Welcome To Stella Marina
Making a difference one baby at a time . . .
An Advent Blessing
This is from Rev. Jack Martin, a pastor who started schools in Haiti, and whom we helped by taking boxes of music and instruments on our container to get them to Haiti.
Stella Marina in the News!!
October Shipment Completed
The Stella Marina Team Got together in Mid October and packed up the truck with supplies that will be delivered Haiti. Dr. Maklin send a message and let us know that the shipment arrived safely and was transported to the hospital in Cap Haitien.
So thankful for our new partnership with St Mary of the Immaculate Conception in Fredericksburg,VA
This parish made 1,000 birthing kits this fall! They loved the project and said they are looking forward to doing it again. So happy to see our mission spread!
Stella Marina Newborn Kit Collection Drive Was a Huge Success
The Stella Marina team is very appreciative of the many donations made at our recent newborn kit drive on July 13 - 14.
Stella Marina Kit Build September 21
Many volunteers came to Nativity to help build 1200 kits in record time. During the build Girl Scout, Kathryn W. shared her Girl Scout Gold Award project with the more than 60 volunteers at the kit build. Kathryn is using volunteers to make reusable sanitary pads for the women in Haiti. Heartelt thanks to Kathryn and all the other volunteers who helped.
Midwife training completed on June 27th in Cap Haitian at New Hope Hospital
Midwife bags with flashlight, digital blood pressure device and Doppler ultrasound, made possible by a Nativity parishioner, were given to everyone during the training. Instruction was provided on the correct usage of each device (by video) by the Labor and Delivery nurses at Fair Oaks Hospital.
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Food For The Poor Features Stella Marina
Food For The Poor Article Highlights Stella Marina's Great Work. " Virginia Group Gives Newborns in Haiti a Better Chance at Life"
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.
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January 2020 - Haiti trip interest meeting (time and date forthcoming)
June 2020 - Operation Starfish Haiti Mission Trip
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.
What Goes Into Our Birthing and Newborn Kits
Are You Looking For An Opportunity To Help?
If you are an individual or a group that is looking to help, Stella Marina has many great ideas to help you get started. We are always looking for help with the following:
- Contacting companies/groups that may be willing to donate supplies
- Cutting bags/strings for the kits
- Preparing kits
- Building kits
- Host a baby Shower
Just contact us and we will be happy to discuss and show you how you can help. Contact us at Melinda@stellamarina.org