map) 9:30 - 12:00 Noon.
This year's letter-writing campaign, entitled "Survive and Thrive,"
urges Congress to prioritize support for global maternal and child health
programs, emphasizing nutrition. We will view the video for this year's campaign, review resource materials and answer questions.
Our featured speaker is Hellen M. Mbithi, a pediatric nurse at the University of New Mexico's Children's Hopsital. Hellen, a member of St. John XXIII Catholic Community in Albuquerque, was born and raised in the small village of Ngai, in
the Eastern Province of Kenya(See her full biography below). She will tell us more about how a lack of nutrition in for mothers and infants can impact the development of children. Hellen wil also tell us about the challenges of rural communities like hers in finding adequate health care, and how she is working to improve access to medical care in Ngai.
In 2015, 20 churches in Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Gallup and Truchas participated in our Offering of Letters, generating more than 2,000 letters to Congress on an initiative to renew the Child Nutrition Act and protect feeding programs for children. We hope to match or increase the numbers this year, both in terms of the number of participating churches and the number of letters generated to Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, Rep. Steve Pearce, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, Sen. Tom Udall, and Sen. Martin Heinrich. We have created an Event on Facebook for the Offering of Letters workshop.
Our Featured Speaker
Hellen M. Mbithi was born and raised in the small village of Ngai, in
the Eastern Province of Kenya, in Eastern Africa. After completing
secondary school, she travelled to the capital city of Nairobi to train
as a nurse. After graduating with an associate’s degree in nursing from
the Cicely McDonnell School of Nursing in 2003, Hellen worked as a
Registered Nurse and Midwife. She worked at Nairobi Hospital and Muthale Mission Hospital between 2003-2006.
In 2007 Hellen journeyed to the
United States and after passing the NCLEX started working as a RN in
Texas. She later worked as a travel nurse visiting several states
specializing in dialysis.
In 2009, Hellen was attracted to the warm
desert climate of New Mexico. She began working at Fresenius Medical
care in 2009. Since 2010, she has also worked in pediatric infusion and
dialysis at The University of New Mexico Children’s Hospital. Hellen
enjoys taking care of both adults and pediatric patients,
compassionately helping those with acute and chronic renal conditions.
has a passion to help the poor and the sick. Having lived in Kenya most
of her life, Hellen knows first-hand what it feels like to go to bed on
an empty stomach. This first hand experience inspires her to work hard
to bring needed changes in her village. Having witnessed so many
children die of malnutrition, and having witnessed pregnant mothers or
their babies being lost in childbirth - Hellen has a passion to save
lives as a nurse and a midwife.