Breastfeeding CHAMPion

Each week our sister organization in the US, CHEER, nominates a breastfeeding CHAMPion of the week. This week’s ChAMPion is a special young woman living in Greece. “Elise” (name changed to protect confidentiality) is a refugee living in an Athens shelter, with her husband and baby. The family sought refuge here from the ongoing war…

Infant massage at Eleonas camp

Today, September 23rd, CHEERing held an infant massage session for mothers and babies living at the Eleonas camp. Shaista Karimi, our interpreter, breastfeeding counselor, and certified physiotherapist, led the session. It is hard to describe how moving it is, when calm descends on a room full of concerned mothers and crying infants when Shaista begins…

Breastfeeding and reproductive health for Dads and Dads to be!

September 2019: Thanks to funding from WABA (the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action), CHEERing held the first 2 of 4 training and support sessions for fathers this month, around breastfeeding and reproductive health. Dr Tomas Andriotti (2nd from left), a Brazilian obstetrician visiting with CHEERing from Harvard University in the USA, taught the sessions at…

Congrats to Shaista!

Shaista Karimi, CHEERing’s wonderful Farsi translator, is now officially our breastfeeding counselor as well! Shaista completed the Lactation Education Resources 20 hours online course which gives her an in-depth knowledge of lactation and breastfeeding’s contextual setting. We are grateful to Shaista for all her help, and to Help Refugees who helped fund CHEERing to train…

Sessions: Basic First Aid

Last month, our team ran a first aid training session for mothers, fathers, and shelter staff at Elna Maternity Center. Our volunteer, Becca, used her background as a medical student to cover topics such as burns, fainting, choking, panic attacks, bleeding, and CPR (pictured!), with help from Shaista, who has extensive experience as a nurse…

CHEERing vaccination checker: Updated to new standards

We at CHEERing have updated our vaccine checker tool, to help our team and the aid field at large, to assess infant vaccination status among refugees in Greece. The Greek vaccination schedule was adjusted in the summer of 2019, and our new chart reflects that update. We have also added a visual aid showing where…

CHEERing wins WABA Seed Grant

WABA (the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Advocacy) has awarded a prestigious Seed Grant to CHEERing in World Breastfeeding Week, to further our work with refugees in Greece. In sync with WBW’s goal of “Empower Parents, Enable Breastfeeding”, and a particular focus on fathers, CHEERing will use the funds to present sessions to engage refugee fathers…

Thanks to the Welcome Foundation!

CHEERing thanks the Welcome Foundation https://www.welcomefoundation.org/ for kindly supplying us with a measuring mat and other basic needs like growth charts and hygiene basics, all so badly needed for our daily visits to the camps and shelters. The measuring mat is so popular that mothers are lining up to use it! And it makes our…

CHEERing receives funds from Help Refugees!

CHEERing is honored to announce receipt of funding from Help Refugees, an international organization devoted to improving refugee lives around the world https://helprefugees.org/ . The funds will mainly be used to pay and train our Farsi, Arabic, French and other translators working with us at Skaramagas, Oinofyta, and Eleonas camps, and at the Elna Maternity…

Busy day at Eleonas camp!

Today, June 21st, CHEERing had a super-busy day at Eleonas! We had 26 women attend our mother/baby session, including lots of new moms with babies to be weighed, and many pregnant women. CHEERing works with Project Elea to support breastfeeding mothers and help pregnant women prepare to breastfeed. Many thanks to our project team, Airinie,…