Project 1Z

Through Project 1Z, volunteers collect onesies and t-shirts for donation to infants in Africa. In collaboration with Operation Karibu, the baby clothes are an incentive for women to give birth in hospitals and birthing centers, much safer than giving birth at home.

According to Dr. Moka Lantum, public health expert and founder of Operation Karibu, “despite the accessibility of hospitals and their clear-cut advantages over home births, women are often too proud or ashamed to visit a hospital -- feeling they're not suitably dressed or they don't belong there socially.” As a consequence, up to 1,000 mothers and 10,000 children die per every 100,000 deliveries.
The onesies will be the centerpiece of a "Mama Kit" to encourage the mothers, some as young as 15, to utilize the hospitals. 

See recent coverage of Project 1Z on 13-WHAM TV.
New or used cotton t-shirts, any size or color, may be dropped off for donation at the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester, 441 East Avenue or Operation Karibu at Sheridan Movers, 1350 University Ave. Collection barrels are also located at the Jewish Community Center and Wolk Children’s Center, 1200 Edgewood Avenue, (Feb. 22 – March 14), at locations in Strong Memorial Hospital, 600 Elmwood Avenue, through the Professional Nursing Council (Feb. 29 – March 9) and at Hillel Community Day School, 191 Fairfield Drive (until June 1).
If interested in getting involved in this tikkun olam (repairing the world) project, please contact