Children and women are at the heart of everything we do and we are committed to helping both achieve a better quality of life. Volunteers can make a huge difference at Universal Hands Foundation. You too can make a positive change in someone’s life when you join us.
We may be a relatively small charity but we do a big job. We deliver services and provide help and information to families throughout the States who rely on our support to release the potential of their child, or children, who are micro preemies at birth. You can volunteer your time, money or both.
Clean water is a very basic necessity that needs to be met for a person to stay alive and healthy. But in some communities in the remote areas of Ghana and Africa, families do not have access to potable and clean water. That is why we have made this an organizational mission to provide these families with a steady and sustainable source of water for them and their future children to benefit from.
We assist Women entrepreneurs in developing countries to “Start, Sustain, and Grow” their small businesses in rural communities to bring about social change.
- Training and Empowerment: Women in Business 101
- The Shea Butter Project in Ghana, West Africa
Fundraising & Sponsorship
Help spread the word about UHF ongoing projects and the vital work we do by getting friends and family members to fundraise. It’s a fantastic way to raise funds.
Fundraising Event Ideas
Sponsors can hold events to raise money for UHF projects.
- Coffee mornings
- School fundraising events
- Charity auctions and more
A micro preemie is a baby who is born weighing less than 1 pound, 12 ounces (800 grams) or before 26 weeks gestation. Since these types of babies are born months before their due dates, micro preemies face long stays in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).
- Provide support and networking for parents with micro preemies
- How to care for NICU babies
- Post-NICU discharge assistance and community based services
Causes for Premature Birth:
What Causes Premature birth?
All around the world, the cause of premature labor is unknown for some mothers because they do all the right things but still have premature birth.
However, there are a variety of reasons for a mother to go into labor early. Histories of women giving premature birth show several risk factors: poverty, poor prenatal care, poor nutrition, smoking, alcohol abuse, and drug abuse.
When parents first get to know their new born will remain in NICU for several months, often they feel heartbroken and will go through an emotional challenge and turbulent process. It’s hard enough that you have to leave your kid in the hospital. You have to come to terms with changing plans and frequent visits to and from the NICU. This process could be daunting. The best person to talk to is someone who has faced the same problems and is now getting on with life. It can be uplifting to see another family making progress together.
It is also helpful to have another family in your area who know the local support services and can give a local perspective on crucial issues like getting to know how to deal with the Wait Game or applying for Special Assistance after discharge.
If you need to talk to someone or if you would like to volunteer to help other parents, contact Universal Hands Foundation at 410-753-9003 ext 809. Email us.
Some information Universal Hands Foundation provides for families include:
- How to select the right pediatrician for your micro preemie
- How to prepare your child for discharge
- How to care for your newborn outside of the NICU environment
We are always happy to provide information packs and sponsorship forms if you need them, or visit the ONLINE GIVING to make a donation.