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Young Manitoba Poets Speak Out on Maternal, Newborn, and Child Health

Released on February 5th 2015

Winnipeg, MB – To celebrate International Development Week 2015 (February 1-7, 2015), four talented high school students from around Manitoba have created a spoken word piece called “When the Child is Healthy, the Mother is Happy” about one of today’s leading topics in international development, Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (MNCH).

The Manitoba Council for International Cooperation (MCIC) arranged for these talented young Manitobans to get together to write and perform a spoken word piece. “When the Child is Healthy, the Mother is Happy” tells the story of a young woman, the barriers she faces during pregnancy, and the life her daughter lives.

Catherine Bergs, Kierstin Whitney, Abdul Abusaleh and Ashton Bonkowski worked with spoken word facilitator Steve Locke to create the piece in celebration of International Development Week 2015 with MCIC.

The spoken word piece “When the Child is Healthy, the Mother is Happy” has been posted at as part of the We Are Making a Difference campaign. Manitobans are invited to watch the videos and enter a contest to win Fair Trade chocolate for a whole year.

For 25 years, IDW has taken place during the first full week of February. This year, it is taking place from February 1-7, 2015. It is proclaimed by Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada and is a great opportunity to explore how Canada and Canadians are making a difference around the world!