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Making every day count!

On May 13 this year I turned 65 and this has me thinking ‘What now?’;various recent changes in my life have left me somewhat adrift regarding what’s next . . .


Recently, while looking into my tiny granddaughter’s eyes, I thought, why not make ‘#65’ significant by supporting a cause that impacts women and children. Talk of maternal health issues has been drifting in and out of our home since before Christmas as my husband Neal prepared to fly to Guatamala with International Needs Canada. The statistics for maternal mortality in Guatamala are shocking. So I said to myself why not go ahead and ‘do what is right in front of you’ and from now on ‘make every day count’.

As those close to me know, I have always held women and children close to my heart. I come from a family of six children and my parents were good role models regarding love and generosity, despite the hardships they themselves faced as immigrants. I have spent many years teaching in primary school while also volunteering as a support worker of adult survivors of sexual abuse. For the last fifteen years, I have also undertaken voluntary work with International Needs Canada where children and moms are always the focus.


  • Guatemala is among the worst in the global south for maternal and child mortality.

  • The reported rates for 2012 were:
  • 15 out of 1000 neonatal deaths (5 times higher than in Canada)
  • 140 out of 1000 maternal deaths (2000 times higher than in Canada).


Many deaths are preventable.
International Needs Canada is looking to:

Fund a three-year program to permanently reduce preventable maternal and new born death.

Since 1974, International Needs Canada has been changing lives across the globe. By building relationships with local leaders and recognizing their unique understanding of their own cultures. International Needs Canada works alongside them to permanently improve the quality of life.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read the above and in advance for your generous support and donations. Every $ counts!


Aggie Stretch
“making every day count”

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