partnership with the wonderful folks from i=Change, in our mission to build a business that positively impacts those less fortunate than ourselves. 

Through this partnership, $1 from every Arlo & Co order is donated to one of three life-changing charities.

To date, we are incredibly proud to say we have now donated over $32,000 to charities that improve the lives of vulnerable women and children, both in Australia, and across the globe. 

Read the the stories of those we’re helping, below

Helping tiny babies survive – ADARA DEVELOPMENT, UGANDA. 

roseBaby Rose’s Story:

Every year across the globe, 15 million babies are born too soon. Preterm birth is the leading cause of death among children under the age of five. In Uganda, extremely premature babies only have a 10% chance of survival, and 12,500 babies die every year because of preterm complications.

“I was very worried because in our culture, people say that babies of that size don’t survive,” says Susan who gave birth to baby Rose suddenly at home, when she was not even 30 weeks’ pregnant.

Baby Rose (shown here) beat those odds.

On arrival at the Adara-Kiwoko neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the staff started to monitor Rose’s vital signs. She was placed in a radiant warmer to moderate her body temperature. The nurses helped Susan express breastmilk to feed her baby through a tube.

Rose’s health began to improve and she started to grow. And now? Baby Rose has not only survived – she has thrived – and was discharged at 1.77 kilos.

“I am grateful to the Kiwoko NICU because I didn’t have any hope for my baby to survive. But my hope was rejuvenated because of the care the baby was given.”

Prevent women dying – NATIONAL BREAST CANCER FOUNDATION

Sinead ‘s Story:

“I am grateful that breast cancer research developed treatments that helped save my life. sineadBut we need even more research so that in the future no one will have to go through the gruelling treatment that I, and so many others, endure.

I want people to be aware that women of all ages can get this disease. Awareness and early diagnosis are essential to surviving breast cancer.

I am now celebrating each day of good health. I feel eternally grateful for the medical research that attributed to me getting back to good health once again. My husband and I feel positive and look forward to watching our children grow together in the years ahead.”

Feeding Aussies in crisis – FOODBANK AUSTRALIA

Sunita’s Story:

Imagine having just $50 a week to feed your family of four.

The Tekani family, including mum Sunita, 35, dad Taha, 35 and children Waimoana, 5, and Renata, 3, aren’t always sure if they’ll make ends meet and where their next meal will come from. Mr Tekani works as a labourer and the family live off just $1700 a fortnight.

pRV96uxgLittle Waimoana has a severe skin condition, which often requires hospitalisation, doctors visits and expensive dressings. Waimoana is also unable to regulate her own body temperature which requires the family to constantly have the air conditioning or heating on – resulting in hefty electricity bills.

After rent and bills they are left with just $50 a week to feed the family.

“We have definitely had to compromise with money and there have been times when we haven’t been able to even pay our rent” Mrs Tekani said. “There have also been times where we’ve had no food or I’ve had to feed the kids Weetbix for breakfast, lunch and dinner because that’s all we had in the house.”

The Tekani’s have recently been receiving food support and have said it has made a huge difference.

 

 

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