Have you heard of the organisation Send Hope Not Flowers? It aims to reduce the maternal mortality rate in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Indonesia, Timor-Leste and the Solomon Islands.

I first heard of Dr Barry Kirby after watching a profile of him on Foreign Correspondent. After discovering a young woman dying on a road in PNG, he trained as a doctor and now works tirelessly to reduce the maternal mortality rate in that country.

In PNG, Send Hope Not Flowers provides funding for baby bundles which include cotton nappies, a blanket, sanitary supplies for the mother and baby clothes wrapped in a plastic baby bath. Mothers receive this when they have a supervised birth in a health centre.

I first donated to the organisation in 2016 when my nephew was born instead of purchasing flowers for his mum. For the cost of a bunch of flowers, this money can help save the life of another mother in the developing world.

For me, it was a beautiful way to celebrate the birth of my nephew by helping another mother especially considering that every 90 seconds, somewhere in the world, a woman dies from complications in childbirth.

Since that time, I’ve swapped giving flowers for new babies by making a donation to Send Hope Not Flowers. I’ve also made donations in lieu of gifts for Mother’s Day.

The Send Hope Not Flowers website also allows you to buy a birthday, Mother’s Day, Christmas, or sympathy card, write a message and have it sent directly within a few clicks of a mouse. Donations are tax-deductible.

For more information, visit the Send Hope Not Flowers website.