The Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster Foundation carries out activities that support Zonta International or projects that promote service outside of our community and have an international impact. These activities may be through direct financial assistance to Zonta International to fund projects or through hands-on activities that support Zonta initiatives.
For more than a decade Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster has been engaged in assembling safe birth kits for women who do not have availability to safe and sanitary birth conditions. Over 120 million women give birth every year. Eighty-six percent of babies are delivered in developing countries. Sixty million of these are women who either don’t have the assistance of a traditional birth attendant or no assistance at all. Half a million women die annually in childbirth, many from infection, tetanus and other complications. For every woman who dies in childbirth, around another 30% (15 million) incur injuries and infections, many of which are disabling, embarrassing and lifelong.
For as little as $2 a kit, a safe birth package is developed and used by NGO or other non-profits that assist in the birthing process. The kits address the “seven cleans” necessary for a safe birth, which include; plastic sheeting, gauze, soap, plastic gloves, razor blade and string or cord. While the kits themselves are critical components to safer births, they are temporary, and their usefulness is limited. However, the NGOs preach sustainability and involve the women on the ground when they deliver the kits. These organizations then train local women to serve as midwives for delivery of babies
Assembly of birthing kits is an annual event. Zonta Cheektowaga-Lancaster partners with other Zonta Club including Buffalo and Hamburg-Orchard Park. The Z Club which consists of high school students also participates in the annual event.