|Volume 2, Issue 2 - August 2008
Your support of La Leche League International has helped further our
mission to help mothers and babies. Read on to find out about our new
Development Director, Holly Stevens, and our progress in translating
LLLI materials into many languages. We hope you enjoy these articles in
addition to others in this edition of Donor News. If there are topics
you'd like to know more about, we'd like to hear from you. Our contact
information is listed at the end of this newsletter.
Holly, Amy, and Pam
Recent Funding Opportunities
|Japanese Weekend Maternity Supports World Breastfeeding Week
honor of World Breastfeeding Week during the month of August, Japanese
Weekend Maternity will donate a portion of sales of selected nursing
merchandise to La Leche League International. Japanese Weekend
Maternity designs and carries contemporary, functional, and comfortable
maternity and nursing wear. Japanese Weekend, made in the USA,
supporting mothers-to-be since 1982. For details visit www.japaneseweekend.com.
||Isdell Family Foundation Grant
A generous grant made by the Isdell Family Foundation of Atlanta,
Georgia, USA has been awarded to La Leche League International (LLLI)
to support the New Mother Packets initiative. This project aims to
provide hospitals and physicians' offices with packets of LLLI
materials to support new mothers.
LLLI Materials Translated Into Many Languages
Holly Stevens in front of the LLLI Giving Tree
|New LLLI Development Director
We are pleased to
welcome Holly Stevens, our new Development Director. Holly has a B.A.
Degree in Arts Management with a minor in Business Administration, and
has over 20 years of experience in development work for nonprofit
organizations. Highlights of her work include: implementing a
nationally recognized fundraising model for Canine Companions for
Independence's Southeast Region in Orlando, Florida, USA that resulted
in significant increase in revenue; transforming a Carnegie Library
building in Lafayette, Indiana, USA into an active community cultural
center;and restructuring and adding cultural and educational programs
for the Largo Cultural Center in Largo, Florida USA, resulting in increased
In addition, she served as an arts consultant to performing
arts centers in Australia, including the internationally known Sydney
Opera House. Holly will be working full-time at the LLLI office in
Schaumburg, Illinois, USA. Holly was recently married and she and her
husband, Malcolm S. Brown, live in Evanston with their dog, Riley.
A lot of progress has been made in translating La Leche League
International (LLLI) materials on breastfeeding from English into other
languages. Many of the translations are done by volunteer Leaders around the world so that LLLI
materials continue to be available to mothers and health care providers
in their native languages.
Funding support is primarily needed for printing and shipping
these materials to mothers who do not have access to the Internet. For
those interested in supporting our translation work, please visit www.llli.org
to make a general donation.
|Spanish is the language most frequently requested for
translations. Maria del Mar Mazza, LLLI Liason for the Hispanic
community, has facilitated translations from English into Spanish for
many publications and materials. These resources are either in print or
posted on the LLLI Web site.
Materials posted on the Web site are helpful to both Spanish-speaking mothers and
the health care professionals who work with the Hispanic population.
Many Leaders in Latin America also work with Maria on these activities.
- The tear-off sheet on Storing Human Milk, which was revised in June 2008, has been translated into Spanish. Conservación de la leche humana includes evidence-based research and helpful guidelines pertinent to human milk storage.
- Guía de lactancia: Consejos y productos, the Spanish translation of the LLLI information guide Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products,
provides answers to pregnant and new moms’ frequently asked questions.
A product listing is also included. This is available on the LLLI Web
site. Funding for the printing and distribution of a Spanish
information guide is needed.
- Four articles
about breastfeeding during pregnancy and re-lactation from New Beginnings, the only magazine dedicated to breastfeeding and related
topics, have recently been uploaded to the LLLI Web site.
- Selected articles regarding the 2008 World Breastfeeding Week theme, Mother Support: Going for the Gold, are now available in Spanish on the LLLI Web site.
|Hirkani’s Daughters has been translated into Las Hijas de Hirkani
and posted as a PDF on the LLLI Web site. The 300-page book is a
compilation of inspirational tales from women around the world, telling
their stories of how they overcame various obstacles to continue
breastfeeding. Each woman shares how she evaluated her options, and
took the path that worked best for her family. Maria del Mar Mazza is
seeking funding for the printing of 300 books for distribution in the
Russian – Natalie Wilson, LLL Leader who coordinates
Russian translations, recently posted five articles on the LLLI Web
site, and distributed these to Russian doctors and mothers. These
translations include articles from both Leaven and New Beginnings, as well as information about La Leche League.
Chinese, Arabic, and Mongolian –
Areas in Asia and the Middle East hope to upload to the LLLI Web site
digital versions of the various completed translations of tear-off
sheets and pamphlets. This has already been done with some Chinese
translations. LLL Leaders are currently in the process of translating
additional LLLI publications into three Chinese dialects (Hong Kong,
Taiwan, and Beijing), as well as Arabic and Mongolian.
Greek – Several publications have been translated into Greek and are readily available for mothers to access on the LLLI Web site.
Requests for Translations
– There are numerous requests for LLLI materials in Arabic, mainly for
Arab immigrant populations. Arabic is one of six official languages in
the United Nations, spoken by 250,000,000 people worldwide. The
priority for Arabic translations is tear-off sheets, which cover a
broad range of topics in a concise format, and can be translated
quickly with minimal expense.
Afrikáans – In South Africa, translations of LLLI materials into Afrikáans are underway.
Hats off to Tania, LLL Leader in Bulgaria
Tania Ruseva of Bulgaria is one of thousands of LLL Leaders worldwide
who is a shining example of multi-tasking. Her great work includes
leading two LLL Groups, working with six Leader Applicants, translating
LLLI materials into Bulgarian, and raising five-year-old Maya with her husband, Borislav.
From information Tania has gathered, it is apparent that mothers in
Bulgaria desperately need more resources available in their native
language. Such materials are an essential part of ensuring that the 95%
of Bulgarian mothers who initiate breastfeeding continue past the early
months. Tania has translated two LLLI brochures, one about the early
days of breastfeeding and the other about breastfeeding and employment,
and was able to find graphic designers to donate their time to work on
Tania is just one example of the many Leaders worldwide who need
funding for translations, one of the core projects in the Strategic
Plan for La Leche League International.
New Breastfeeding Guide
The Publications Department is pleased to announce its second edition of Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products.
This informational piece features answers to frequently asked
breastfeeding questions. The new milk storage guidelines, breastfeeding
and employment, and nursing in public are among some of the topics
addressed. A listing of helpful books and products is also included.
Copies of this booklet are available for free (plus the cost of shipping)
through the LLLI Web site. These are distributed at various
conferences, exhibits, clinics, and hospitals. Breastfeeding Guide: Tips and Products will also be a part of the New Mother Packet initiative.
Celebrating the Life of Edwina Froehlich, LLLI Co-Founder
La Leche League International lost one of its Founders, Edwina
Froehlich, on June 8, 2008. Over 300 people gathered on July 12 at Elk
Grove High School in Elk Grove Village, Illinois, USA to celebrate the
life of this remarkable woman. Edwina helped advance breastfeeding
around the world since the start of La Leche League in 1956. She was
always vibrant with an optimistic spirit and openness to new ideas, and
she had a love of learning and a desire to make other’s lives better.
The memorial celebration reflected Edwina’s personality through photos,
conversations, and tributes by her family and friends.
The Froehlich family asks that donations be made to La Leche League
International to continue the wonderful work that Edwina began over 50
years ago. Memorial gifts should be sent to LLLI, Edwina Froehlich
Memorial Fund, 957 N. Plum Grove Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA or by
La Leche League International
957 N. Plum Grove Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173 USA
Thank you so much for your ongoing support of our mission. If you
have questions about the material presented in this newsletter or any
other questions for the Development Department, please don't hesitate
to contact us. We value your input and involvement in the LLLI
(847) 519-7730, ext. 201
(847) 519-7730, ext. 240
Major Gifts Officer
(847) 519-7730, ext. 257
FDassociate@llli.org reaches all three of us if you're not sure whom to contact.