Welcome To Stella Marina

Making a difference one baby at a time . . .

Blessing of the Kits by Father Robert Cilinski.

Blessings Indeed! 1,200 Birthing Kits assembled by hundreds of parishioners after Masses at Nativity on March 11, 2018, all coordinated by a most amazing group of dedicated and inspiring women.

Upcoming Events

New Born Kits Build - September 22 at Nativity Church

Stella Marina's first mission trip was a huge success. Anna Forde - one of the group who traveled to Haiti with us in June - took hours of film from our trip and has turned it into a great video.  The video has lovely highlights from our trip including testimonials from several midwives and time spent with the people who live in villages built by Church of the Nativity through Food for the Poor.  Enjoy!   (Watching this video makes us eager for our next mission trip.)  Watch the video to see this amazing journey.

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What Goes Into A Birthing Kit

Our Mission

Seeing the picture of the Shada slum midwives on the Fish4Hope Facebook page brought back strong memories of births that nearly cost two women their lives. However, they were blessed to be in the United States and to have quality medical care ready to save them and their children. Meg Hanrahan wanted to do something to help these midwives and the women and children they served. Melinda Engelbrektsson had been to the Shada slum and could not imagine the conditions under which the women gave birth. Armed with lists of needs from Dr. Maklin and Madam Bwa, they began to make a big impact but at a small cost.

Host A baby shower!!!!

Thank you to Kristen Arseneau and the guests at Kelsey Cole's baby shower for donating enough items to create 70 newborn kits for the moms in Shada. This looks like a great way to celebrate during a baby shower by extending the blessing of a newborn kit. We are blessed! Thank you Linnette Le for organizing a birthing kit build at your sister-in-law’s baby shower! Linnette and her guests put together 150 kits for the midwives and moms in the Shada slums. Baby showers are a great time to help the mothers in Haiti. Contact us if you are interested in organizing a build at your shower.

How Operation Starfish Began

The Inspiration behind Operation Starfish that helped Launch Stella Marina. Watch the video to learn how it all began.

Check Out Our Photo Gallery From Past Events

August 2017 Kit Build

March 2018 Kit Build

CNU Kit Build/Third Hand

Preparing Kits/Supplies To Haiti


Hosting Donut Sunday

Stella Marina recently served at Donut Sunday  and had the opportunity to allow parishioners to learn more about the program. These two young girls were inspired by the story and kindly donated to the Stella Marina Cause. Nice job girls!!!!

How Can You Help

If you are interested in Voluteering for any of our events, please contact us at Melinda@stellamarina.org

If you are interested in donating new born kits or birthing kit supplies, please contact us.

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